recentpopularlog in


« earlier   
C. S. Lewis: Oxford Don vs. the Devil
Comprehensive, lucid, rich in moral insight, *C. S. Lewis* pays homage to
Lewis’s talent for uniting Christian teaching with the deepest yearnings of
the human heart. In his autobiography, *Surprised by Joy *(1955), Lewis
describes what he calls “the dialectic of desire,” when we experience a
sudden stab of joy and longing, which quickly vanishes and sends us on a
search for its source. “Joy itself, considered simply as an event in my own
mind, turned out to be of no value at all,” he wrote. “All the value lay in
that of which Joy was the desiring.”
CSLewis  NationalReview  joy 
6 weeks ago by mgubbins
Of Socialism and Human Nature | National Review
If greed is supposedly the characteristic capitalist vice, envy is the typical socialist one. Envy, indeed, has most of the unpleasant consequences of capitalism — it is socially divisive, productive of conflict, encouraging of hostility towards those envied, and discouraging of everyone else’s improving their lives and status — without the saving grace of greed, which leads to work, saving, and investment. Compare the relative damage to society caused by the crimes of socialism and capitalism. Both impoverish their victims, but crimes of envy can kill them too and spread a disabling fear throughout society. As Madsen Pirie of the Adam Smith Institute in London once asked: “When was the last time you were afraid to go out at night in case you were embezzled?”

Much the same is true of apparently high-minded defenses of socialism, often coming from Christian leaders, as a system that is morally superior to materialistic and selfish capitalism. In reality, the scarcity of everyday goods in a socialist economy makes people even more materialistic than they are in the logo-obsessed West. Corruption flourishes to meet demands that socialism denies. In the later stages of Soviet Communism, a woman would sell herself for a pair of jeans; in Venezuela today, people exchange family heirlooms for a little food. But there are always hard-currency stores for socialist elites — and more than that for Politburo members. When I asked a Mont Pelerin guest in 1974 about his day job, he replied that I must understand why he could give me only the sketchiest account: “I manage the private hard-currency accounts of Soviet leaders in the West.”
Socialism  NationalReview  human-nature 
7 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Socialism Is Bad for the Environment
One explanation for the disparity is that central planners, unlike markets, grossly misallocate resources, as a matter of routine. Energy prices, for example, were highly subsidized in the socialist economies of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. As a result, industrial production was far more energy-intensive throughout the socialist world than in Western European economies — five to ten times higher, according to one estimate — leading to more pollution. A 1992 World Bank study found that more than half of the air pollution in the former Soviet Union and in Eastern Europe could be attributed to subsidized energy pricing during this period.
communist  environmentalism  NationalReview 
9 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Central Planners Cannot Know Enough | National Review
Even in their least ambitious forms (e.g., in Venezuela), those kinds of socialist undertakings have proved catastrophic. For all the gulags, purges, and massacres, the major socialist powers of the 20th century killed far more people through starvation than with bullets, sometimes intentionally (the Holodomor in Ukraine), sometimes through pure mismanagement, and sometimes a bit of both. For American conservatives, the conclusions are obvious when it comes to things such as K–12 education, which is one of the few truly socialized enterprises in the United States and, not coincidentally, one of the most defective.
Socialism  williams  NationalReview 
11 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Socialism Destroys the Human Character | National Review
Socialism is not only, or even principally, an economic doctrine: It is a revolt against human nature. It refuses to believe that man is a fallen creature and seeks to improve him by making all equal one to another. It is not surprising that the development of the New Man was the ultimate goal of Communist tyrannies, the older version of man being so imperfect and even despicable. But such futile and reprehensible dreams, notwithstanding the disastrous results when they were taken seriously by ruthless men in power, are far from alien to current generations of intellectuals. Man, knowing himself to be imperfect, will continue to dream of, and believe in, schemes not merely of improvement here and there but of perfection, of a life so perfectly organized that everyone will be happy, kind, decent, and selfless without any effort at all. Illusion springs eternal, especially among intellectuals.
Socialism  NationalReview 
11 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Why Socialism Causes Shortages | National Review
So much for the purely theoretical explanation. In political reality, the ubiquity of shortage under socialism has an even more disturbing explanation. Economists Andrei Shleifer and Robert Vishny argued in a 1991 paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research that shortages under socialism serve the important purpose of providing bribe-based profits to the ruling class. That is to say, socialism’s functioning, to the extent it functions at all, depends fundamentally on corruption — sneaking around the plan and gaming the system to survive.

