Miscellaneous

Too Many?

The Teacher-Shortage Myth by Larry Sand. There is no dearth of teachers; in fact, we may have too many. More.

5

The First Web Apps: 5 Apps That Shaped the Internet as We Know It by Matthew Guay. Something new was in the air. It was July 1995, the hottest New York summer in a decade and a half, but heat […]

Speech

The Natural Law of Free Speech by William J. Haun. With Progressives increasingly condoning censorship of conservative views as “hate speech,” conservatives are responding with an increasingly absolutist freedom of speech. Some recent essays written in reaction to the Antifa/neo-Nazi […]

The Road

The Road Goes on Forever and the Story Never Ends by S. C. Gwynne. Lance Armstrong has a new narrative about his incredible rise and fall. Should we believe him this time? More.

Threat

NPR reviews World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech by Franklin Foer.

Aspirational

The American Conservative reviews The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett.

Gibberish

Talking Gibberish by Gaston Dorren. The study of languages has long been prone to nonsense. Why is linguistics such a magnet for dilettantes and crackpots? More.

Secret?

Your Social Security Number Isn’t a Secret by Bob Sullivan. Back when identity theft was mainly credit card fraud and a 100,000-record leak was a big deal — the good old days, around 2004 — my hacker friends and I […]

Turn On

Turn on, tune in, drop by the office by Emma Hogan. The Silicon Valley avant-garde have turned to LSD in a bid to increase their productivity. More.

Consuming

The Consuming Self by Nathanael Blake. Americans increasingly identify with our consumption. When combined with political tribalism, the result is the increasing refusal to do business with members of other political or cultural groups. In the end, an identity based […]

Price

Paying the Price for Breakdown of the Country’s Bourgeois Culture by Amy Wax & Larry Alexander. Too few Americans are qualified for the jobs available. Male working-age labor-force participation is at Depression-era lows. Opioid abuse is widespread. Homicidal violence plagues […]

Robber

The Cop Who Became a Robber by Jeff Maysh. Randy Adair was a celebrated LAPD detective. In his retirement, he knocked off banks. More.

Risks

The Risks of Demonizing Silicon Valley by Zachary Karabell. For years, the ascent of tech has broadly been viewed as positive, heralding an era of increased productivity and greater communication. But recently, the litany of corporate missteps and a general […]

Politicized

Bullying A Leftist Think Tank Pierces Google’s Carefully Cultivated ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Image by Robert Tracinski. Google shows what ‘Silicon Valley progressivism’ means: being the Left’s enforcers in the culture wars, in exchange for dispensation for economic sins. More.

Light Redux

Postings will remain light for August, but should return to normal next month.

Culture

2017 Index of Culture and Opportunity: The Social and Economic Trends that Shape America by The Heritage Foundation. The 2017 Index of Culture and Opportunity evaluates a range of factors needed to sustain freedom and opportunity in America. Through charts […]

Pseudoscience

The New Astrology by Alan Jay Levinovitz. By fetishising mathematical models, economists turned economics into a highly paid pseudoscience. More.

First Half

This Season’s First Half Was a Home Run Derby by Tyler Kepnerju. On Monday in Miami, as a prelude to the All-Star Game the next night, a parade of major leaguers will step to the plate, swing hard and try […]

Light

Light posting will continue through July.

Wise

PD reviews The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch.