Experience is the New Luxury Good

scale of happiness over a beautiful hilly background

The particular flair of experience is that you alone understand how it made you feel, while flaunting a material object is a public affair. 

Updating Our Diversity Paradigm

lady justice weighing different values

Over the past few decades, academic institutions have strived to create more diverse student bodies. While certainly a commendable aim, many of these efforts have not been motivated not by genuine concern for social progress, but rather by the need to improve optics in our increasingly dogmatic political climate. To achieve diversity and the social prestige that comes along with it, institutions of higher education have devalued the principles of merit, racial equality, and freedom of expression. In its ideal form, diversity enriches life experiences and can drive the advancement of technology. But current initiatives to increase diversity are unsustainable and dangerous when they cast aside common sets of principles that are essential for creating healthy multicultural communities. 

The Cynicism of Clarence Thomas

Clarence Thomas Drawing on an old newspaper

But I don’t think he changed so much as he settled, accepting a cynical worldview and placing no stock in the possibility of a radically different American society. 

Generation Junkie

Abstract art of different colors pouring out of a cup

Sure, our parents may have smoked hash in public parks and spent the eighties enjoying the various pleasures of the early days of Wall Street, but for Gen Z, carnality is synonymous with culture.