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Let the kids walk to school!

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The always-interesting (and funny) Lenore Skenazy has a superb opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal, in honor of the start to the school year.

Skenazy cites a statistic that only about one in 10 kids walks to school today. Even kids that live within walking distance aren’t walking to school. And forget about biking ...

This week’s articles of note

“Progressives against progress,” City Journal, by Fred Siegel

“Covert operations: the two billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama,” The New Yorker, by Jane Mayer

“How the stimulus is changing America,” Time, by Michael Grunwald

“Can preschoolers be depressed?” The New York Times Magazine, by Pamela Paul

Race to the Top: lasting damage in exchange for peanuts for a few

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that 10 states won education reform money in the second round of the administration’s “Race to the Top” contest. Now that nearly all the federal finance has been distributed, perhaps people will sit back and evaluate the competition in a more sober way.

New York ...

Where is the Glenn Curtiss of today?

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On the weekend I toured the Glenn Curtiss museum in Hammondsport, New York. Who was Glenn Curtiss, you ask? Well, I didn’t know either. But now I feel I should have known.

Glenn Curtis was of the country’s aviation pioneers and a founder of the aircraft industry. Our history ...

Jay-Z’s “Empire State”: not the anthem to modernity we need

James Harkin’s recent comment piece in The Guardian, “Jay-Z’s hymn to modernity”, does not get the significance of this rap mega-hit exactly right. Jay-Z’s “Empire State ...

This week’s articles of note

“What is it about 20-Somethings?” The New York Times Magazine, by Robin Marantz Henig

“Washington, we have a problem,” Vanity Fair, by Todd Purdum

“The clash of civilizations at Ground Zero,” goteborg-posten, by Kenan Malik [republished on]

“America: land of loners?” The Wilson Quarterly, by Daniel Akst

“Bob Dylan, ...

Alaska’s faux libertarian economics

At last, we have a legitimate criticism of Sarah Palin and her fellow Republicans in Alaska. But it’s worth noting that Alaska is just an extreme case of the US economy’s dependence on state support.

In Thursday’s New York Times, Michael Powell wrote about how Republican politicians in Alaska have ...

The Culture War over the Ground Zero mosque

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It’s hard to know who’s worse in the NYC mosque debate: the opportunistic, anti-Muslim right or the Muslim-loving, masses-fearing liberals.

Read my spiked article in full here.

This week’s articles of note

“The point of no return,” The Atlantic, by Jeffrey Goldberg

“Newt Gingrich: The indispensable Republican,” Esquire, by John H. Richardson

“The Golden State’s war on itself,” City Journal, by Joel Kotkin

“Postcard from Detroit,” n+1, by Mark Binelli

“The defeat of Prop 8 is a Pyrrhic victory,” spiked, by ...

The unpopular political class

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds that “voters are disenchanted with the political establishment in Washington”. Positive feelings for both major parties are at new all-time lows: the Democrats are at 33 percent, and the Republicans at 24 percent. There’s also greater pessimism about the economy and the ...

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