Culture and Society (page 6)

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    “The Perils of Zero-Sum Worldviews on the Left and Right”

    That’s the title of a thoughtful post by Ilya Somin on the Volokh Conspiracy blog. It’s well worth reading in its entirety, but here are a few excerpts: Some may find it surprising that the perpetrator of the recent horrific New Zealand terrorist attack that killed fifty…
    Jon Guze, March 20, 2019
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    Hate crime hoaxes are more common than you think.

    In a recent USA Today article about Jussie Smollett’s hate crime hoax, Wilfred Reilly, an associate professor of political science at Kentucky State University, says: That [the Smollett] case turned out to be a hoax shouldn’t come as too big of a shock. A great many hate crime stories…
    Jon Guze, February 28, 2019
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    Somebody Needs to Tell the Folks at Planned Parenthood

    In a recent report published by the Institute for Family Studies, economist Lyman Stone comes to a surprising conclusion: “In the vast majority of countries, women can expect to have fewer children than those same women say would be ideal.” The following chart summarizes Stone’s findings: Ironcially, notes…
    Jon Guze, February 26, 2019
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    Who Supports Speech Restrictions?

    The answer won’t surprise you:…
    Jon Guze, February 21, 2019
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    Daily Journal: Can government make us happy?

    John Hood writes for Carolina Journal’s Daily Journal: Is it the job of government to make you happy? While it may seem like a straightforward question, there are some important subtleties packed into those few words. On the face of it, “no” feels like the obvious answer. Our country’s…
    Anna Manning, February 18, 2019
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    Deirdre McCloskey Talks About “True Liberal Values”

    In a recently published interview, the distinguished economic historian discusses the theme of her soon to be published book, Why Liberalism Works: How True Liberal Values Produce a Freer, More Equal, Prosperous World for All. Here are a few highlights: [T]he … 18th-century idea of liberalism—which is the theory…
    Jon Guze, February 18, 2019
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    “Physics and economics are two sides of the same coin”

    “Hierarchy is not imposed, it is natural,” Duke professor Adrian Bejan told J. Peder Zane in a recent interview. “Equality, however, is artificial, because it violates the law of evolution in nature.” Bejan comes to this conclusion because “physics and economics are two sides of the same coin,” and…
    Joseph Coletti, February 6, 2019
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    Who Was the Author of the Declaration of Independence?

    Thomas Jefferson, right? It depends. At the time of the adoption of the Declaration of Indpendence by the 2nd Continental Congress in 1776, Jefferson was not recognized as the author. As Matthew Wills notes in his thought-provoking text “[t]he document was drafted by a committee made up of John Adams,…
    Kory Swanson, January 31, 2019