Category Archives

Archive of posts published in the category: Social

Racism and Freedom

Shelby Steele at the WSJ-
“When you don’t know how to go forward, you never just sit there; you go backward into what you know, into what is familiar and comfortable and, most of all, exonerating. You rebuild in your own mind the oppression that is fading from the world. “

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The Loss of American Competitiveness

from The Great Degeneration by Niall Ferguson Experts on economic competitiveness, like Michael Porter of Harvard Business School, define the term to include the ability of government to pass effective laws; the protection of physical and intellectual property rights and lack of…

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The Measured and Unmeasured

From Joel Kotkin at newgeography.com AMERICA’S NEW OLIGARCHS—FWD.US AND SILICON VALLEY’S SHADY 1 PERCENTERS this is an excerpt from a reader’s comment on the article above: The Valley’s failure to fulfill its promise seems to be due precisely to this: it…

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Defensive Gun Use

From Brian Doherty at Reason,  You Know Less Than You Think About Guns This is an excellent analysis of the sociology of the gun problem in America, and should be read in its entirety. It is a bit long, but it…

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Pseudo Science

from Making It All Up by Andrew Ferguson at The Weekly Standard Behind the people being experimented upon are the people doing the experimenting, the behavioral scientists themselves. In important ways they are remarkably monochromatic. We don’t need to belabor the…

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A Program for Every Problem

from George Will in The Washington Post, The danger of a government with unlimited power Lack of “a limiting principle” is the essence of progressivism, according to William Voegeli, contributing editor of the Claremont Review of Books, in his new…

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Pretending to Balance the Budget

from Kevin Williamson at National Review, We’re Not That Far from a Balanced Budget One, Americans earning $100,000 or more pay basically all of the federal income taxes, about 80 percent. That is far in excess of their portion of…

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So Much Sex, So Few Children

from Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish, A Tour of  Our Decadent Civilization Excerpt: The barbaric and vigorous civilizations speak little of sex and yet have high birth rates. Decadent civilizations are obsessed with sex and have few children. Perversions multiply in…

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Objectivity and Long Term Thinking

from Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish, A Tour of  Our Decadent Civilization Excerpt: A major difference between vigorous and decadent civilizations is objectivity and long term thinking. Decadents are incapable of either while vigorous civilizations thrive on both. If decadent civilizations…

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Obsessed With Apocalypses

from Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish, A Tour of  Our Decadent Civilization Excerpt: Decadents want emotional rewards without commitments. As a result they are constantly unhappy. They pursue happiness as if it were a quality that could be permanently obtained through…

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Unexpected Results

“We are ready to accept almost any explanation of the present crisis of our civilization except one: that the present state of the world may be the result of genuine error on our own part and that the pursuit of…

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Liberty and Liberalism

“The fact that this book was originally written with only the British public in mind does not appear to have seriously affected its intelligibility for the American reader. But there is one point of phraseology which I ought to explain…

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Nobel Peace Prize Nominees in Charleston

From Peggy Noonan at the Wall Street Journal, Two Miracles in Charleston: That was the first miracle, the amazing grace that pierced the hearers’ hearts—in America, in 2015, at an alleged murderer’s bail hearing in a plain, homely courtroom. Christian…

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Forgive, Hell!

From The New York Times, Why I Can’t Forgive Dylann Roof by Roxane Gay: Excerpt: The call for forgiveness is a painfully familiar refrain when black people suffer. White people embrace narratives about forgiveness so they can pretend the world…

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Middle Class Squeeze

from 15 Statistics That Destroy Liberal Narratives by John Hawkins in Townhall: Sentier Research, a firm led by former census officials, used census data to tabulate an estimate of the median household income — how much is earned by families at the…

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Minimum Wage Reality

from 15 Statistics That Destroy Liberal Narratives by John Hawkins in Townhall: Less than 3 percent of the workforce earns the minimum; more than 60 percent of those who do earn it get a raise within a year; more than half of…

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The Racist War on Drugs

From John Cochrane at The Grumpy Economist,  Work and Jail excerpt: So, bottom left, in the last census, 19.2% of 20-24 year olds were employed, and 26.4 (!) percent were in jail. Read up, and it was not always thus.…

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Worse than Apartheid

Kevin Williams in National Review,  A Shocking Number: Fifty years into the Democrats’ declaration of a war on poverty and President Kennedy’s first executive order for affirmative action, while spending $300 million a year onworthless diversity workshops and singing endless verses…

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The New Civil Rights- An Exchange of Evils

Marching In Time in The National Review Another mark is the decrepitude of today’s civil-rights movement. The evils the movement fought — state-sponsored segregation, pervasive racial discrimination — have been vanquished. In their place are evils that are, alas, less…

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Hiding Fraud and Corruption Behind Racism

From Walter Russel Mead at The American Interest, Note to Paul Krugman: It Took More Than Markets to Ruin Detroit: Krugman is right that Detroit is essentially Ground Zero of the disruptive changes wrought by an economy in transition. But…

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