Culture (page 9)

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    Patriotic History

    Those who take Eliot Cohen’s classes on strategy and policy become better writers and thinkers themselves as a result of his care for the subject and the English language. Cohen has offered “A Modest Plea for Patriotic History” to provide all Americans, but especially children, examples for our lives.
    Joseph Coletti, March 28, 2018
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    Surprising news on opioids

    Could opioids actually have a positive effect on work? In a new working paper, “U.S. Employment and Opioids: Is There a Connection?” respected health economist Janet Currie and others find, “[A]lthough they are addictive and dangerous, opioids may allow some women to work who would otherwise leave the labor…
    Joseph Coletti, March 26, 2018
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    Pill control is not enough

    More widespread availability of anti-addiction medications like methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone would help with the opioid crisis, Sally Satel writes in Politico, as would “a better addiction treatment infrastructure.” Motivated patients also benefit greatly from cognitive behavioral therapy and from the hard work of recovery—healing family rifts, reintegrating into the…
    Joseph Coletti, March 9, 2018
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    Missing workers, missing black men

    Two recent analyses illustrate some of the underlying challenges in America. Labor force participation is lower in states that voted for Donald Trump, and even lower in the metropolitan areas that voted for Trump in those states. Unemployment rates are lower than in blue states, but it is…
    Joseph Coletti, March 7, 2018
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    “They blacklist you, rather than try to refute you.”

    I enjoy reading the work of American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers. Her analysis of the plight of boys is a serious and thoughtful look at our culture. Now Sommers is being attacked by the Southern Poverty Law Center, as the Weekly Standard points out. The group…
    Donna Martinez, March 1, 2018
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    Unity in everyday life

    Reading a book on three British perspectives on capitalism from the 20th century, this from 1913 is still good advice: Unity is to be desired in all those matters which involve the everyday life of mankind, not in the sense that all must believe the same things or act…
    Joseph Coletti, February 28, 2018
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    Fire Escapes in the Urban Landscape

    Fire escapes are such an iconic part of city buildings that a downtown Raleigh building has one as a mural on its southern face. Pippa Biddle has a fascinating account of the history of fire escapes in The Atlantic, covering the regulations and laws on their size and…
    Joseph Coletti, February 27, 2018
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    The role of community in addressing gun violence

    Hans Fiene argues in a Federalist column that communities need to play a larger role in addressing the factors that lead to school violence. The function of the community, therefore, is to assist families when they’re too small and weak to do their jobs and to help the…
    Mitch Kokai, February 27, 2018