Why Gratitude Makes Us Happier

Speaking to military families at a December 13th Toys for Tots event, First Lady Melania Trump expressed her hope that, “during this holiday season, people will remember it is not about gifts—it is about family, service, and gratitude.” Truth be told, it’s not always easy to feel gratitude this time of year. For many people, … Continued

Culture

Gloria Steinem Still Doesn’t Get It

Octogenarian feminist icon Gloria Steinem has been in the news lately, thanks in part to Caitlin Flanagan’s much-discussed Atlantic essay revisiting the sexual assault allegations against former President Bill Clinton. As Flanagan reminded us, Steinem played a leading role in the feminist campaign to save Clinton’s presidency after Americans learned of his relationship with Monica … Continued

Politics

Why Kids Benefit from Family Traditions

Helping my kids prepare for Christmas always makes me nostalgic for the holiday traditions of my own childhood. It also makes me realize just how important family traditions are to a child’s sense of happiness, continuity, and belonging. I’ve been thinking about family traditions more than usual this year, after reading Mary Eberstadt’s Weekly Standard … Continued

Parenting

No, the American Dream Is Not Dead

One of the paradoxes of this hyper-polarized, hyper-anxious moment in American history is the massive gap between how people feel about their own lives (largely positive) and how they feel about the country’s overall direction (largely negative). Back in January, for example, 87 percent of U.S. adults told Gallup they were satisfied with the way … Continued

Culture

The Only Way to Rebuild the Marriage Culture

If you spend any significant amount of time reading about the long-term decline of marriage among Americans with less education and lower incomes, you’ll notice a pattern: Liberals tend to blame the decline on labor-market forces, while conservatives tend to blame it on cultural and political factors. The standard liberal view is that structural economic … Continued

Culture

Why Tom Petty’s Music Will Endure

Tom Petty never enjoyed the sort of rhapsodic critical acclaim and promotional hype that Bruce Springsteen did. He was never considered a genius-level guitarist like Eric Clapton or a genius-level lyricist like Bob Dylan. And he never used his musical celebrity to become an international social and political activist like U2’s Bono. All he did … Continued

Celebrities

Could ‘Fatal Attraction’ Get Made in 2017?

This month marks the thirtieth anniversary of a film that unleashed a torrent of feminist criticism, scared untold numbers of husbands into avoiding marital infidelity, and became the world’s highest-grossing movie of the year. Three decades later, Fatal Attraction remains a cultural touchstone. Back in February, for example, Saturday Night Live parodied the 1987 thriller … Continued

Entertainment

In Defense of Bourgeois Culture—and Professor Amy Wax

Reading Amy Wax’s CV is a profoundly humbling experience. Wax graduated summa cum laude from Yale College with a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. Then she did a Marshall Scholarship at Oxford before earning a medical degree from Harvard. She also gained admission to Harvard Law School, and ultimately received her J.D. from Columbia, … Continued

Culture

When Will Hollywood Tackle the Opioid Crisis?

The scale and scope of America’s opioid epidemic are hard to fathom. On August 10, President Trump formally declared the epidemic a national emergency, per the recommendation of his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. In its interim report, issued on July 31, the commission presented some horrifying numbers. For example: Drug … Continued

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