On “The Diversity Paradox”

(Ron Chenoy)

“Similarly, while professional hockey is considered to have an under-representation problem, the same is not considered true for the National Football League or National Basketball Association, in which African Americans are very over-represented.”

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When Anti-Israel Bias Finds Its Way into Coverage Choices

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Our media’s acceptance of anti-Semitic narratives is eroding Israel’s standing in the world and, in turn, the nation’s ability to defend itself against an enemy that has long ago broken its borders and used its very liberalism against it.”

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To Win Wars, Cut the U.S. Defense Budget

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“It is time to slash the United States defense budget. The money wasted on weapon systems designed to win last century’s wars is staggering, as are the opportunity costs.”

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Harris Poll’s Will Johnson: Why Polling Still Matters

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At the end of the day, it’s a pretty simple business that we’re in: We want to understand culture, we want to understand consumers’ thinking, and we’re just trying to answer why’s.”

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The Pandemic Is a Chaos Narrative 

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“Chaos narratives, however, defy our narrative expectations. There is no order, sense, or logical chronology but, instead, suffering without an apparent purpose or meaning.”

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Why Putin’s Russia and Xi’s China Are Cozy Bedfellows

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Why is there this close bond? Why does China do nothing in response to President Putin’s bloodlust?”

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The Many Problems with Race Reparations in the United States (Part Two)

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The analyses attempting to quantify reparations, cited above, will likely encounter strong and ongoing resistance, if only based on the price tag alone.”

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Rediscovering “Third Place” Friendships in a Post-Pandemic World

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By taking part in ordinary activities like visiting a bar or restaurant or a park or library, we are doing something which is important to the health of our neighbors, neighborhoods, and communities.”

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Yemen and the Weaponization of Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid

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A country on the brink well before war arrived, Yemen’s humanitarian crisis has been labeled the worst of our generation.”

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The Many Problems with Race Reparations in the United States

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What accounts for the gap between scholars and activists who advocate reparations and broad public resistance to the idea?”

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Nuclear Iran—Why the Islamic Republic Is Not the Actor We Think It Is

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“As the only Western journalist allowed to enter Iran prior to its presidential elections back in 2017, I followed then-candidate Ebrahim Raisi on the campaign trail. Whatever illusions I had about Iran and its ambitions melted under the sheer brutality of his war rhetoric.”

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Blame Putin, Sure, But Also Blame Biden

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The fact—one that should surprise no one—is that the same folks who gave us the grossly mismanaged withdrawal from Afghanistan have also taught a master class on how to bungle our crucial relationship with an already insecure nuclear superpower.”

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A Better Way to Promote Equality of Opportunity Through Education

Now is no time to double down on a crumbling status quo. Instead of universalizing college and directing young people through a single pathway to opportunity, we should be multiplying pathways to opportunity.”

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​​A Millennial Technologist’s View on Jaron Lanier’s “Who Owns the Future?”

“Lanier draws a straight line from the idealism and optimism that ‘information wants to be free’ to the dystopian problems facing today’s world, including but not limited to a declining middle class, filter bubbles, and dysfunctional politics.”

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A Response to Cathy Young: Let’s Be More Dispassionate When Discussing Ukraine

Young knows all too well what a chilly climate for dissent can devolve into, regardless of good intentions. This can undermine the West’s moral high ground more than any Russia-backed stooge could.”

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