What Exactly Do We Owe Our Kids?

What Exactly Do We Owe Our Kids?

In light of a recent news story about a teenager suing her parents for college tuition, Larry Bernstein wonders what essential items parents should be obligated to provide for their children.

Are We Not Men (and Women)?—Apparently Not! Cadillac’s Ad Polarizes.

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Shawn Allen wonders whether the new Cadillace ELR advertisement is the best way to define success. What do you think?

Deep Thoughts on ‘Tiny Houses’: Why the Small House Movement Isn’t For Me


A documentary about the tiny house movement caused Pat Brothweel to have a mini-existential crisis . The epiphany that followed is far less dramatic than any writer could hope for.

I See Fire: Reflections on The Hobbit


N.C. Harrison examines the anti-materialistic message of the second installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.

What Happens When Santa Doesn’t Deliver

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Craig Playstead is humbled—once again—by his son and a simple truth about Santa.

Why I’m Not Threatened by the “War” on Christmas

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It’s the secularism, gluttony and consumerism threatening our most glorious holiday that gives me that warm Christmas feeling.

Show a Little Thankfulness This Holiday Season

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Let’s show some appreciation for the people in our lives because of who they are, not the things they give us

Black Friday Brings Out the Worst in Human Beings


Nathan Graziano was just coming around to believe in the altruistic and kind nature of humanity during the holiday season. Then Black Friday came along.

The Centre Cannot Hold: On Love, Travel & Radicalism


A trip to India with an anti-radical radical.

How I Quit Chasing the American Dream

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D. T. Brown didn’t quit owning things. He quit materialism.

If Good is Common Good, We are Failing


Our actions are poorly matched to pursuit of the common good.

Mentored Boys or Monster Boys

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“In the absence of elders, the impetuosity of youth becomes the slow death of the community.” Jed Diamond takes his grandson on a rite of passage.

Open Thread: Can You Name More Than Two Modern Astronauts, Painters, Inventors, or Scientists?


Do we value celebrities and playboys more than poets, scientists, and inventors?

The Difference Between Want and Need

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Why should a man clean his toilet rather than play video games?

‘Peter Pan Syndrome’ Is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing


Does the pop psych notion of Peter Pan Syndrome give boyish traits a bad reputation?

Attempting to Make Christmas Not Suck This Year


No amount of repenting and stretching and bitching is going to change anything. We are already all right.