Culture (page 9)

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    The rise of dangerous secular cults

    John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist documents one disturbing result of America’s drift away from religion. For years now, pollsters and demographers have been chronicling the decline of religion in America. And it’s not just religious affiliation that’s declining. Along with lower rates of church attendance, religious weddings…
    Mitch Kokai, August 4, 2020
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    Hanson laments summer of ‘cultural suicide’

    Victor Davis Hanson of National Review Online ponders the impact of this summer’s political developments. Cultural suicide used to be a popular diagnosis of why things suddenly just quit. Historians such as Oswald Spengler and Arnold Toynbee cited social cannibalism to explain why once-successful states, institutions, and cultures…
    Mitch Kokai, July 31, 2020
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    Cancel Culture’s Chilling Effect on Free Speech and Scientific Research

    So-called “cancel culture” is currently on the rise in the United States. Cancel culture is a term used to refer to the “cancellation” of a person who says something outside of what is politically or culturally correct. For instance, if a person were to say something that could be perceived…
    Brenee Goforth, July 22, 2020
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    Commentary editors counter ‘Great Unraveling’

    Editors at Commentary magazine take aim at disturbing developments in today’s American society. Across the United States, a great unraveling is in progress. A rolling crime wave, under the guise of social activism, has left city after American city shattered and smoldering. … … There is one way…
    Mitch Kokai, July 6, 2020
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    Fighting back in the ‘cultural civil war’

    John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist offers readers ideas for counting the current anti-American narrative. Silicon Valley, Hollywood, academia, the mainstream media, corporate America, and the entire Democratic Party (along with not a few Republicans and Independents) have all caved under pressure from the woke mob, more or…
    Mitch Kokai, July 3, 2020
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    Hanson revisits past cultural revolutions

    Victor Davis Hanson of National Review Online delves into the history of major cultural shake-ups. Unlike coups or political revolutions, cultural revolutions don’t just change governments or leaders. Instead, they try to redefine entire societies. Their leaders call them “holistic” and “systematic.” Cultural revolutionaries attack the very referents…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2020
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    Civil society’s vital role in addressing COVID-19

    Ryan Streeter and David Wilde explain at Real Clear Policy why response to the COVID-19 pandemic requires a strong civil society. The spirit of American volunteerism has been on display from the very beginning of the coronavirus crisis: Medical workers have flocked to virus hotspots to help; scientists…
    Mitch Kokai, May 26, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on the state elections board losing its request to loosen rules for the 2020 elections. John Trump’s Daily Journal focuses on COVID-19’s impact on music festivals and professional musicians.
    Mitch Kokai, May 22, 2020