Culture and Society (page 27)

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    Is CEO activism inevitable?

    Our recent Shaftesbury speaker, Duke professor Aaron Chatterji, says more companies will choose or be compelled to take sides in political debates. Holman Jenkins finds the prospect horrific and adds, “If you see that prognostication coming true, then it will really be time to worry.”…
    Joseph Coletti, March 7, 2018
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    Missing workers, missing black men

    Two recent analyses illustrate some of the underlying challenges in America. Labor force participation is lower in states that voted for Donald Trump, and even lower in the metropolitan areas that voted for Trump in those states. Unemployment rates are lower than in blue states, but it is…
    Joseph Coletti, March 7, 2018
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    “They blacklist you, rather than try to refute you.”

    I enjoy reading the work of American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers. Her analysis of the plight of boys is a serious and thoughtful look at our culture. Now Sommers is being attacked by the Southern Poverty Law Center, as the Weekly Standard points out. The group…
    Donna Martinez, March 1, 2018
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    Unity in everyday life

    Reading a book on three British perspectives on capitalism from the 20th century, this from 1913 is still good advice: Unity is to be desired in all those matters which involve the everyday life of mankind, not in the sense that all must believe the same things or act…
    Joseph Coletti, February 28, 2018
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    Ready For a Reasonable Discussion of Gun Violence? Here It Is.

    John Locke Foundation Chairman John Hood answers host Tom Campbell’s question about the state of the national debate over gun control. This exchange took place during the Feb. 23, 2018, edition of “NC SPIN.” WATCH.   …
    Donna Martinez, February 27, 2018
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    Fire Escapes in the Urban Landscape

    Fire escapes are such an iconic part of city buildings that a downtown Raleigh building has one as a mural on its southern face. Pippa Biddle has a fascinating account of the history of fire escapes in The Atlantic, covering the regulations and laws on their size and…
    Joseph Coletti, February 27, 2018
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    The role of community in addressing gun violence

    Hans Fiene argues in a Federalist column that communities need to play a larger role in addressing the factors that lead to school violence. The function of the community, therefore, is to assist families when they’re too small and weak to do their jobs and to help the…
    Mitch Kokai, February 27, 2018
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    Private philanthropy and government contracts

    John Hood highlights two traditions that have shaped philanthropy today in its quest to provide public goods through private action. The compassion tradition, which in the West had its origins in Jewish and Christian history, reflects our efforts to alleviate suffering, save lives, foster virtue, and restore what is broken.
    Joseph Coletti, February 21, 2018