The Conservatives vs. the Intellectuals?
Peter Lawler, Big Think
Arguably, the biggest change since the time of Socrates is the idea of the free person—one introduced into the world by Biblical and Christian thought. When our deterministic scientists deny the real existence of the free person, they, today’s conservatives often object, are asserting more they they really know.
Does teacher merit pay work? A new study says yes.
Dylan Matthews, Wonkblog
There’s very good evidence that teacher quality matters a lot in terms of student performance in school and success later on in life.
Garbage and the Herd Mentality
Using high-frequency data on litter at treated and control locations before, during, and after the experiment, we find strong evidence that litter begets litter. However, we also find evidence that some people start to clean up after themselves when public cleaning services are diminished.
Capitalism and the Moral Basis of Social Order
Russell Kirk, The Imaginative Conservative
A number of Americans, fancying that the world is governed mainly by economic doctrines and practices, are inclined to think that an era of international good feeling lies before us. I intend to sprinkle some drops of cold water on such hasty hopes.