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The Common Sense Concept book series is intended to provide an introduction to  timely public policy questions in a format that is both interesting and appropriately challenging for a first-year college student with little to no background in economics or public policy.  Each 10,000-15,000 word monograph features a thorough examination of the moral and philosophical questions underlying policy debates.

These books are ideal for inclusion in coursework in political science, economics, business, ecology, philosophy,  multi-disciplinary first-year seminars and senior capstone courses.

The first three books (described below) are available now.  Another five are coming in April 2011 including primers on poverty, trade, taxation, social security, and energy.  For more information, please contact commonsense@aei.org.

November 2010 releases include:

Wealth and Justice: The Morality of Democratic Capitalism

by Peter Wehner and Arthur Brooks

In Wealth and Justice: The Morality of Democratic Capitalism, Arthur C. Brooks and Peter Wehner explore how America’s system of democratic capitalism both depends upon and cultivates an intricate social web of families, churches, and communities. Far from oppressing and depriving individuals, the free market system uniquely enables Americans to exercise vocation and experience the dignity of self-sufficiency, all while contributing to the common good. The fruits of this system include the alleviation of poverty, better health, and greater access to education than at any other time in human history—but also a more significant prosperity: the flourishing of the human soul.

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Boom and Bust: Financial Cycles and Human Prosperity

by Alex J. Pollock

In Boom and Bust: Financial Cycles and Human Prosperity, Alex J. Pollock argues that while economic downturns can be frightening and difficult, people living in free market economies enjoy greater health, better access to basic necessities, better education, work less arduous jobs, and have more choices and wider horizons than people at any other point in history. This wonderful reality would not exist in the absence of financial cycles. This book explains why.

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Mere Environmentalism: Christian Reflections on Human Civilization and the Natural World

by Steven F. Hayward

In Mere Environmentalism: A Biblical Perspective on Humans and the Natural World, Steven F. Hayward provides a thorough examination of the philosophical presuppositions underlying today’s environmentalist movement and the history of policies intended to alleviate environmental challenges such as overpopulation and global warming. Relying on Scripture to understand God’s created order, Hayward offers an insightful reflection on the relationship between humans and the natural world.

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  • Just Thoughts

    The path he chose was a path going in the opposite direction of many his age, but he chose it with the same thirst for swift achievement. As soon as he reflected seriously on it, he was convinced and convicted of the existence of God and of the immortality of the soul, and at once he instinctively said to himself: 'I want to live for immortality with Him and I will accept no compromise.' -Dostoevsky, Brothers K