Culture

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    American aspiration’s continuing importance

    Ryan Streeter of the American Enterprise Institute explores the important role of aspiration in American society. Our era of grievance politics suffers from a collective blind spot to American aspiration. We hear very little from either presidential campaign about the American Dream or the hopes that motivate small…
    Mitch Kokai, October 26, 2020
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    The limits of cancel culture

    Emily Jashinsky of the Federalist questions the impact of so-called “cancel culture.” One sentence into this article and I’ve already written too much about the cancellation of Chris Pratt. To be precise, like Kevin Hart, Pratt is not actually cancellable. That’s the only thing worth mentioning about this…
    Mitch Kokai, October 23, 2020
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    How many COVID-19 changes will become permanent?

    Victor Davis Hanson ponders at National Review Online the COVID-19 pandemic’s long-term impact on the ways Americans live their lives. The coronavirus, widespread quarantines, an unprecedented self-induced recession, and unchecked rioting, looting, and protesting — all in a presidential-election year — are radically disrupting American habits and behavior.
    Mitch Kokai, October 23, 2020
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    National Review gives me excuse to write blog entry about Eddie Van Halen

    Dan McLaughlin of National Review Online eulogizes one of rock and roll’s greatest talents, the inspiration for many aspiring guitarists worldwide. As if 2020 didn’t have enough news, rock legend Eddie Van Halen has died of throat cancer, at age 65. For those of us who grew up…
    Mitch Kokai, October 8, 2020
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    Elevating pro athletes has hurt America today

    Sports columnist Jason Whitlock devotes the latest edition of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis to a key failure of American sports. Nearly 30 years ago, in a 1993 Nike commercial, professional basketball legend Charles Barkley fired the first shot at the “role model” concept popularized by Columbia University sociologist Robert…
    Mitch Kokai, September 24, 2020
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    Fans might walk away from pro sports

    Ben Domenech writes for the Federalist about the potential long-term impact of pro athletes’ latest political antics. Pro sports is profoundly enjoyable as entertainment, and as human drama there are few things that can match it. But on a certain level, this Seinfeld comment may be his most…
    Mitch Kokai, August 31, 2020
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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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    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