Americans are lonely. Our loneliness is killing us. It’s true. Loneliness is deadlier than obesity. Deadlier than smoking. And, yes, a great deal deadlier than the “assault weapons” some people are so obsessed with banning lately. A gun might kill more quickly, but loneliness will hasten death as surely as a bullet. One
In her recent New York Times story, “Suicides, Drug Addiction, and High School Football,” reporter Juliet Macur investigates the problems of Madison, Indiana, a small town on the Ohio River. Macur starts off by limning the picturesque location and the wonderful things the place has to offer, describing it as “the prettiest little town.”
Beginning in the 1970s, the Republican Party’s center of support shifted from the Northeast and Midwest to the Southwest and Southeastern United States. For many Republican voters, Texas has always been understood to be a blood-red state. Yet for the longest time, Texas was a Democratic bastion as much as California is today.
Marching in protest has become the activity du jour in America. The latest planned protest is “March for Our Lives,” scheduled for March 24 in Washington, D.C. and at high schools across the nation. Ostensibly, it is organized by the students who survived the mass shooting in Florida. But this myth has been
The March 5 deadline to end protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is rapidly approaching and Congress still doesn’t have its act together. Democrats claim that failure to act is putting lives on the line by threatening upheaval and deportation to thousands—unless Congress intervenes. On this point, Democrats are
Nancy Pelosi gave a marathon speech on illegal immigration the other day. But how would she know much about the realities of open borders, given her palatial retreat in Northern California and multi-millionaire lifestyle that allows wealthy progressives like herself to be exempt from the consequences of her own hectoring? In the end,
Last week’s New York Times carried a story about a taxi-cab driver named Doug Schifter who committed suicide. The Times wanted to dramatize the despair and depression many in Schifter’s industry are suffering as a result of from the bottom dropping out of it with the rise of ride-sharing companies. There’s no question
Home schooling is one of the few activities left in the Golden State that isn’t heavily regulated. Around 200,000 kids are schooled at home in California. Families need only file an annual affidavit with the state Department of Education and register as a private school. Well, that’s way too easy for some people.
Where the seats of power are located matters. Given the populist revolt in the United States and Europe against the so-called "global elite," it is time to refigure the geography of governmental and transnational power. Take the United Nations. Much of the international body's perceived negatives derive from being in the world's richest
There is no good reason for home prices and rent to be so much more expensive in California than they are in the rest of the country. The supposed shortages of land, energy, and water, as well as the poor condition of our roads and freeways, are all problems that might have been