Tagged: Politics

Farouk Shami’s strange radio ad 3

Farouk Shami’s strange radio ad

Farouk Shami is running for Governor in Texas. He’s got an impressive business resume, and some ambitious ideas, but I won’t be voting for him. For one, he’s betting $10 million and half his term that he can create 100,000 jobs in two years. That just doesn’t seem realistic. But...

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Is racial bias the same as racism?

In this political olympiad the notion of racism has received steadier attention than it has at any point in my lifetime. The only thing that comes close is the Rodney King beating and the LA riots. Since those were individual incidents that, though reported on for months, only occupied a...

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Rock My Worldview

We talk a lot, especially in the midst of the postmodern and emergent philosophical/theological movements, about challenges to our worldview. Most of us have accepted the proposition that our acculturation determines in large part how we think, and the values we hold; only those with true intellectual strength can break...

Universal Pre-K is a Bad Idea, Part 2 1

Universal Pre-K is a Bad Idea, Part 2

Culture11.com tackled this issue recently, and brought in the voice of James Heckman, an economist who is often quoted in the discussion. a 2006 essay that Heckman wrote for the Wall Street Journal closes with the observation that there is “little basis for providing universal programs at zero cost,” and...

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Universal Pre-K is a Bad Idea, Part 1

When my wife and I first heard then Senator Obama on the campaign trail talking about the wonder of universal pre-K we rolled our eyes simultaneously. As far as we’re concerned this may be the biggest waste of time, money, and manpower out of anything he’s suggested so far. Before...

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Morally Permissible

This, from one of Andrew Sullivan’s readers: Suppose that through no fault of your own you fall from a great height and that I happen to be beneath you. Looking up, I see that you are headed straight for me and will crush me to death when you land. Suddenly...