Alongside the proliferation of religious extremism that seeks to violently stamp out religious minorities, we are witnessing the rise of what historian Wilfred McClay calls “positive secularism,” in which religion becomes confined to the private sphere.
The research is piling up: children of poor Americans are disadvantaged. Their neighborhoods, parents, schools, and lack of community engagement hold them back from entering adulthood with the same opportunities that rich kids have.
As freedom and quality of life deteriorate for many in Iraq, let us not view their plight as simply a learning opportunity. Instead, here is a brief guide on how you and I can begin to care for persecuted minorities from our homes and offices across the Atlantic.
Earlier this week, the Brookings Institution hosted a new, major voice in the conversation on welfare and neighborhoods: Raj Chetty, professor of economics at Harvard University. Chetty’s most recent work studies the relationship between geography and intergenerational income mobility.