Alienated America

I recently read a book by Timothy Carney called Alienated America; the subtitle is Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse. The answer to that question is simple, yet profound. Before we get to the answer, however, let’s backtrack a bit. First of all, let’s define the word “alienated.” The simplest definition is this: aContinue reading “Alienated America”

Being Thankful vs. Complaining

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about giving thanks, as well as its opposite, complaining. I don’t claim to be an expert on this; like I would guess everyone, I have done my fair share of complaining. I think that a good place to start is to define complaining. Here are aContinue reading “Being Thankful vs. Complaining”

A High-School Football Game Experience as a Microcosm of Society

I have a friend who still likes to attend high-school football games even though his children are grown. A few weeks ago, he and his son attended one where a series of incidents happened. First, while he and his son were waiting in line, his son was vulgarly propositioned by another young man. Second, whileContinue reading “A High-School Football Game Experience as a Microcosm of Society”

Who Is Responsible for Your Children’s Education?

Loudoun County, Virginia, has been in the news a lot lately, and not for any good reasons. You’ve probably heard, for example, about Scott Smith, who was arrested at a school board meeting in June, supposedly for being violent. What’s going on? At the heart of all the shouting (not violence) at school board meetingsContinue reading “Who Is Responsible for Your Children’s Education?”

Coddling in American Universities and Churches

I recently read a very insightful book called The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt. The subtitle is How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. Their thesis is that there are three “untruths” that have permeated American colleges and universities, resulting in further coddlingContinue reading “Coddling in American Universities and Churches”