The opening chapters of Huxley’s Brave New World resonate uncomfortably with observations of the state of education and popular culture.
Blaming Fox News for making the news industry more partisan, and therefore less trustworthy, misses the point of what’s happened in the news.
IRS targeting continues; a handbook for manipulating the public; playing games with government investment-backstopping; healthcare on the long slide down to government destruction.
What’s happening to the news media these days? Perhaps it’s tough to maintain a large, popular audience from a narrow, out-of-touch tower.
Again in Providence, it seems that police want to go after a symptom and not the cause. In 2002, then-mayor Cianci closed down two downtown Providence pizza places because drunk rowdies assaulted a police officer outside the establishments. At that time, Cianci recommended that the businesses be closed down due to the behavior of people outside, on the sidewalk. Sure, makes sense, right?
And in other news, the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Representative Michael Marcello is going to begin investigating what happened with the state’s credit union crisis, the burning of the Gaspee and the Dorr Rebellion. Hey, why not? I mean, we shouldn’t be rushing into these things.
Essays submitted to the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity’s “Friedman Legacy Day 2013” contest suggest that public schools are preparing students for public dependency, not the dynamic process of overcoming obstacles on which the American dream is founded.
The narrow intellectual framing of the news media and popular culture have a tendency to sensationalize the candid statements of contemplative people and organizations, as with Pope Francis and his comments on the “gay lobby.”
Ethical hardship in the governor’s office; IRS scandal… drip, tick, drip, tock; missing culprits in racial division; getting out of the pension business.
Undermining the civic structure of the United States is a bit more serious of an act than should be compartmentalized in balance with endearing sci-fi references.
Addendum: I wrote this post back on April 22, talking about how our society likes to glamorize the worst criminals. I just thought I’d bring it back up again…
Governor Chafee’s veto of a minor bill to create “Choose Life” license plates indicates a belief that, democracy notwithstanding, people with views different than his must be excluded from the activities of government.
Taxpayers in Little Compton feel as if they’ve been thrown under the bus and plan to prove it to elected officials.
Finding a civic metaphor in peculiar Rhode Island traffic patterns.
Every year at the end of the General Assembly session, we see late nights and Representatives getting a little hot under the collar, both literally and figuratively. For some reason, our legislature thinks it’s a good idea to hold all the important bills until the last minute when everyone is tired and just want to go home.
At the Portsmouth Institute conference on “Catholicism and the American Experience,” Roger Kimball presented the art world as a hollow religion, standing in opposition to ordinary life just because.
Interpreting the travel of the Sakonnet River Bridge toll legislation is apt to make a Rhode Islander even more cynical.
Reflections upon a morning reading of the Declaration of Independence.
The structure of our government, these days, raises the question of whether “representative democracy” means what we think it means.