Culture

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    More proof that anyone will sue over anything

    More than a quarter century has passed since I worked with Steve Politi at the Daily Tar Heel. But he has just offered me a reminder of his biting wit and enviable writing skill. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the latest example that the world is going nuts.
    Mitch Kokai, November 12, 2019
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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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    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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    Families and identity politics

    Michael Brendan Dougherty writes at National Review Online about the political impact of the shrinking family. Shrinking families means smaller networks of kinship and familial care, which spreads out. Your friends and neighbors have fewer brothers, sisters, and cousins who might serve as role models or a kind…
    Mitch Kokai, October 1, 2019
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    Disturbing Thought About the Internet

    From Spotted Toad: If the internet were collectively acting as a gradually awakening alien super-intelligence manipulating humans into giving it near total control over their lives, making occasional mistakes and encountering setbacks but correcting &adjusting its course, would it look any different?…
    Jon Guze, September 18, 2019
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    The luxury of marriage

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon highlights a new report that offers a disturbing assessment of marriage. Marriage, once a staple of American life, is now increasingly a luxury, according to a new report. About 48 percent of the adult population is married, while about 11…
    Mitch Kokai, September 17, 2019