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Meet the New Boss

By 6.19.15

Twenty-five-year-old bosses are the next big thing. The next big, little thing, that is. From the digital pages of Forbes, who should know something about the matter, we hear that more and more old(er) workers are reporting to young(er) bosses. Grok this:

According to human resource and career consultants, older workers are reporting to younger bosses more and more these days. A 2014 survey by the jobs website CareerBuilder found that 38% of workers reported that they currently work for a younger boss.

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Sweet Black Angel

By 6.19.15

Rachel Dolezal is neither a black woman nor a white one but an angel sent by God to jar us from our collective insanity.

Dolezal at least passes for Angela Davis’ younger sister. Bruce Jenner could pass for one of the Twisted Sisters, but that’s about it. We mock Dolezal’s claims of blackness yet rush to call Jenner, a still-musclebound six-foot-two-inch man, “Caitlyn.” Our dishonesty rises to the pathological level at least as much as Dolezal’s does. Spokane’s Sweet Black Angel merely lies to us. Caitlyn Jenner compels us all to pretend as a matter of politeness.

An age that accepts fiction as fact naturally finds Dolezal fielding offers to display her irreality on a reality television show. The a.m. TV talkers rush to conduct confessional interviews that elicit more dishonesty. On cue, reports of the obligatory sex tape surface.

Why do they hate us?

The Washington Spectator

Income Inequality, Beltway Style

By 6.19.15

I had to be in Washington the other day, so I squirreled away an hour to drive by my old house in northern Virginia. My wife Jane and I had bought it when we went to Washington with Reagan. Heady days, those. We were young and idealistic and determined to help the Gipper beat the Soviets in the Cold War, free up the American economy, and put a halt to the spreading bureaucracy of central government. In time, we came around to the idea that two out of three ain’t bad.

It was a great house to raise a family — a graceful Cape Cod-style clapboard with a big yard. Shade trees with swings for the kids. A garden for Jane, a library for me. First thing in the morning, and then again after school, you’d see a pride of pigtailed riders trotting their horses down the trail behind the house. Teenaged girls and horses — I don’t pretend to understand it, but there’s some kind of magic going on there. Roadside stands were the place to buy your corn, cukes, and tomatoes, all farm fresh. Good schools, safe streets. Demographers would have called our life exurban, I suppose. We called it just about right.

Free Market Accountability Project

Laudato Si’: Well Intentioned, Economically Flawed

By 6.19.15

In the lead-up to the release of Pope Francis’ new encyclical Laudato Si’, most commentary focused on its likely-implications for the world’s climate change debate. An effort to influence that discussion—much of which has, like Al Gore, long since faded from public prominence and become confined to international organizations, NGOs, government bureaucrats, and professional lobbyists—is clearly part of the encyclical’s immediate intent. Moreover, despite the text’s occasional wandering into very technical subjects, such as the impact of air-conditioning (55), this long (and, at times, awkwardly written) document’s deeper significance will surely be how it shapes Catholic theological reflection upon man’s relationship with the natural world.

Special Report

In Memoriam: R. Randolph Richardson

By 6.19.15

R. Randolph Richardson, World War II veteran, patriot, businessman, sailor, husband and father, who as president of the Smith Richardson Foundation in the 1970s and 1980s directed and sustained research in economics and national security that laid the intellectual underpinnings of what became known as the Reagan Revolution, died at his home in Long Island, N.Y. last Memorial Day following a long illness. His opposition to communist imperialism and statist subversion of the liberties that made America led him to seek out thinkers who could make the case for free men, free markets, national security. His highly original approach to philanthropy was based on the recognition, shared by a small number of individuals in the immediate post-war years, that American conservatives neglected the battle of ideas, preferring to seek ways of accommodating or getting along with the enemies of freedom instead of confronting them. His impact on the shape and quality of the continuing debate on the conditions needed to sustain a free society cannot be overstated.

A Further Perspective

Pope Comes Out Against Carbon Credits, Disappoints True Eco-Believers

By and 6.18.15

That Pope: What an environmental radical!

Listen to what that preposterous priest just said. He breathlessly claims he’s “concerned about the negative consequences for humanity and for all creation resulting from the degradation of some basic natural resources such as water, air, and land, brought about by an economic and technological progress which does not recognize and take into account its limits.”

Yes, that John Paul II was quite an eco-leftist, technophobe, and doomsday prophet. No, wait a second. He wasn’t, of course. Yet he published a Common Declaration on Environmental Ethics with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew back on June 10, 2002, just 13 years ago. His successor, Benedict XVI, preached along the same lines. And his successor, Pope Francis, earlier today released his environmental encyclical to great acclaim by the global Left and their acolytes in the mainstream media.

Another Perspective

Don’t Call Her Crazy

By 6.18.15

By now everyone is aware that Rachel Dolezal, the ridiculous and obviously white university professor from Spokane who had to resign as the local NAACP chapter president after her fraudulent claims of hate-crime victimhood induced her parents to debunk her equally fraudulent claim to be African-American, is in the midst of her proverbial famous 15 minutes.

And the common judgement of Dolezal, at least on the Right, is that she’s a loon.

This judgment is simply wrong. Dolezal isn’t the least bit crazy. Even the bizarre behavior and statements from this woman — that she was born in a teepee, that a black man she never met until adulthood is her actual father, that there is no “biological” proof her parents are actually her parents, her claiming to have known she was actually black since the age of five despite suing Howard University for discriminating against her based on her European heritage, her plagiarized art, the fraudulent representation of her black adopted brother as her son, and so on — are perfectly explainable.


The Activist America Deserves

By 6.18.15

Rachel Dolezal — the former Spokane NAACP head who falsely, and with remarkable assertiveness, claimed to be African-American before her actual parents emerged last week — has already outlived the limitations of the six-hour news cycle.

Her behavior is so bizarre, her history so variegated, and the mélange of hesitance and stubbornness she projects in interviews so hard to pin down, that she’s only gathering steam as her story plays out. Nothing she does really matters, but everything she does is intensely interesting. Monday saw, among other news items, a media frenzy over what appeared to be a Dolezal sighting at the Spokane airport.

A Further Perspective

Pope Keeps the Faith on Climate Change

By 6.18.15

Pope Francis is releasing an encyclical Thursday on climate change — a draft of which was leaked to the Italian magazine l’Espresso on Monday. The New York Times reports that the encyclical is “eagerly awaited, especially by scientists and environmentalists” — because the pope agrees with most of them. On the right, it’s not all love.

A Times front-page headline announced that the “Pope’s Position on the Climate Tests the G.O.P.” because five 2016 GOP White House hopefuls are Catholic — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal — and climate change skeptics. So you’ve got scientists in the same corner as the Catholic Church — but not GOP presidential prospects.

No surprise, I would say. Climate change alarmism always has had a lot in common with organized religion. What’s the message of hard-core environmentalists? The end is near. Repent.

Buy the Book

Medicalizing the Human Condition

By 6.18.15

Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality
By Theodore Dalrymple
(Encounter Books, 127 pages, $21.50)

Does it seem to you that most of the findings of psychology are either obvious or daft? Does the whole enterprise reek of morality-canceling relativism by explaining away all manner of bad behavior as being the result of disorders or syndromes that the individual bad actor is helpless before? Does the head trade in all its practitioners (psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric social workers, counselors of all stripes) strike you as shamelessly entrepreneurial, forever coining new diagnoses that can be turned into billable hours for the shrinks? Does it seem to you that the entire credentialed profession has no more insight into the complex business that is the human condition than acute observers — playwrights, novelists, bartenders, chief petty officers, your Aunt Eunice — have had for centuries?