All but the first of the book’s 10 chapters address a common misconception of or objection to capitalism, followed first by a brief answer and then by a lengthier explanation. Devoid of supply-demand curves or ponderous statistical apparatus, the volume contains a useful list of suggestions for further reading appended to each chapter. In his new book, Father Sirico presents an eloquent case for the importance of economic liberty, addressing complex topics such as globalization and social welfare programs with admirable attention to first principles. In an election year in which the two candidates represent starkly different economic paths, “Defending the Free Market” makes a critical contribution to public discourse.
Claire Cousino, a former Commentary intern, writes from Grand Rapids, Mich.
'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times
House Republicans who are critical of the federal health care law have written to more than a dozen companies, including top insurers Aetna and BlueCross BlueShield, to ask if President Obama’s top health official tried to solicit funds from them to support the overhaul.