Culture and Society

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    New directions for conservative giving

    Daniel Schmidt and Michael Hartmann pay homage to Michael Joyce, long-time president of the Bradley Foundation, and draw lessons for the future direction of conservative giving, which they see becoming more diverse and personal. There is a lot worth reading in the essay, but some of the areas where…
    Joseph Coletti, June 22, 2018
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    Divorce and degrees

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon details a disturbing study into the links between divorce and children’s educational attainment. The children of divorced parents acquire fewer undergraduate and professional degrees, even after controlling for a variety of factors, according to a new study. The study, recently…
    Mitch Kokai, June 15, 2018
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    Can laws change how we shop?

    What happens to retailers and service providers in the next recession? They are reliant in the Triangle on consumers who already owe $4.5 billion in credit card debt, an average of $10,000 to $16,000 per household. Until then, experiences are displacing things in storefronts. Alex Marshall starts with a North…
    Joseph Coletti, June 13, 2018
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    Cronyism’s Cost in Competitiveness

    New research continues to highlight the economic burdens imposed by big government regulations and big corporation cronyism in the US. For all the concerns about the heavy hand of Brussels on members of the European Union—and in Europe’s most competitive countries, this was a real concern—the EU has actually reduced…
    Joseph Coletti, June 12, 2018
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    What is the value of large-scale interventions?

    A group of students from an elite private school and their teachers came by the office today to talk about poverty. I laid out the case for private responses (surely human nature makes a “solution” impossible) and for rolling back government regulations. Then came the question that always justifies government…
    Joseph Coletti, May 31, 2018
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    Assessing America’s declining birth rate

    David French asks at National Review Online whether a downturn in the American birth rate signals “the death of hope.” Last week the National Center for Health Statistics reported that America’s general fertility rate hit a record low in 2017. That record — bad enough on its own…
    Mitch Kokai, May 25, 2018
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    Ikea’s Cary pullback shows importance of strategy for business, challenge of retail for local governments

    Triangle residents will still be short of options for good Swedish meatballs and low-cost furniture. Ikea  will not open a new store in Cary despite months of hype and hope. The company is reconsidering its globally recognizable big blue boxes in favor of smaller stores and digital alternatives.
    Joseph Coletti, May 23, 2018
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    Have Duke’s Social Justice Warriors Claimed Another Victim?

    Duke Universty’s Sanford School of Public Policy recently decided not renew the contract of a popular professor named Evan Charney. In response, almost 100 students and alumni have signed a letter asking the Sanford School to reverse its decision. Here are some excerpts: Professor Charney’s teaching style is wonderfully thought-provoking…
    Jon Guze, May 22, 2018