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  • What Drove Last Year’s Biggest Population Growth in US History

    What Drove Last Year’s Biggest Population Growth in US History2

    Immigration is behind the biggest annual population increase in the history of the United States, according to an independent research firm. “US population grew +3.8M in 2023 – the largest one-year increase in US history,” tweeted Eric Finnigan of John Burns Research and Consulting (JBREC) earlier this month. “The surge is likely short-lived as its

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  • The American Dream: What It Means and Why It’s Important

    The American Dream: What It Means and Why It’s Important2

    Have you ever known a friend who said, “Next year I’m moving to Rome and living the Italian Dream?” How about a buddy who over coffee declared, “I can’t stand this country anymore. I’m off to Ankara, where I can live the Turkish Dream?” Or an uncle who slapped his open hand on the table

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  • From Wants to Wealth: Thoughts on Contentment

    From Wants to Wealth: Thoughts on Contentment5

    My Pennsylvania-born mother owned a black napkin holder sporting an Amish woman and an inscription: “Ve grow too soon alt und too late schmart” (“We grow too soon old and too late smart”). Recently, I had reason to remember that adage. Because my children have trouble figuring out what to give me for my birthday,

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  • Lessons in Humanity From Prehistoric People

    Lessons in Humanity From Prehistoric People4

    In ancient cultures some children were born with Down syndrome and other genetic disorders. But our prehistoric forebears treated them with great respect. This is the conclusion reached by an international team of researchers who studied the DNA of human remains in ancient burial sites. Their global study involved screening DNA from about 10,000 ancient

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  • Alfred Tennyson, Male Friendship, and the Gay Appropriation of History

    Alfred Tennyson, Male Friendship, and the Gay Appropriation of History9

    It has become fashionable in academia and pop culture to claim that historical figures previously assumed to be heterosexual were actually homosexual. The trend has taken root to such a degree that the cases crop up with a dull predictability, and great authors seem particularly vulnerable to having their sexual identities rewritten by modern scholars.

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  • The Arts Won’t Save Us

    The Arts Won’t Save Us6

    I have lately noticed an uptick across conservative platforms regarding the importance of fine arts in traditional society. Most of it I agree with, especially considering its influence on education and wonder. But the trend often emphasizes that fine arts will play a major role in winning the modern culture war. Is this really true?

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