Culture and Society (page 26)

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    Trump: A Dominant Political Figure, Even in the UK

    Following a visit to the UK, Andy Taylor reflects on how President Trump is viewed in the UK, and how he impacts the political debate. Britain’s Right is using Trump as a kind of model. Reading conservative newspapers there is to listen in on conversations among Americans supportive of many…
    Donna Martinez, February 1, 2018
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    Private action succeeds more than government

    Philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, and politicians in a Philanthropy Roundtable video explain why private actors have done and can do better than government in addressing social problems and building social capital. Andy Smarick notes that civil society has been responsible for the many of the “most important things that have happened…
    Joseph Coletti, January 31, 2018
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    Banning Payments For Blood Plasma Donations? Canadian Provinces are Doing It.

    An interesting ethical and economic debate is playing out in Canada, where some provinces are banning — or seeking to ban — paid donations for blood plasma, as this piece at reason.com explores. Given this shortage, why are some Canadian ethicists, physicians, and legislators opposed to paying for plasma…
    Donna Martinez, January 25, 2018
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    Socialism Can Make You Miserable

    Really interesting read from Brittany Hunter and Dan Sanchez at fee.org about the self-perpetuating negativity that comes with embracing socialism. To these young revolutionaries, every frustration in their lives was someone else’s fault. If they weren’t getting the grades they felt they deserved, some bourgeois professor was to blame.
    Donna Martinez, January 24, 2018
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    Government can’t love

    “We can’t help everyone,” Ronald Reagan said, “but everyone can help someone.” That optimistic take on scarcity is the heart of America. We try to forget it when we see big problems and advocate for big solutions, but we know instinctively that change is personal. Supporters of traditional public schools…
    Joseph Coletti, January 23, 2018
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    Don’t Be Evil? In Ironic Twist, Google Steps All Over Its Own Motto

    Fascinating piece by our Jon Guze, director of legal studies, who analyzes a lawsuit filed by a former Google employee who was fired. Take, for example, the collection of posts from Google’s in-house message boards attached to the complaint as Exhibit B. Here are a few examples (out of…
    Donna Martinez, January 18, 2018
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    Be Skeptical of the Government’s Pronouncements on Good Food/Bad Food

    Richard Morrison looks at the government food pyramid and cautions us to be careful with government pronouncements of what’s good and what’s bad. Starting in the late 1980s, the office of the U.S. Surgeon General took the lead in waging the federal government’s war on dietary fat. This led…
    Donna Martinez, January 18, 2018
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    Dangers linked to loneliness

    Clay Routledge explains at National Review Online one important reason to worry about people who spend all day glued to their technological devices. Most people understand the pain of loneliness. But few may realize just how harmful feeling alone, isolated, or excluded can be to the health of…
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2018