This article, opening with a revealing map of residential patterns in our most sophisticated and “livable” city, provoked the following questions: Are we dividing, maybe more than ever, into a “creative class” and a “service class?” (There’s actually a third class composed of those who neither create nor serve — the unemployed, or superfluous class.) Another way of expressing this difference: The knowledge-or brains class versus the work-from-someone-else’s-script class. One class does the grunt part of the work required to provide amenities (and more essential services) for the other but doesn’t live anywhere near or typically enjoy said amenities. Does this mean, properly updated for the division of labor as it exists today, that Marx was not completely wrong? Does this mean, as the libertarian futurist writes, that “average is over?” Or is all this kind of prattling exaggerated whining designed to provoke class-based envy by not thinking of people as free individuals? Or things have always been kind of this way, but people just haven’t noticed as much? If I really knew the answers, I wouldn’t torture you by putting all this in the form of questions.
The White House is proposing what would amount to a second estate tax. The one we already have is bad enough.
American men have fewer friends than in decades past. We should dedicate time to fostering friendships. They provide an immediate and enduring reward.
As we experience the pandemic’s toll on the world, we can speculate about its implications for the Chinese regime.
Democrats are treating the infrastructure and reconciliation bills as linked, and so should Republicans and everybody else.
Senator Tom Cotton’s report on the service branch gets a lot right about the upper ranks, but the enlisted side remains in dire need of attention.
College Republican chapters all over the country claim they are being disenfranchised by a president seeking to consolidate power.
The Rights of Women: Reclaiming a Lost Vision, by Erika Bachiochi (Notre Dame Press, 422 pp., $35)
A review of Pig, starring Nicholas Cage.
Getting a tattoo is a choice, an exercise of free will, but it is revocable only with difficulty.
Language, of course, is generally employed by human beings to distract or deceive. So there is much to be said for critical listening.
The next mayor will have to contend with a legacy of wreckage.
After Nationalism: Being American in an Age of Division , by Samuel Goldman(University of Pennsylvania Press, 208 pp., $24.95)