The Shleifer-Vishny argument asserts that, because factories under socialism are considered public utilities, their managers cannot keep accounting profits because all profits (even fake ones) go to the state treasury. That result is bad both for the factory managers and for the ministries and bureaucracies that issue plans and prices. The only way for them to obtain personal benefit from the economic system is through bribes. Shortages increase bribe profits, just as surpluses reduce them. So the goal of every participant in the system is to restrict consumer availability as much as possible.
Socialism  culture  NationalReview 
12 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
If Amy Wax Is Wrong, Let's See the Data | National Review
As for what happens once students come to campus, in a much-discussed paper Richard Sander of UCLA Law reported that “the black average [class rank] at the most elite law schools was at the twenty-first percentile,” though his data are old as well. Among elite schools, fewer than 10 percent of black students ranked in the top half in terms of first-year grades; at all schools, fewer than 15 percent of blacks made the top half of third-year cumulative grades. (And “the grades of black law students actually go down a little from the first to the third year.”)
affirmative-action  lawyers  IQ  AmyWax  NationalReview 
july 2019 by HispanicPundit
Mann v. National Review, Inc. -- A First Amendment Issue | National Review
“There is not much that brings together National Review, the Washington Post, Time Inc., the ACLU, the Cato Institute, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but a strong belief in the importance of the freedom of speech does. Michael Mann’s shamefully crimped view of how debate should be conducted in this country is not one that any jurisdiction would want to be written into law.”
MichaelMann  NationalReview  FreeSpeech  FirstAmendment 
may 2019 by cbearden
U.S. Economy & Personal Responsibility -- Those Bootstraps Still Work | National Review
But why, then, don’t more young men and women seize that opportunity? Annual reports from the Tennessee Higher Edu­cation Commission show that the people who take the scholarships tend to have higher academic achievement and higher median income than those who don’t. When an opportunity requires discipline, the disciplined will likely seize it, and some of that discipline comes from parents who refuse to let their children watch an opportunity pass them by.

Is there a boot on the neck of the working-class American? Yes, there is. Sadly, it is typically a man’s own boot. His own choices weigh him down. His own decisions destroy his future. Elites can help, and elites can hurt, but in the United States a man can still make his own way. If he can’t, the first person he should blame is the person who stares back at him in the mirror
Poverty  USA  French  NationalReview  culture 
april 2019 by HispanicPundit
Asian Voters & Republicans -- The Party Needs Asian Americans to Win Elections | National Review
A strong argument that Asians are natural Republicans and the GOP needs to do more to court them.
Asians  Republicans  yoo  NationalReview  Politics 
april 2019 by HispanicPundit
APA’s Resolution on Spanking Children Ignores Debate | National Review
There are good and honest arguments for why parents might choose other discipline strategies aside from spanking.Unfortunately, these were not arguments the APA made in the voted resolution.In a recent meta-analysis I conducted with several colleagues, we found that the effects of spanking on child aggression were so weak that they were best interpreted as negligible.Indeed, depending on how one looks at the data, it’s possible to make it look like spanking has either tiny negative or tiny positive impacts on children’s behavior.
spanking  parenting  NationalReview 
march 2019 by HispanicPundit
Do Female Film Critics Need a Safe Space?
Some media women cry foul as male critics find fault with 'Captain Marvel.'
article  gender  nationalreview  editorial  filmreview  meta 
march 2019 by dwight

Copy this bookmark:

to read