Culture and Society

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    Planning To Talk Politics With Family Over Thanksgiving?

    Stick to movies, music, and the weather when talking with family and friends. From pollsters at Rasmussen: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 70% of American Adults believe their fellow countrymen are less tolerant of each other’s political opinions than they were in the…
    Donna Martinez, October 14, 2019
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    China and American culture

    Helen Raleigh argues in a Federalist column that the communist Chinese government’s goal extends far beyond limiting criticism of its actions. If ESPN thought shutting down on-air discussion about China and Hong Kong would please its Chinese master and protect the commercial interests of itself and its corporate…
    Mitch Kokai, October 14, 2019
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    What is killing the American Dream?

    Eric Levitz at New York Magazine claims the American Dream is being killed. He blames three policy decisions by which “we let” wages fall, prices climb, and the social contract fail. My colleague Mike Schietzelt raised the primary objection when sharing the article with me, that Levitz defines…
    Joseph Coletti, October 8, 2019
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    Rediscovering “Darkness at Noon”

    Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon debuted in December 1940 and reverberated through the post-war period, though not with the universal acclaim of George Orwell’s 1984, in part because of its more specific reference to the Soviet Union and Stalin’s show trials. The book itself has a story worth telling.
    Joseph Coletti, October 1, 2019
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    Families and identity politics

    Michael Brendan Dougherty writes at National Review Online about the political impact of the shrinking family. Shrinking families means smaller networks of kinship and familial care, which spreads out. Your friends and neighbors have fewer brothers, sisters, and cousins who might serve as role models or a kind…
    Mitch Kokai, October 1, 2019
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    China’s population woes

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online explores a demographic challenge for China. China has a problem: not enough people. If you didn’t see that one coming, you haven’t been paying attention. More precisely, China’s problem is its shrinking work force. According to Beijing’s official numbers, China’s work force…
    Mitch Kokai, September 26, 2019
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    The luxury of marriage

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon highlights a new report that offers a disturbing assessment of marriage. Marriage, once a staple of American life, is now increasingly a luxury, according to a new report. About 48 percent of the adult population is married, while about 11…
    Mitch Kokai, September 17, 2019
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    Marriage decline and the role of ‘missing husbands’

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon looks into the factors contributing to a decline in marriage rates. A startling number of young women are unable to find a spouse, and new research from a group of economists suggests their would-be partners are just not up to…
    Mitch Kokai, September 11, 2019