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  • Should Old Age Determine Who We Vote For? The Case of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.

    Should Old Age Determine Who We Vote For? The Case of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.2

    An old woman is sitting at a bar when an older man enters, shuffles across the floor, and sits down beside her. “So,” he says, “Do I come here often?” When I read that joke online, my first thought was of 81-year-old Joe Biden. Those words might have stumbled right out of his mouth, and

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  • Not All Adults at the Park Are Predators

    Not All Adults at the Park Are Predators2

    I’m trying not to obsess about child overprotection, but … obsess I do. Here’s the latest object of my ire: the playground signs in my berg, New York City, that say, “Playground rules prohibit adults except in the company of children.” Apparently, any adult who simply wants to sit on a bench and watch kids

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  • The Disturbing End of Our Modern ‘Me’ Culture

    The Disturbing End of Our Modern ‘Me’ Culture2

    In his popular work Culture of Narcissism, Christopher Lasch wrote: To live for the moment is the prevailing passion—to live for yourself, not for your predecessors or posterity. We are fast losing the sense of historical continuity, the sense of belonging to a succession of generations originating in the past and stretching into the future.

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  • The Cruelty of Modern Death

    The Cruelty of Modern Death0

    Progress involves improving on the past. Once, we used leeches to suck out an excess of cancer-causing humors, or just blamed them on the wrath of the gods. In modern hospitals, we now image such tumors deep within the body, target them with synthetic chemicals or narrow beams of radiation, or excise them with clinical

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  • Friday Comic: Bribing the Guard0

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  • What the Alabama IVF Ruling Says About the Right to Life

    What the Alabama IVF Ruling Says About the Right to Life3

    A ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court last week has been the cause of immense hyperventilating in the mainstream press—and the predictable invocation of scare terms like “theocracy” and “Christian nationalism.” In LePage v. Center for Reproductive Medicine, P.C., a fertility clinic that neglected to properly secure its frozen embryo nursery from a prying patient

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