Nevertheless, despite cultural trends, the best available evidence suggests that political ideology is heritable, and that people with liberal personality traits currently have far fewer children than conservatives.
I second the motion by Matthew Continetti.
Events are turning me into a radical skeptic. I no longer believe what I read, unless what I am reading is an empirically verifiable account of the past. I no longer have confidence in polls, because it has become impossible to separate the signal from the noise. What I have heard from the media and political class over the last several years has been so spectacularly proven wrong by events, again and again, that I sometimes wonder why I continue to read two newspapers a day before spending time following journalists on Twitter. Habit, I guess. A sense of professional obligation, I suppose. Maybe boredom.
What quantum mechanics really means, where everything came from, and the seemingly endless search for a Theory of Everything weren't exciting enough so he's taken up . . . macro.
Nicely done by William Voegeli.
This euphemism isn’t hard to decode. There’s no point in going to the enormous trouble of creating a diverse student body if its diversity is so understated that students and their parents cannot readily discern the college’s all-important U.N.-like qualities. Minority applicants must contribute to diversity in ways that are vivid, not subtle. As George Orwell might say, all Hispanics are Hispanic, but some Hispanics are more Hispanic than others.
Interesting discussion by the bros at EJMR.
Yuval Levin reviews three books that conclude "the case for democracy is hopelessly naïve, romantic, and overdue for refutation" including one that argues we'd be better off if we let professors of economics and public policy govern us.
As Seinfeld used to snap, "Oh, yeah, I like that idea."
In this weird time "Bayesian Improved Surname Geocoding" probably takes the cake.
John Kass, Chicago Tribune. Ouch, this is gonna hurt.
Illinois is like Venezuela now, a fiscally broken state that has lost its will to live, although for the moment, we still have enough toilet paper.
But before we run out of the essentials, let's finally admit that after decade upon decade of taxing and spending and borrowing, Illinois has finally run out of other people's money.
Based on something a sophomore discovered.
A fine refutation of the why-worry-about-terrorism-you're odds-of-being-killed-are-so-small dopey argument.