Tag: Culture and Society
NBA Players Touting “Group Economics” Should Rethink Their Collectivist Slogan

In the current NBA playoffs, the Miami Heat’s Andre Iguodala wears a jersey reading “Group Economics,” on the back, where his name would normally be. That fashion choice might leave some viewers puzzled, but the basketball series reveals some clues.  Some players’ jerseys, and the court itself, are emblazoned with “Black Lives Matter,” a...
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Fluoride Fear Makes a Comeback

“Have you never wondered why I drink only distilled water, or rainwater, and only pure-grain alcohol? Have you ever heard of a thing called fluoridation of water? Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever had to face?”

LeBron James Makes One Right Call but Misses Another

Last month, actress Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in federal prison for her role in the college admissions scandal. As it turns out, she gets to serve her sentence at the prison of her choice, and that didn’t sit well with NBA star LeBron James.  “I’m laughing cause sometimes you have to...
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Pandemic Convergence

“We hope to finish this pandemic in less than two years, especially if we can pool our efforts,” said World Health Organization boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on August 21. “At the same time, we will not, we cannot go back to the way things were,” said Tedros, the first non-physician to head the WHO....
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Coastal Commission Keeps Overheated Californians from Chilling Out

Temperatures rose to 106 F in Sacramento on August 19, and Fresno topped out at a sizzling 109. That same day in San Francisco, the high temperature was 78, and down on the central coast in Cambria the high reached 88. Such temperature inequality, one would think, should drive many more Californians to live...
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Cancel Culture as Collectivist Fragility

A conversation with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the celebrated Somali-born writer and activist based in the United States, has convinced me that “cancel culture” is not just a fleeting academic perversion or a fad for silly Millennials, but the new ideology that threatens liberal democracies. Cancel culture also takes other names: identity politics, critical race...
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F.A. Hayek and the Coronomics Crisis

F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom influenced Ronald Reagan and in 1991 President George H.W. Bush awarded Hayek the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The author, Bush proclaimed, “has done more than any thinker of our age to explore the promise and contours of liberty.” Since then presidents have paid little if any attention to...
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When Reimagining the Police, Remember These Cases

As we noted, Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor has been sentenced to twelve and a half years in prison for shooting to death Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who was unarmed and had called 911 to report a crime. Those calling for defunding or “reimagining” the police might also consider cases when officers faced heavily armed...
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Lessons from Wilford Brimley’s Best Performance

Actor Wilford Brimley passed away last week at the age of 85. Obituaries hailed the “mustachioed” actor’s roles in Cocoon, The Natural and The Thing but passed over what may have been his most convincing performance.  In the 1981 film Absence of Malice, Miami union boss Joey Diaz has been murdered but the authorities...
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The Treason of the Intellectuals

One hundred and fifty well-known intellectuals from the English-speaking world, a majority of them from the left, have published an open letter in Harper’s Magazine railing against intolerance, censorship, obscurantism. They have aimed their guns not only against the enemy on the right, but also against their counterparts on the left. And they have...
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