The Cloud over the Future of America’s Downtowns

America’s downtowns were on a roll. Starting to revive in the 1980s and ’90s after years of decline, they had grown to become regional engines again: destinations for entertainment, residential neighborhoods in their own right, and homes to growth in business sectors as industries like technology startups began to cluster there. Some downtowns were downright … Read more The Cloud over the Future of America’s Downtowns

10 Traffic Rules Everyone Forgets

Speeding No matter how long you’ve been driving, there’s a good chance you tend to speed every now and then. Even going 5 miles-per-hour over the limit is against the law. Curious about speed limits around the country? The National Motorists Association has this guide for every state. Not Stopping Stop means stop—as in a … Read more 10 Traffic Rules Everyone Forgets

(NYC) MTA Pulls Emergency Brake on All Major Projects as Financial Woes Mount

Billions of dollars in planned upgrades to the transit system — including modernized signals, new subway cars and elevators at dozens of stations — will be frozen indefinitely due to financial fallout from the pandemic, THE CITY has learned. MTA officials are expected to reveal Wednesday that a 60-day hold on “capital projects” that was … Read more (NYC) MTA Pulls Emergency Brake on All Major Projects as Financial Woes Mount

The Woke Tech Giants Teach Us How To Deal With Systemic Racism

Essentially every form of discrimination on the basis of race in economic matters has been banned by law in the United States since at least the 1960s. That’s sufficiently long ago that the number of people old enough to have living memory of the days when racial discrimination was legally tolerated is rapidly diminishing. Today, … Read more The Woke Tech Giants Teach Us How To Deal With Systemic Racism

UC Berkeley History Professor’s Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy

I am increasingly alarmed by the absence of diversity of opinion on the topic of the recent protests and our community response to them. In the extended links and resources you provided, I could not find a single instance of substantial counter-argument or alternative narrative to explain the under-representation of black individuals in academia or … Read more UC Berkeley History Professor’s Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy

Reason Matters: Defund Professors, Not Police

We are now reaping the whirlwind of irrationality led by the so-called “educated-class”. . . . It seems that almost everybody is angry these days, and there are a lot of good reasons for it. Injustices have abounded in the last few months. Bad cops have killed helpless citizens, rioters and looters have disrupted legal … Read more Reason Matters: Defund Professors, Not Police

The Coming Christian Reckoning

There is nothing left for us but taking the Benedict Option, which is to say, turning inward to build (rebuild) our spiritual houses, and cultivate not passion for “issues,” but disciplines of prayer, catechesis, and cultivating a willingness to suffer for our faith. I expect that a number of congregations will be seized by a … Read more The Coming Christian Reckoning

The Secret Recipe for Dynamite Urban Parks

New York’s Bryant Park was once an outdoor drug market. Now it is a textbook for flourishing public spaces. In the 1980s, Bryant Park was an uninviting place, according to essentially every observer. It was rundown, and visibility was poor. The only vibrant thing about it was the drug trade. Its reopening in 1992 and … Read more The Secret Recipe for Dynamite Urban Parks

The Rebellion of America’s New Underclass

Like so many before them, our recent disorders have been rooted in issues of race. But in the longer run, the underlying causes of our growing civic breakdown go beyond the brutal police killing of George Floyd. Particularly in our core cities, our dysfunction is a result of our increasingly large, and increasingly multi-racial, class … Read more The Rebellion of America’s New Underclass

What Would Happen if Cities Started to ‘Defund the Police?’

If cities defund the police, that won’t necessarily abolish the departments. In fact, the remaining police departments may suddenly have an added incentive to crack down on ordinary citizens. As Shackford notes, “If you don’t account for revenue from fines, fees, and forfeiture, this can all backfire against the poor.” Police departments across the country … Read more What Would Happen if Cities Started to ‘Defund the Police?’

Comforting Abstractions

We have real people to hold accountable, and we know their names. Who is responsible for the mess in Minneapolis? The answer to that question is not unknowable — but it is, in many political quarters, unspeakable. Minneapolis’s municipal government, its institutions, and its police department are what they are not because of the abstract … Read more Comforting Abstractions

The Left’s Normalization Of Collective Guilt Is Ripping America Apart

All decent Americans stand against racism. But if we’re to live as brothers, we must stop indicting all those who share a skin tone for the sins of others. . . . [W]hy are so many people acting as if it were their knee, not Derek Chauvin’s, that pressed down on George Floyd? The answer … Read more The Left’s Normalization Of Collective Guilt Is Ripping America Apart

The Answer Isn’t a Free Lunch

If progressives know what’s good for cities such as Minneapolis, why have they done such a poor job governing them? What if they don’t want anything? An NBC producer posted a piece of video early Tuesday morning that documented some of the looting in Manhattan, with the looters piling their loot into a Rolls-Royce Cullinan … Read more The Answer Isn’t a Free Lunch

