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The Prospect of an Ivy League BYU

March 06th, 2015 by MC

I did a search for “BYU” on Twitter on Saturday night to look for articles about the Cougars’ thrilling basketball victory over Gonzaga.* Instead I got a steady stream of 17- and 18-year-old Mormon kids either celebrating getting into BYU or lamenting their rejection letters. It’s that time of year. (more…)

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March 06th, 2015 04:20:58

Birthrates Continue to Drop

December 08th, 2014 by Man SL

For the sixth year in a row, the American birthrate has reached a new low.

Most economic statistics are lies.  We will know that the real economy has finally turned around when the birthrate starts to rise again.

We will know that the pack of harpies and sillies that make up our national media and political classes has been replaced by real people when this gets more discussion than an obese guy dying in New York after being choked out while resisting arrest.

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December 08th, 2014 08:36:22

“Large families, large houses, traditional role models, and single incomes”

November 18th, 2014 by MC

Those words would be as good an answer as I could give to the question originally addressed to Conan the Barbarian: “What is best in life?”

But they’re actually taken from this passage: (more…)

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November 18th, 2014 02:31:03

The History of Fertility Transitions

October 18th, 2014 by Man SL

Dude, read this paper.

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October 18th, 2014 19:06:19

Demography: Juxtapositions IV

September 09th, 2014 by G.

In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince

-thus Proverbs 14:28 (more…)

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September 09th, 2014 08:30:35

US Birthrates Reach New Lows

June 11th, 2014 by Man SL

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June 11th, 2014 08:55:59

Life Begins at Conception

May 09th, 2014 by Man SL

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May 09th, 2014 13:35:46

It’s Utah

April 23rd, 2014 by G.

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April 23rd, 2014 12:36:25

James Taranto nails a perverse metric

January 10th, 2014 by Vader

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January 10th, 2014 12:32:11

Senator Mike Lee’s Speech on Conservatism for Our Time

October 29th, 2013 by G.

Rockwell TownhallOne of the mainstays of conservatism is that history has happened and men are flawed. This means that, unlike some destructive varieties of liberalism and progressivism, we cannot believe that people are naturally good and can achieve utopia if we just sweep a few kulaks and wreckers under the rug. It also means that, unlike reactionaries, we cannot believe that there was some time period when institutions and mores were naturally good and we just need to reestablish that time. The reason we are no longer in that time period is because it contained the seeds of its own destruction. And we can’t just wish ourselves back into that time period anyhow, because history has happened, the conditions that made that society possible no longer exist, and we must deal with the contemporary materials that are at hand. (more…)

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October 29th, 2013 15:43:50

DINKs are Looters.

October 28th, 2013 by G.

Deliberate having one kid or none is a form of robbing the commons.

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October 28th, 2013 09:52:09

It’s science

October 24th, 2013 by Vader

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October 24th, 2013 12:06:16

Mike Lee’s Dangerous Idea

September 17th, 2013 by Bartleby

To the crazed notion that parents shouldn’t pay through the nose to raise kids to bear the burden of other people’s retirement, Senator Lee adds the even more ridiculous notion that the tax code should be simplified. I prefer not to imagine what strange hallucinogens must be added to the water in Utah.

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September 17th, 2013 14:49:58

Patriarchy, Risk and Reward

August 01st, 2013 by G.

Patriarchy is the theory that men should be the primary bearers of risks. Risk of death or injury, risk of bankruptcy and failure. In marriage the wife shares much of the risk, but even then the risk is disproportioned. If a man dies his family’s prospects will be badly damaged, but they will at least still be alive. If a man fails at business, his whole family shares his poverty, but only a part of his shame.

Basic economic reasoning means that incentivizing risk-taking requires rewards. So patriarchy entails that at least some men will have greater rewards, perhaps economic, perhaps in the form of legal privileges. (Basic economic reasoning also suggests that in more abundant times, the need for specialization in risk-taking will decrease and we may expect more feminism).

Basic biological reasoning suggests that patriarchy is a maximally-efficient mechanism for giving groups an edge over their competition. These biological forces pushing men towards risk-taking and women away from it are powerful enough that evolution has gotten them written into our blood. More than that, nature herself takes more risks with men than with women: there are more extremely bright men than women, but there are also more extremely stupid men than women.

The gospel supports a version of patriarchy. For example, the Proclamation teaches that men are supposed to be the providers, which is to say the economic risk-takers.

Why? Perhaps its just a recognition of the brute biological facts. It would be consistent with the gospel to let heritage and history be major shapers of our being. But perhaps it has something to do with the divine method we see in Paul’s sermon on the Body of Christ, where God seems to prefer that we not all embody all good human traits equally but that they be heightened in one and lessened in another and made available to all through fellowship and fraternity. There is something good and divine both about taking risks and competition and about security and stability. Although men and women both know both these goods, possessing them in disproportion allows them to be more fully expressed than if they were balanced in each sex. Then, through marriage, the goods we know are shared with each other and disciplined to the whole: men have to curtail their risk-taking for the needs of the family and women have to take a chance on a man.

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August 01st, 2013 13:20:45

Economic Growth is Not a Fundamental Physical Law

July 25th, 2013 by G.

We live in the Age of Entitlement. But the biggest entitlement is neither a government program nor an affect instilled by too many self-esteem programs. The biggest entitlement is the expectation of perpetual economic growth.

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July 25th, 2013 14:32:11