Culture and Society (page 4)

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    God or government as the best heart healer

    David French of National Review Online pushes back against fellow conservatives who emphasize government’s role in addressing society’s ills. What are the most effective means of addressing deaths of despair? If we know what is most effective, should we not concentrate our efforts in that sphere? Moreover, what…
    Mitch Kokai, July 19, 2019
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    Bitter-Sweet Thoughts About Apollo 11

    I think Tamara Winter speaks for a lot of us in this tweet: My advice? Forget the bitterness, and just enjoy, and marvel, at what the Apollo team accomplished. One way to do that is to read One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew…
    Jon Guze, July 17, 2019
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    A Different (and Better) Form of Identity Politics

    In Hong Kong this month, millions of people took to the streets to protest a recent attempt by the Chinese Communist government to undermine Hong Kong’s free and democratic institutions and bring it under Beijing’s control. It’s not clear yet whether the protest will succeed, but it has certainly made…
    Jon Guze, June 28, 2019
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    Volunteering to do your patriotic duty

    Did you hear the one about the nineteen billionaires who loved their wealth so much they could not voluntarily part with it? George Soros, his son, one unnamed person and 16 others signed a letter claiming they “believe it is our duty to step up and support a wealth…
    Joseph Coletti, June 27, 2019
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    Occultism Is on the Rise

    At least according to data cited by David Brooks in a recent New York Times column: We’re living in the middle of a religious revival; it’s just that the movements that are rising are not what we normally call “religion.” The first rising movement is…
    Jon Guze, June 26, 2019
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    “What Do the [Tech] Oligarchs Have in Mind for Us?”

    Nothing good, according to Joel Kotkin! In a recent piece at Quillette, he writes: The rulers of the Valley and its Puget Sound doppelganger now account for eight of the 20 wealthiest people on the planet. Seventy percent of the 56 billionaires under 40…
    Jon Guze, June 19, 2019
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    The Future of Conservatism: The Debate Continues

    In a recent blogpost, I provided links to several installments in an ongoing debate over the future of conservatism, including Sohrab Ahmari’s attack on David French that started the whole thing, French’s response to that attack, and Ross Douthat’s attempt to put the debate in some sort…
    Jon Guze, June 19, 2019
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    California as a third-world state

    Victor Davis Hanson asks National Review Online readers to consider whether the Golden State has achieved third-world status. Third World symptomologies are predictably corrupt government, unequal or nonexistent applicability of the law, two rather than three classes, and the return of medieval diseases. Third World nations suffer from…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2019