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ABBA Will Outlast The Rolling Stones

ABBA Will Outlast The Rolling Stones

The “Rolling Stones” have real drive. But ABBA’s music better reflects the human condition. My suspicion is that the as the Baby Boomers age and disappear, so too will the Stones.

What I Learned When My Students Began Jumping Rope

What I Learned When My Students Began Jumping Rope

When my fifth graders all flunked the physical fitness test, I decided to do something about it.  Every day after lunch we jumped rope for five minutes.   It worked.  

The Zone of Adulthood

The Zone of Adulthood

Watching episodes of the 1960's show "The Twilight Zone," I noticed that we used to define adulthood as coming to accept that mankind's negative traits can be ameliorated, but not completely eradicated. 

Fox News Isn’t the Problem, It’s the Media’s Obsession with Fox News

Fox News Isn’t the Problem, It’s the Media’s Obsession with Fox News

When we pull back the curtain, the evidence that Fox News, and Rupert Murdoch, created and sustained our current political moment, appears far more circumstantial.

A Scrunchie-Wearing Man Just Doesn't Cut It

A Scrunchie-Wearing Man Just Doesn't Cut It

Unfortunately for men, women are fickle. Many are beginning to realize that a soft, sensitive, elegant man isn’t what they really want.

Four Reasons 'You're a Hater' Has Become Fashionable Slander

Four Reasons 'You're a Hater' Has Become Fashionable Slander

Truth is the best antidote to hatred. Not my truth and your truth, but the conviction that it is possible for both of us to reach agreement on the truth of things with reason, evidence and dialogue.

How America’s Gun Culture Cultivates Civic Virtue

How America’s Gun Culture Cultivates Civic Virtue

Owning and shooting a gun promotes self-reliance, personal responsibility, and community.

How the West Can Save Masculinity

How the West Can Save Masculinity

There’s no manual for becoming a man. Nonetheless, there are concrete steps men can take towards positive masculine ideals.

The Age of the Lone Wolf Terrorist

The Age of the Lone Wolf Terrorist

Young men need authority structures to belong to, and in lieu of that, some are turning to hate.  

Pet Owners Want To Be Masters, Not Servants - Which Is Why We Value Dogs More Than Cats

Pet Owners Want To Be Masters, Not Servants - Which Is Why We Value Dogs More Than Cats

Dog owners are willing to spend more on their pets than cat owners – including to save their lives. One reason suggested was that dog owners had stronger bonds to their pets, which prompted them to spend more on things like veterinary care.

How to Approach Your Friend's New Baby:  3 Tips for Childless People

How to Approach Your Friend's New Baby: 3 Tips for Childless People

It’s always good to start by asking if you can hold the baby. Some moms would appreciate the help, but they are scared to impose.

Two and Two Now Equal Five

Two and Two Now Equal Five

The future is neither 1984 nor Brave New World. It’s a mix of both.

How PC Humor Signals an Anxious Society

How PC Humor Signals an Anxious Society

Why is it we can no longer laugh at ourselves, our neighbors, and our respective quirks?

How the Elite's Disdain for the Working Class Could Become Their Undoing

How the Elite's Disdain for the Working Class Could Become Their Undoing

Over the last few generations, America’s elites have stood in the way of the working class’s pursuit of the American dream by devising, and then tenaciously defending, policies that actually impede upward economic mobility.

White Privilege: A Thing of the Past?

White Privilege: A Thing of the Past?

Those who smear an entire part of the population with the label “white privilege” paint with far too broad a brush.

Is Seattle Dying?

Is Seattle Dying?

A local news documentary about Seattle’s rampant homelessness and drug-abuse crisis has touched a nerve with the city’s residents.

You've Just Been Called a Bigot. Now What?

You've Just Been Called a Bigot. Now What?

Don’t fool yourself. Everyone is a potential target. Anyone can be called out.

How Would Dostoevsky Have Responded to the Smartphone?

How Would Dostoevsky Have Responded to the Smartphone?

It turns out that this paradox of isolation and connection is nothing new. Fyodor Dostoevsky observed a similar trend in his own day.

Why Time Speeds Up as We Get Older (And What We Can Do About It)

Why Time Speeds Up as We Get Older (And What We Can Do About It)

Time seems to go faster as we age. When we were children, the school year and then the summer seemed to stretch forever. As adults, we wonder where the time went.

Social Justice Is at Odds with American Ideas of Justice

Social Justice Is at Odds with American Ideas of Justice

In the end, we can have individual justice or we can have social justice, but we can’t have both

Victimhood: How Does It Start?

Victimhood: How Does It Start?

I also wonder if Jussie Smollett ever encountered a university administrator who taught him that one could gain power by feigning impotence and claiming victimhood. If so, that would explain a lot

What Jordan Peterson's Response to a Disturbed Fan Teaches about Humility

What Jordan Peterson's Response to a Disturbed Fan Teaches about Humility

Peterson fights back tears, and gives an answer of startling humility.

The Problem of Care in a Culture of Convenience

The Problem of Care in a Culture of Convenience

Caregiving is important. The mind-numbing, ordinary, unseen, everyday sacrifices have an impact far beyond what we see in the present.

Could Marriage Help Millennials Escape Poverty?

Could Marriage Help Millennials Escape Poverty?

If we’re tired of seeing this promising generation flounder, then perhaps they’re at least entitled to being shown a better way forward. 

Have the Elites Lost Their Mandate?

Have the Elites Lost Their Mandate?

Our elites believe they can engineer complex systems and institutions from the top, and thereby control national and global conditions. But our tech-based systems have outgrown such deterministic control. 

Two Ways Our World Resembles '1984'

Two Ways Our World Resembles '1984'

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four,” Winston Smith tells us. “If this is granted, all else follows.” When I read this line 25 years ago I didn’t understand what Orwell was saying. Now I do.

The Long March: Are Its Days Numbered?

The Long March: Are Its Days Numbered?

Those radicals of the 1960s seem to have won the game.  Or have they?

The Banality of the Modern Hipster

The Banality of the Modern Hipster

Hipsters, like many Americans, have confused the plethora of consumer-oriented diversions and incessant internet interactions with living a wholesome life.

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