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    The Oppressors v. The Oppressed: Critical Race Theory In a Nutshell

    Locke’s Brian Balfour gives a quick primer on the origins of critical race theory in this conversation with Mitch Kokai. Be sure to learn more by perusing the online/printable version of Locke’s critical race theory primer. …
    Donna Martinez, September 29, 2021
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    Is It Censorship or Accountability?

    “Did you have a version of cancel culture when you were growing up?” he asked me. My 15-year-old son looked at me, waiting for my answer as we sat at a stoplight several weeks ago. I thought about it for a few seconds, not entirely sure there was something that resembled…
    Brooke Medina, September 22, 2021
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    Locke Makes the List of ‘Great Books Every Thoughtful Person Should Read’

    The John Locke Foundation’s namesake appears on a new list of 12 great books everyone should read. Compiled by Bruce Riley Ashford and posted at First Things, the list includes Locke’s “Second Treatise of Government.” The Second Treatise punches above its weight; it has exercised an extraordinary influence…
    Mitch Kokai, September 2, 2021
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    HB-2 Deja Vu?

    In 2016, the Charlotte City Council approved an ordinance making it unlawful for private organizations to discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. As written, the ordinance specifically precluded the provision of sex-specific restrooms, locker rooms, shower rooms, and dormitories. The NC General Assembly responded…
    Jon Guze, August 3, 2021
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    The Playground Crowds Have Formed

    Today’s discourse is a bit like the playground taunting I remember in elementary school: “You’re an idiot, shouts one kid.” “No, you’re the idiot,” the other kid spits back. At least that’s the language we used several decades ago. Today’s vitriol is so rotten – even from kids – that…
    Donna Martinez, August 2, 2021
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    Time For Conservatives To Stake a Claim For Safe Spaces

    Think safe spaces are solely the purview of the Left? Watch Duke economist Mike Munger explain his view of safe spaces on university campuses – safe spaces for everyone.    …
    Donna Martinez, July 20, 2021
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    1984 Is a Bestseller In 2021

     I saw this book prominently displayed in a bookstore a few days ago, and I was tempted to buy it. Again. I had a copy back in my college days, but it’s disappeared from my bookshelf. Today’s assault on speech and thought reminds me of the chilling society…
    Donna Martinez, July 13, 2021
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    WATCH THE AD: “Woke” Major League Baseball Targeted

    Back in May, I asked this question: Is Major League Baseball proud of itself now? Back then I wrote this: Honestly, sometimes you have to wonder why some people don’t bother to think about the impact of their decisions. Woke Major League Baseball moved the All-Star game out of…
    Donna Martinez, July 8, 2021