Culture

The Causes of Income Inequality, Revealed

Featured image In 1995, Scott and I wrote a paper titled The Truth About Income Inequality, which was published by Center of the American Experiment, the organization I now lead. It got quite a bit of national attention, and I subsequently debated Congressman Martin Sabo, who then represented Minneapolis, on the subject at a Center-sponsored event that was televised by C-SPAN. That paper looked at the issue of income inequality from a »

That which must not be said

Featured image John Mortimer’s Rumpole of the Bailey gave us She Who Must Be Obeyed (i.e., Rumpole’s wife as he privately referred to her). J.K. Rowling gave us He Who Must Not Be Named (i.e., the villain Voldemort). Now higher education gives us daily lessons on That Which Must Not Be Said or, ideally, Thought. Thinking the guilty thoughts puts you at risk of saying them and they must not be said. »

A face in the crowd revisited

Featured image In his Axios AM report Mike Allen notes a live webcast today will celebrate the transmission of the first electronic TV signal on Sept. 7, 1927, and the man behind it, Philo T. Farnsworth. The AP therefore marks the day as the 90th birthday of television. The webcast is set for 6:00 p.m. (Eastern) from the site of Farnsworth’s San Francisco lab. You can watch it here TCM may be »

A Day at the Fair

Featured image Yesterday I wrote about my annual visit to the Minnesota State Fair, focusing on the humorously over-the-top leftism of that obscure genre known as seed art. But I wouldn’t want readers to think that the Fair is anything less than one of the world’s great spectacles. So here is a more balanced look at a day at the Fair. It actually covers only a thin slice of the Fair. I »

No More Gone With the Wind In Memphis

Featured image The dismantling of American history continues. The Orpheum theater in Memphis announces that it will no longer show the Hollywood classic Gone With the Wind: For the first time 34-years, the Orpheum Theatre will not show “Gone With The Wind” during its Summer movie series in 2018. “Gone With The Wind” was shown on August 11th, and after the theater received several comments about the showing, management made the decision »

Al Gore returns

Featured image Al Gore has been prophesying our imminent doom for lo, these many years. Starring Al Gore, the 2007 Davis Guggenheim documentary An Inconvenient Truth pulled down an Academy Award from the industry whose stars and executives must rank among the chief contributors to our death by anthropogenic warming. The film played perfectly into the eve of destruction mood that our arbiters of taste promote so ardently during Republican administrations. Roger »

Far-Left Fashion at Vogue

Featured image Like me, you probably don’t read Vogue. So you probably are under the misunderstanding that it is a glossy magazine dedicated to frivolous fashion. Wrong: it is a left-wing propaganda outlet sprinkled with photos of dresses and purses. The magazine’s relentless leftism can be hilarious. Like this article: “Step Aside, Idris Elba and Chris Hemsworth: Robert Mueller Is America’s New Crush.” [A]s Chelsea Handler bluntly put it on Twitter: “I’m »

Confederate: More Left-Wing Propaganda

Featured image HBO has announced that the team that produces Game of Thrones will, when that series concludes next year, take on a new project: a series called Confederate. The premise of Confederate is that the South prevailed in the Civil War, and now, in the 21st century, slavery still exists there. HBO’s initial publicity for the new program drew some criticism, so the network’s programming president, Casey Bloys, met with the »

To live and die in Portland

Featured image I last watched a segment of the PBS NewsHour in 2010 when Ray Suarez served up a paean to the alleged glories of the Cuban health care system. You had to be an idiot of the variety called useful (useful to Communists) to peddle that line 50 years ago. To peddle it in 2010 you had to be an idiot pure and simple, or an idiot for Obamacare. My friend »

Today in the Annals of the Loser Left

Featured image I thought Wonder Woman was overrated, chiefly because I have very little enthusiasm for the whole comic book superhero film adaptations, which all seem unmemorable in as little as 30 minutes after leaving the theater. And they all have the same climax: the hero is losing to the villain, until some magical point when the hero summons up a reserve of hidden strength, or discovers a new dimension of power, »

A Blush of Embarrassment at the NY Times

Featured image Charles Murray likes to describe the wedding announcements section of the New York Times as the “Mergers and Acquisitions” page, since it almost uniformly features a Stanford MBA junior investment banker on Wall Street marrying a Harvard law grad working as an associate at Big Firm on Madison Ave, while rehabbing three Brooklyn brownstones for themselves in between teaching refugees to read while riding a unicycle. The wedding was staged »

The umpire earns a save

Featured image An AP story on the Star Tribune site caught my eye, but the Las Vegas Review-Journal gives it the better headline: “MLB umpire earns save after rescuing woman on Pittsburgh bridge.” Here is the opening by Will Graves: PITTSBURGH — John Tumpane can’t explain why he approached the woman as she hopped over the railing of the Roberto Clemente Bridge on Wednesday afternoon. The woman told Tumpane she just wanted »

Loose Ends (27) [with comment by Paul]

Featured image • I haven’t had a chance to look at anything pertaining to the Senate health care bill, but as Avik Roy is one of my primo go-to guys for health care policy, this tweet is enough to satisfy me: • The House Republican Campaign Committee has put out this short post-GA6 special election victory lap video that makes for fun viewing: But as Glenn Reynolds advises, don’t get cocky. November 2018 »

Come See the Museum of Cluelessness

Featured image I’m currently undercover deep behind enemy lines in Marin County, CA, with what you might call Energy Seal Team Six (see photo at the bottom), though come to think of it, you can tell how bad California is by reflecting that by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County, you’ve actually traveled into a jurisdiction that is less insane than the other side of the bridge. Anyway, I was »

Immelt on ice

Featured image My grandfather taught me the adage that “courtesy is cheap and pays big dividends.” It’s a quaint notion nowadays, but it seems to me a sort of democratic equivalent of the golden rule. As a practical matter, courtesy remains cheap and still proves beneficial most of the time. At least it doesn’t hurt. Does it apply in a corporate setting? The question occurred to me when I read last week’s »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is thinking about MARRIAGE VS. WEDDINGS. She writes: I’m warning readers in advance that I might inadvertently be stepping on some toes today. Truly, I mean no disrespect. Please believe me that if you already had a big wedding, I hope you enjoyed every minute. If you are currently planning a wedding with 400 guests for a son or daughter, mazel tov and more power to you. We »

America’s honor

Featured image In observance of Memorial Day 2007 the Wall Street Journal published a brilliant column by Peter Collier to mark the occasion. The column remains timely and is accessible online here. I don’t think we’ll read or hear anything more thoughtful or appropriate to the occasion today. Here it is: Once we knew who and what to honor on Memorial Day: those who had given all their tomorrows, as was said »