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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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    Capitalism and the hole in your soul

    “Capitalism cannot provide meaning, spirituality, or sense of belonging. Those things are upstream of capitalism,” Jonah Goldberg writes in his new, optimistic book, Suicide of the West. Mitch has commented on Goldberg’s attribution of the modern miracle of liberty to John Locke. Goldberg explains what we’ve lost and why…
    Joseph Coletti, May 2, 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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    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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    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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    “What Makes Us Equal”

    That’s the title of a thought-provoking article by Frank Buckley. In it, Buckley compares the media’s recent coverage of America’s rural poor, with the way rural poverty was covered in previous eras: After the 2016 election, when white working-class voters turned out for Donald Trump, the New York…
    Jon Guze, March 12, 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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    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