Culture and Society (page 6)

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    Musing about alternate Americas

    Rich Lowry of National Review Online muses about the way America would have evolved if another great European power had colonized it. Our cultural nation was extremely important at the outset, and remains so today. At the time of the Revolution, the colonists were 80 percent British and…
    Mitch Kokai, November 5, 2019
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    Panning the Halloween ‘hellscapes’

    Joy Pullmann of the Federalist is no fan of the more grotesque Halloween displays on neighborhood porches and lawns. [L]ots of people are rude, tasteless, and selfish. Of course, since I believe human nature is corrupt, this isn’t really a surprise, but what is a surprise is what…
    Mitch Kokai, October 31, 2019
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    JLF’s Becki Gray Discusses Sexual Assault on After SPIN!

    Last week, JLF’s Becki Gray was featured in an installment of NC SPIN’s “After SPIN!” Gray spoke with the show’s host, Tom Campbell, as well as fellow guest, journalist and filmmaker Cash Michaels, about sexual assault on college campuses. In a very personal and poignant moment, Becki shared her family’s…
    Brenee Goforth, October 29, 2019
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    When It Comes to Vaping Hysteria, One Picture Says It All

    H/T: Gregory Conley…
    Jon Guze, October 24, 2019
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    Planning To Talk Politics With Family Over Thanksgiving?

    Stick to movies, music, and the weather when talking with family and friends. From pollsters at Rasmussen: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 70% of American Adults believe their fellow countrymen are less tolerant of each other’s political opinions than they were in the…
    Donna Martinez, October 14, 2019
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    China and American culture

    Helen Raleigh argues in a Federalist column that the communist Chinese government’s goal extends far beyond limiting criticism of its actions. If ESPN thought shutting down on-air discussion about China and Hong Kong would please its Chinese master and protect the commercial interests of itself and its corporate…
    Mitch Kokai, October 14, 2019
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    What is killing the American Dream?

    Eric Levitz at New York Magazine claims the American Dream is being killed. He blames three policy decisions by which “we let” wages fall, prices climb, and the social contract fail. My colleague Mike Schietzelt raised the primary objection when sharing the article with me, that Levitz defines…
    Joseph Coletti, October 8, 2019
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    Rediscovering “Darkness at Noon”

    Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon debuted in December 1940 and reverberated through the post-war period, though not with the universal acclaim of George Orwell’s 1984, in part because of its more specific reference to the Soviet Union and Stalin’s show trials. The book itself has a story worth telling.
    Joseph Coletti, October 1, 2019