Culture and Society

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    Better data and better ideas to improve economic mobility

    “Skill disparities, family dynamics, early childhood development and incarceration effects” are important factors in long-term income inequality left out of recent work that has garnered national headlines, write Nobel economist James Heckman and Archbridge Institute CEO Gonzalo Schwarz. They warn that incomplete assessments could lead to wrong prescriptions of…
    Joseph Coletti, October 10, 2018
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    JLF’s Becki Gray on Capital Tonight: Hurricane Florence

    Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation senior vice president, discussed N.C. government efforts to help the state recover from Hurricane Florence for Spectrum News’ “Capital Tonight.” Watch here.
    Anna Manning, September 27, 2018
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    LISTEN HERE: HeadLocke 027: Recovering from Hurricane Florence

    The newest Head Locke is out and you can listen to it here or download and subscribe on iTunes. According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Florence dropped an estimated 8 trillion gallons of water across states in the Southeast. Counties in southeastern North Carolina, towns along the coast,…
    Anna Manning, September 25, 2018
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    “Why the Left Is Consumed With Hate”

    That’s the title of a recent WSJ piece by Shelby Steele. Here are a few excerpts: How did the American left—conceived to bring more compassion and justice to the world—become so given to hate? It began in the 1960s, when America finally accepted that slavery and segregation…
    Jon Guze, September 25, 2018
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    Daily Journal: The politicians will leave, but the strong people of N.C. will remain to recover, rebuild

    John Trump writes for Carolina Journal’s Daily Journal: Union Point Park in New Bern was mostly underwater, barely recognizable. An extension of the Neuse and Trent rivers. But, watching on TV, we could tell it was — will again be — a park. Some benches were only half…
    Anna Manning, September 21, 2018
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    Obesity itself is not a health problem

    “Everything you know about obesity is wrong.” Whether you believe fat people are failures, skinny people are health, diets work, or exercise will make you thin, it is not necessarily true. Since 1959, research has shown that 95 to 98 percent of attempts to lose weight fail and that…
    Joseph Coletti, September 20, 2018
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    Poll: 47% say political correctness used to silence political and social opponents

    If you believe as I do that free speech is under assault, you will find this Rasmussen survey data of likely U.S. voters very interesting. How do voters define political correctness? For 37%, it protects groups that have historically been discriminated against. But a plurality (47%) says political correctness…
    Donna Martinez, September 20, 2018
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    Daily Journal: North Carolina will recover and thrive

    Do you want to hear some good news? John Hood writes for Carolina Journal’s Daily Journal: The past three decades have brought one of the largest improvements in living standards in history. The share of human beings living on less than $3 a day is now about 26 percent,…
    Anna Manning, September 19, 2018