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How many progressive movements are about inventing trillion-dollar consumer markets?

By Justin Katz | July 1, 2021 |

The market effects of political movements is an angle that doesn’t get much public consideration when the movements are on the political left.  Many a movie, book, and show relies on a plot wherein a greedy right-wing mogul seeks to despoil the planet for personal profit, but what about moguls whose profits derive from a…

Chart of social media sites' political skew

Twitter is essentially enemy territory for conservatives, which is good because its ethos is contrary to our approach.

By Justin Katz | June 30, 2021 |

Brien Riedle recently tweeted some info from Pew Research that conservatives (or just non-radicals) should keep in mind.  Overall Twitter users skew Democrat so heavily it would be tied with Hawaii and Vermont as the most liberal state.  But the most active Twitter users (producing 92% of all tweets) are so skewed that they would…

A "thank you" road sign

Gratitude is emerging as an important deficit in American culture.

By Justin Katz | June 30, 2021 |

At a midlife crossroads with the opportunity for career adjustments, I’ve been reading life-improvement and business-type books, and one repeated theme that wouldn’t necessarily come first to mind in that genre is the value of gratitude.  Being grateful affects how you approach problems and how you present yourself, which affects your ability to overcome challenges…

Woman reading in a hammock

There are good and bad reasons to take your time looking for a job.

By Justin Katz | June 30, 2021 |

This news that Charlie McCarthy reports for Newsmax is not surprising: There are about 10 million unemployed workers in the U.S., and more than nine million jobs available, yet only 10% of job seekers say they’re looking actively and urgently, Axios reported Wednesday. About 15% say they’re looking actively but not urgently. About 45% said they’re…

School girl in medical mask

The state Department of Education still wants to mask young children in the autumn.

By Justin Katz | June 30, 2021 |

A press release just out from the Rhode Island Department of Education announcing COVID-related standards for the return to school, takes some steps toward acknowledging science in the fall by eliminating requirements that schools provide an virtual-learning option.  Moreover, while recommendations to be cautions whenever possible remain in place (e.g., encouragement toward out-door dining when…

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter

Brown University Professor Glenn Loury is a Rhode Island treasure who ought to be much more prominent in these parts.

By Justin Katz | June 29, 2021 |

Here he is plainly stating a purpose for higher education that used to enjoy broad (near-universal) agreement, as quoted by Katie Pavlich on Townhall: “To teach people they are [their skin color], is criminal in my opinion, okay? We are to challenge them. They come in telling me that they are this or they are…

Statue of justice

Standing does matter in our legal system, but our courts are undermining it.

By Justin Katz | June 29, 2021 |

Writing from the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, GianCarlo Canaparo offers a short explainer of why standing matters in legal proceedings and how the judiciary is currently making a mess of it. Both of those points are valuable to read, because the reason to limit cases based on standing…

A card reading "truth" in the dirt.

Yes, manipulating you through language is their plan, in part through style guides.

By Justin Katz | June 29, 2021 |

One of the best compliments I’ve ever received came from an openly socialist English professor concerning a short essay I’d written about Walt Whitman’s “O Captain! My Captain!”  I think he read the essay to the class and then said that if I kept writing that well I’d be certain to be locked up one…

Tucker Carlson reports NSA spying

Feds’ spying on Tucker Carlson should make us glad RI has no spy apparatus.

By Justin Katz | June 29, 2021 |

It should also make us value federalism more.  Moving power away from local hands and toward a central government that necessarily has spies and a military is a terrible idea.  The petty tyrants of your local government may be annoying and difficult to challenge, but they’re still easier to deal with than a tyrannical D.C.…

A college class

Mike Rowe is right that making people pay for others’ college degrees is unfair.

By Justin Katz | June 28, 2021 |

He made the comment to The Daily Wire’s Amanda Prestigiacomo when she asked him about Bill Maher’s recent rant against free college.  Here’s Rowe: The “Dirty Jobs” host said that he believes that “making taxpayers pay the tuition of those who wish to attend a university” is “profound unfairness,” adding that such a point has been…