Culture and Society (page 12)

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    Scary headline overlooks positive experiences

    Families have found nontraditional ways to meet a basic need with less regulation and lower costs. The headline warns “experts are concerned,” but the families are generally happy with their experience. This time, experts are not wringing their hands about “unaccountable” charter schools,  but about health care sharing ministries. The…
    Joseph Coletti, December 17, 2018
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    Human freedom

    Carlo Lancellotti has done the English-speaking world a great service in translating and commenting on the work of Italian philosopher Augusto Del Noce. Consider “Augusto Del Noce on the ‘New Totalitarianism'” from the summer 2017 issue of Communio, which elucidates Del Noce’s views on ‘scientism’ and transcendence. In…
    Joseph Coletti, December 17, 2018
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    About those “Consent Videos”

    Lyman Stone retweeted this thread:…
    Jon Guze, December 7, 2018
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    Charity is the latest victim of our partisan culture

    Charitable giving is lower in places with competitive politics and giving declines among people when their party is in the minority, NC State professor Richard Clerkin and his co-authors found in a recent paper. Another interesting aspect of the study is its presumption that taxes complement charitable giving,…
    Joseph Coletti, December 3, 2018
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    Why charitable contributions are tax deductible

    One of the currently fashionable complaints about charitable and philanthropic giving of even left-leaning billionaires like Jeff Bezos is that the money does nothing to help the poor or reduce income inequality. James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley in an essay at Commentary  argue that charitable giving receives a tax…
    Joseph Coletti, November 30, 2018
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    Keeping It Classy in Durham

    Last night, I came across this poster attached to a telephone pole near Duke’s west campus:…
    Jon Guze, November 20, 2018
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    Better to have an American describe how bad Americans are at describing badness

    It is as if American vocabularies have lost the ability and terms to make the fine distinctions needed for drawing richer, fuller distinctions.
    Jon Sanders, November 19, 2018
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    People give to charities for more than tax deductions

    Nonprofit organizations, like retailers, earn a significant portion of their revenue for a year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. This was the case even before Giving Tuesday. What better time to consider why people give in the first place? Giving USA estimates that tax reform’s change in the…
    Joseph Coletti, November 16, 2018