It’s Past Time to Examine How Police Unions Protect Bad Cops

Police brutality has been seared into the consciousness of many Americans — especially blacks — since the 1960s, when TV showed civil-rights protestors being clubbed and hosed by Jim Crow police departments. After every nationally publicized incident — the latest being the horrific death of George Floyd — there are calls for change. Experts demand … Read more It’s Past Time to Examine How Police Unions Protect Bad Cops

Rioting for fun & profit

There is nothing unChristian about getting angry once in a while. Perhaps one might say it gets less Christian the more it happens. But the injustices of this world are real; they are not props in a game show. Righteous indignation is not an impossibility. The idea that one’s anger justifies bad behaviour is, however, … Read more Rioting for fun & profit

The Conservative Case for the U.S. Postal Service

The Postal Service is financially burdened by a mandate to pre-fund its retiree’s healthcare benefits decades in advance—a requirement that does not apply to any other branch of government (or private corporation). This directive had placed the Postal Service in a precarious financial position even before the economy was shut down due to COVID-19, so … Read more The Conservative Case for the U.S. Postal Service

Heritage Foundation: More than half of all U.S. counties report zero COVID-19 deaths

More than half of all U.S. counties have reported no coronavirus-related deaths, an analysis by the Heritage Foundation shows. In light of the data, the Heritage Foundation created a National Coronavirus Recovery Commission to offer policy solutions to lawmakers to avert an economic depression “regardless of whether COVID-19 is suppressed in the next several months … Read more Heritage Foundation: More than half of all U.S. counties report zero COVID-19 deaths

The Swedes actually did have Covid-19 models

I’m kind of curious as to why Americans have placed such faith in the prophecies offered by epidemiologists given that epidemiology is primarily a retrospective activity and there is no historical data on how virus transmission is affected by a Western-style “porous lockdown”. It is as though people in the 1980s had decided that the … Read more The Swedes actually did have Covid-19 models

States face economic death spiral from coronavirus

Early numbers show how significantly the coronavirus is devastating states’ revenue streams — and could force choices between raising taxes or gutting services and laying off public employees. Why it matters: Even as some states move toward reopening, the economic ramifications of having shut down will haunt them far into the future. When states can … Read more States face economic death spiral from coronavirus

‘A Colossal Public Policy Calamity’

How did it come to pass that something as patently wrongheaded and predictably calamitous as the nationwide one-size-fits-all 2020 “lockdown” of America could occur? Who decided that 320 million Americans would as a practical matter be put under house arrest; that millions of jobs and businesses would deliberately be destroyed; that the religious, educational, cultural, … Read more ‘A Colossal Public Policy Calamity’

Federal Red Tape Is Keeping Local Meat Processors From Helping Fix Our Supply Problem

The increasing possibility of a breakdown in the meat supply chain in the United States due to COVID-19 is prompting Rep. Thomas Massie (R–Ky.) to renew his push for a bill that would make it easier for small, independent slaughterhouses and meat processors to sell directly to consumers. Large meatpacking plants across the country have … Read more Federal Red Tape Is Keeping Local Meat Processors From Helping Fix Our Supply Problem

Mike Rowe Is Right: There’s ‘No Such Thing’ as a Non-Essential Worker

Few people in history have seen more jobs up close than Mike Rowe, the longtime host of the Discovery Channel’s hit TV show Dirty Jobs. Now the blue-collar icon has a message for those who say “non-essential” employees have no business working during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent TV appearance with Dana Perino on … Read more Mike Rowe Is Right: There’s ‘No Such Thing’ as a Non-Essential Worker

Arlington (VA) Schools Curb Learning in the Name of “Equity”

The schools in Arlington County are refusing to teach children anything new out of a concern for “equity.” Although the schools are physically closed due to coronavirus, students have been doing their assignments from home using school-issued electronic devices. Now school officials fear students will learn differently if they come from different home environments or … Read more Arlington (VA) Schools Curb Learning in the Name of “Equity”

Trillion‐​Dollar Spending Bills Bring Out the Lobbyists

The Center for Responsive Politics reports that lobbying spending has jumped to near‐​record levels in the first quarter of 2020 “as powerful companies, trade groups and other clients rushed to influence the government’s response to COVID-19, particularly its $2.2 trillion stimulus bill.” Federal lobbying spending totaled $903 million in the first quarter, the most since … Read more Trillion‐​Dollar Spending Bills Bring Out the Lobbyists

A critique of contact-tracing apps

I also have worried about how testing and liability law would interact. If the positive cases test as positive, it may be harder for businesses and schools to reopen, because they did not “do enough” to keep the positive cases out, or perhaps the businesses and the schools are the ones doing the testing in … Read more A critique of contact-tracing apps