Culture (page 8)

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    Who’s winning the culture wars?

    Those on the political right tend to lament the left’s apparent dominance of the “culture wars.” Eddie Scarry of the Washington Examiner offers an alternative view. It must be written somewhere that in the age of Trump, Democrats and the national media are required to stake out thoroughly…
    Mitch Kokai, May 29, 2018
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    Assessing America’s declining birth rate

    David French asks at National Review Online whether a downturn in the American birth rate signals “the death of hope.” Last week the National Center for Health Statistics reported that America’s general fertility rate hit a record low in 2017. That record — bad enough on its own…
    Mitch Kokai, May 25, 2018
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    You can’t get skinny by tightening your belt

    Peter Boettke discussed who should have the authority for different public functions in his address as president of the Southern Economic Association and in this week’s episode of EconTalk. It’s a big topic that raises important questions on freedom and community. Fortunately, Boettke worked closely with Richard Cornuelle on…
    Joseph Coletti, May 17, 2018
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    How things spread

    Andrew Ewald is not a typical cancer researcher. He trained as a physicist and began using actual cancer cells in a three-dimensional medium to study how cancer spreads instead of looking at two-dimensional surfaces. A profile of Ewald in Johns Hopkins Magazine explains that his research eventually led him…
    Joseph Coletti, May 4, 2018
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    Bridging divides in policy, culture, and on campus

    Metaphors, stories, and parables help us glimpse the unseeable, touch the unapproachable, and plumb the unfathomable. We learn from experience and example. As knowledge of the world grows more specialized, the cost and likelihood of isolation also grow. Samuel Matlack explains in an elegant essay that “if it mattes…
    Joseph Coletti, April 23, 2018
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    There is hope in small towns and there are challenges in cities

    Can we save the small towns and rural areas that are losing people to booming metropolitan areas? Gracy Olmstead explores the options and some of the overlooked costs and benefits what we leave behind may not be all bad, as we go out in search of greater gains: “The…
    Joseph Coletti, April 20, 2018
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    Wait for it

    Some truths span cultures, even if we forget them from time to time. When somebody rediscovers one of these truths, it starts to show up everywhere. Consider the importance of waiting to have children until marriage, which should come after completing education and beginning work (or post-secondary education). The Journals…
    Joseph Coletti, March 29, 2018
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    Middle schooler draws stick figure holding gun, gets suspended

    The story is shocking but not surprising.  Sampson County Schools administrators suspended a Roseboro Salemburg Middle School student for “a doodle that showed stick figures holding guns and knives.” The “threatening” artwork:                 The silly response: “Due to everything happening…
    Terry Stoops, March 28, 2018