Culture and Society (page 3)

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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
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    Things could always be worse!

    Last week, CTV reported that, “The Federal Court has ordered Air Canada to pay a total of $21,000 to two francophones for repeated violations of their language rights including seatbelts on which the instruction to “lift” the buckle was marked only in English.” From the CTV story: Michel Thibodeau…
    Jon Guze, September 6, 2019
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    “The Politics of Procreation”

    That’s the title of an interesting piece at Quillette by Joel Kotkin. These passages especially caught my eye: For progressives, the shift to post-familialism promises almost unlimited power, particularly in urban areas. Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg has noted that the singles, particularly single women, represent the…
    Jon Guze, September 6, 2019
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    What replaces the old institutions?

    Younger people and older working class men are the vanguard of a loss of trust in traditional institutions. They have been hardest hit by lack of opportunity and lack of human connection. Jordan Roberts has commented on the effects among Millennials. Derek Thompson at The Atlantic highlights the…
    Joseph Coletti, September 5, 2019
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    Language and ‘cultural appropriation’

    Alec Dent writes at National Review Online that the evolution of language doesn’t amount to negative “cultural appropriation.” Late last week, BuzzFeed published an article on the phrase “sksksksksk,” which was . . . about as silly as you’d imagine. The long and short of its argument? Among…
    Mitch Kokai, September 4, 2019