Culture

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    “The twenty-first-century version of knowing which fork to use.”

    That’s how Robert Mariani characterizes PC terminology in an amusing piece at Jacobite: College today functions as middle-class finishing school, the gate and key to the world outside the service industry. … [A]cademia is the font of moral instruction in American society, a decade or so upstream from…
    Jon Guze, July 2, 2018
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    Government money’s effect on think tanks

    This portrait of the New America Foundation, which had an original and formidable voice from its founding, is not just another story about money and mission in think tanks. Even before its controversy over the EU’s regulation of Google and before its president got caught in cahoots with Hillary…
    Joseph Coletti, June 26, 2018
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    The problem of political overreaction

    David French of National Review Online probes problems caused by overreaction in our current political debates. This weekend I read … stories that both, in their own ways, summed up the dysfunction that’s dominating American political life. They’re … tales of action and reaction, of reading far too…
    Mitch Kokai, June 13, 2018
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    Cronyism’s Cost in Competitiveness

    New research continues to highlight the economic burdens imposed by big government regulations and big corporation cronyism in the US. For all the concerns about the heavy hand of Brussels on members of the European Union—and in Europe’s most competitive countries, this was a real concern—the EU has actually reduced…
    Joseph Coletti, June 12, 2018
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    Who’s winning the culture wars?

    Those on the political right tend to lament the left’s apparent dominance of the “culture wars.” Eddie Scarry of the Washington Examiner offers an alternative view. It must be written somewhere that in the age of Trump, Democrats and the national media are required to stake out thoroughly…
    Mitch Kokai, May 29, 2018
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    Assessing America’s declining birth rate

    David French asks at National Review Online whether a downturn in the American birth rate signals “the death of hope.” Last week the National Center for Health Statistics reported that America’s general fertility rate hit a record low in 2017. That record — bad enough on its own…
    Mitch Kokai, May 25, 2018
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    You can’t get skinny by tightening your belt

    Peter Boettke discussed who should have the authority for different public functions in his address as president of the Southern Economic Association and in this week’s episode of EconTalk. It’s a big topic that raises important questions on freedom and community. Fortunately, Boettke worked closely with Richard Cornuelle on…
    Joseph Coletti, May 17, 2018
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    How things spread

    Andrew Ewald is not a typical cancer researcher. He trained as a physicist and began using actual cancer cells in a three-dimensional medium to study how cancer spreads instead of looking at two-dimensional surfaces. A profile of Ewald in Johns Hopkins Magazine explains that his research eventually led him…
    Joseph Coletti, May 4, 2018