Culture and Society

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    Sounds Reasonable to Me

    In a thoughtful review of a Eric Kaufmann’s Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration, and the Future of White Majorities, National Review’s Robert VerBruggen offers a sensible, middle of the road position on immigration:  The current immigration system is a complete disaster. We hand out a million…
    Jon Guze, April 18, 2019
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    Williamson plugs the division of labor

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online asks readers to consider the importance of the division of labor. I would like you to entertain, for a moment, an idea that might sound a little eccentric, or maybe as plain and obvious as a thing can be. It is this:…
    Mitch Kokai, April 16, 2019
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    About that Elon poll: Why do young adults seem so fearful?

    From a look at the crosstabulations, it appears the 18-to-29-year-old cohort are the most fearful adults. My question is, Why?
    Jon Sanders, April 15, 2019
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    How 2019 could be like 1969

    World events from the failed Arab Spring to the elections of 2016 “should have mugged” conservatives to question the post-War “secular-liberal-technocratic consensus,” says New York Post Op-Ed Editor Sohrab Ahmari. In his First Things review of Max Boot’s memoir The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right, Ahmari sees parallels…
    Joseph Coletti, April 10, 2019
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    “Gettysburg and Us: Reflections on the Civil War and our current state of division”

    That’s the title of a recent City Journal post in which  E.M. Oblomov compares the current conflict between left and right with the older conflict between North and South. Here’s an excerpt: Our current politics is sometimes described as a “cold civil war,” but I don’t think that’s…
    Jon Guze, April 9, 2019
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    Looks Like Maybe the “Peer Effect” Is Real After All

    The National Bureau of Economic Research has just released a study called “Schools, Neighborhoods, and the Long-Run Effect of Crime-Prone Peers.” Here’s the abstract: This paper examines how elementary-aged peers affect cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes from adolescence to adulthood. We identify effects by exploiting within-school and within-neighborhood…
    Jon Guze, April 8, 2019
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    CJ reports: Lawmakers, educators meet in Greensboro to address dropout crisis, ways to promote students’ success

    Carolina Journal‘s Kari Travis reports: Margaree Brown grew up in Everetts, North Carolina. Her high school had fewer than 400 students. Her graduating class was a group of just 40. Now a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Brown is a first-generation college student and one…
    Anna Manning, April 8, 2019
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    “The Perils of Zero-Sum Worldviews on the Left and Right”

    That’s the title of a thoughtful post by Ilya Somin on the Volokh Conspiracy blog. It’s well worth reading in its entirety, but here are a few excerpts: Some may find it surprising that the perpetrator of the recent horrific New Zealand terrorist attack that killed fifty…
    Jon Guze, March 20, 2019