Culture and Society (page 3)

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    A decadent society documented

    Charles Murray dissects Ross Douthat‘s latest tome for the Claremont Review of Books. “Complaining about decadence is, almost by definition, a luxury good,” Ross Douthat observes in his new book, The Decadent Society. It is also an easy target for derision if returning to an un-decadent society…
    Mitch Kokai, August 31, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on a union campaign among nurses in western North Carolina. John Trump’s Daily Journal explains why a popular song lyric linked to Raleigh no longer rings true.
    Mitch Kokai, August 13, 2020
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    Gallup Survey: Black Americans Want Police to Retain Local Presence

    Well this certainly runs counter to the national media narrative. Here’s the new Gallup survey, which Gallup says included large samples of Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans, weighted to their correct proportions of the population. When asked whether they want the police to spend more time, the same amount of…
    Donna Martinez, August 7, 2020
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    Full NFL season sounds like a tall task

    Jim Geraghty of National Review Online probes prospects for a full season of professional football. Compared with teams in other sports, NFL teams have many more players to monitor, test, and keep away from potentially contagious situations. Recognizing that infections might require teams to make unexpected substitutions, Major…
    Mitch Kokai, August 6, 2020
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    The rise of dangerous secular cults

    John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist documents one disturbing result of America’s drift away from religion. For years now, pollsters and demographers have been chronicling the decline of religion in America. And it’s not just religious affiliation that’s declining. Along with lower rates of church attendance, religious weddings…
    Mitch Kokai, August 4, 2020
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    Hanson laments summer of ‘cultural suicide’

    Victor Davis Hanson of National Review Online ponders the impact of this summer’s political developments. Cultural suicide used to be a popular diagnosis of why things suddenly just quit. Historians such as Oswald Spengler and Arnold Toynbee cited social cannibalism to explain why once-successful states, institutions, and cultures…
    Mitch Kokai, July 31, 2020
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    Baseball as pick-me-up

    Matthew Continetti offers National Review Online readers an amateur assessment of the national pastime. It is the abnormality of this season that makes it worth opining on. Baseball arrives at the very moment when America most needs a pick-me-up. A resurgent pandemic, economic depression, lawlessness in Portland and…
    Mitch Kokai, July 28, 2020
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    I don’t know if Harvey Risch is right about hydroxychloroquine…

    But I think he’s definitely right about the politicization of medicine. Harvey Risch, who’s a Professor of Epidemiology at Yale’s School of Public Health, published an opinion piece yesterday called, “The Key to Defeating COVID-19 Already Exists. We Need to Start Using It.” Here are some excerpts:…
    Jon Guze, July 24, 2020