The Left’s Illiberal Coercion Strategy Targets Businesses

What do Anheuser-Busch InBev, Grubhub, New Balance, Kellogg’s, and the HGTV show Fixer Upper have in common? On the surface, not a whole lot—except that, over the past several weeks, each one has been the subject of a political controversy. On October 28th, Adweek reported that Anheuser-Busch InBev was ending its parodic “Bud Light Party” … Continued

Politics

‘Beauty and the Beast’ is the Greatest Disney Film of All Time

Shortly before Thanksgiving, Entertainment Weekly marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast by publishing an interview with actress Angela Lansbury, who voiced the character of Mrs. Potts in the iconic 1991 animated movie. Lansbury, now ninety-one, shared blissful memories of the film’s production and told charming anecdotes about its legacy. To this … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

The Silver Lining of a Brutal Election Campaign

The past year and a half has been a moment of polarization, acrimony, and downright viciousness in American politics. Sadly, these trends have continued in the days since November 8. We’ve seen throngs of people marching or rioting in the streets to protest a free and fair election outcome, while others rally behind the hashtag … Continued

Politics

Yes, There Is Life After Majoring in English

In 1967, the core humanities disciplines—including English, literature, languages, history, philosophy, and classics—accounted for more than 17 percent of all bachelor’s degrees conferred in the United States. By 2014, they accounted for only 6.1 percent, their lowest share on record. Those figures come from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, which also reports that … Continued

Culture

The Crisis of America’s Nonworking Men

Based on the official unemployment rate—which held steady at 4.9 percent last month—America’s labor market has fully recovered from the Great Recession. Indeed, many prominent economists, including Federal Reserve officials, believe we have reached  “maximum” employment or something very close to it. Based on another indicator, however, America’s labor market remains stuck in a long-term … Continued

Politics

Has the Coverage of the Olympics Been Sexist?

Here are some recent headlines about the Rio Olympics: “The Most Egregious Sexist Fails at the 2016 Olympics.” “10 Outrageously Sexist Moments From The Olympic Games And Why They Matter.” “14 of the Most Sexist Moments From the 2016 Olympics (So Far).” “The Rampant Sexism on Display at the Rio Olympics.” “Rio Olympics Just Started … Continued

Culture, Sports

The Economic Case against Hosting the Olympics

To watch the Olympics is to marvel at the wonders of human athleticism. To host the Olympics is something else entirely. According to the narrative promoted by politicians, developers, and other aspiring members of the Olympic Industrial Complex, staging the Games delivers both an economic and a psychological boost to the host city. It expands … Continued

Politics, Sports

Why We Should Stop Obsessing about Women and Leadership

For a majority of the past twenty years, the U.S. Secretary of State has been a woman. Over that same period of time, women have served as president of Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Penn, Brown, Duke, and other elite universities. Since 2014, the chairman of the Federal Reserve—arguably the world’s single most important economic policymaker—has been … Continued

Culture

Keep Laptops Out of the Classroom

We are living in the Age of Digital Distraction. Whether we’re in line at the supermarket, waiting to get off an elevator, walking out of the gym, or sitting on the couch watching television, many of us find it impossible to avoid scanning our phones. It’s not that we always have someone to call or … Continued

Culture

Why Kids Need Unstructured Play—And Why They’re Not Getting It

The arrival of summer always makes me feel a measure of nostalgia, but this year the feeling is particularly acute. My daughter just finished nursery school and is scheduled to start kindergarten in late August, which means the next few months represent a bridge between two very different chapters of her life. I realize this … Continued

Parenting