Culture

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    Exploring millennials’ faithlessness

    Joy Pullmann writes for the Federalist about recent research into young American adults’ declining religious faith. While conventional wisdom about young Americans’ increased faithlessness says many will come back to church when they marry and have kids, it’s likely many millennials will remain secular instead, suggests a recent…
    Mitch Kokai, January 7, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online feature

    John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why it’s in our nature to give.
    Mitch Kokai, December 30, 2019
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    Coldplay comes up with environmental excuse for not touring

    Mike Brest of the Washington Examiner reports on rock band Coldplay’s ingenious excuse for skipping out on touring. Coldplay will not go on tour for their new album Everyday Life citing concerns over how the travel and shows would impact the environment. Instead of going on tour, the…
    Mitch Kokai, November 22, 2019
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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