Culture (page 7)

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    Did Adam Smith believe people are strictly self interested profit maximizers?

    From his neglected, especially among economists, Theory of Moral Sentiments: Nature, when she formed man for society, endowed him with an original desire to please, and an original aversion to offend his brethren. She taught him to feel pleasure in their favorable, and pain in their unfavorable regard. She rendered…
    Roy Cordato, August 22, 2018
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    Recovering trust to reduce taxes

    If we ask government to do less, it will naturally shrink. I keep returning to this basic idea of Richard Cornuelle, who dedicated the bulk of his life to spurring private, non-market-based competition with government. The John Locke Foundation’s mission is to “transform government through competition…[and establish] a better balance…
    Joseph Coletti, August 21, 2018
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    V.S. Naipaul and “Our Universal Civilization”

    Until a week ago, I had never considered reading V.S. Naipaul, the 2001 Nobel laureate for literature. City Journal editor Brian Anderson gave a brief appreciation of Naipaul’s writing in explaining why The Masque of Africa was on his summer reading list. The discussion pointed to Naipaul’s…
    Joseph Coletti, August 14, 2018
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    The morality of work requirements

    “U.S. social policy is built on a foundation of values,” AEI’s Michael Strain writes at Bloomberg.com in getting to the heart of why reforming most government programs creates such heated debate.  Most discussion of work requirements, eligibility, and the costs and benefits of social programs begs the questions of personal…
    Joseph Coletti, August 10, 2018
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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