Culture and Society

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    An Inconvenient Truth About the El Paso Shooter’s Manifesto

    Michael Shellenberger posted an insightful piece today at Quillette: Democratic Presidential candidates and the New York Times rightly condemned the use of inflammatory words like “invasion” … to describe … people coming from Latin America. … While they are at it, they should condemn the inflammatory rhetoric…
    Jon Guze, August 15, 2019
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    Teen motherhood down, but the news is not all good

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon probes the latest data linked to teen motherhood. The teen birth rate has been cut in half since 2008, but the causes behind plummeting teenage pregnancies could also extend into adulthood and contribute to a demographic crisis. Although teen pregnancy…
    Mitch Kokai, August 9, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina has seen multiple reforms this year of state alcohol regulations. Rick Henderson analyzes those reforms and the prospects for future changes during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops assesses recent changes with North Carolina’s Innovative School District for struggling public schools. University…
    Mitch Kokai, August 9, 2019
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    Neither left nor right has cure for what ails us

    Jonah Goldberg of National Review Online questions politically motivated responses to the latest mass shootings. America is sick. Just about everybody recognizes it, and we didn’t need two more mass shootings to convince anybody of anything. Most Americans think the country is on the wrong track, despite a…
    Mitch Kokai, August 8, 2019
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    Unintended Consequences

    In Changes in Family Structure and Welfare Participation Since the 1960S: The Role of Legal Services, Jamein Cunningham and Andrew Goodman-Bacon document the unintended and undesirable consequences of a federal program that continues to attract widespread, bipartisan support. From the Abstract: This paper evaluates the effects of the War…
    Jon Guze, July 26, 2019
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    God or government as the best heart healer

    David French of National Review Online pushes back against fellow conservatives who emphasize government’s role in addressing society’s ills. What are the most effective means of addressing deaths of despair? If we know what is most effective, should we not concentrate our efforts in that sphere? Moreover, what…
    Mitch Kokai, July 19, 2019
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    Bitter-Sweet Thoughts About Apollo 11

    I think Tamara Winter speaks for a lot of us in this tweet: My advice? Forget the bitterness, and just enjoy, and marvel, at what the Apollo team accomplished. One way to do that is to read One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew…
    Jon Guze, July 17, 2019
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    A Different (and Better) Form of Identity Politics

    In Hong Kong this month, millions of people took to the streets to protest a recent attempt by the Chinese Communist government to undermine Hong Kong’s free and democratic institutions and bring it under Beijing’s control. It’s not clear yet whether the protest will succeed, but it has certainly made…
    Jon Guze, June 28, 2019