Tag: competition

Adrian Wooldridge joins Brian Anderson to discuss the history of meritocracy, modern obstacles to a truly merit-based society, and the geopolitical implications of the West’s growing anti-meritocratic streak. His new book, The Aristocracy of Talent, is out now.

Find the transcript of this conversation and more at City Journal.

Life Lessons from Tom Brady? Well…. Maybe

 

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just beat the mighty Green Bay Packers and are on their way to Super Bowl 55; coincidentally being played this year in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have won one Super Bowl. Tom Brady has taken his teams to the Super Bowl nine times and won six. We were New England Patriots fans for over twenty years while living in Boston. We’ve been in Florida since 2003 and never thought Tom Brady (or Gronkowski) would relocate their careers and homes to Florida. I asked my husband this evening: Is it because Tom Brady is such a good football player? He said he’s more than that, he’s an exceptional athlete, one of those rare people that is not only a team player but excels in leadership.

I thought about that comment because I had just gotten off the phone with my older cousin in Las Vegas, who asked me if I had watched the Biden Inauguration and the program after. I said no, and let her talk. She gushed about how she taped it and wept through the whole thing, “the young poet and her words and hand gestures reduced me to tears”, she said, “how Lady Gaga sang the National Anthem while gazing with so much love at our flag, then there was Jennifer Lopez and Tom Hanks.” She said they were cathartic tears after four years of hell. I knew my cousin and her husband were very liberal, and I thought she knew I was conservative, but I let her have her moment and stayed silent.

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At the end of Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy, the reader learns that Mrs. Vestergaard will be opening a dance school.  Having been an orphan herself, those who were orphans would be given the preference of attending a dancing school over those who were not.                 At first, this idea sounded lovely. Orphaned […]

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4. The black community needs to become politically competitive. Today Democrats know they will win without even bothering to campaign, without any regard for candidate quality. Republicans, on the other hand, know there’s zero chance of winning, no matter how good their candidate or his roots, record or pedigree in the district. Preview Open

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Popular periodicals have changed. I’ve been perusing Good Housekeeping, Readers Digest, and Women’s Day for years. Since 2008 or so, I’ve noticed some differences in tone and material. First, there’s far more shameless product placement in the women’s magazines, and perhaps in the Digest too, although it’s more prominent in publications for ladies. Now an article on house decor is not just an […]

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The Best Worst Place in the World

 

millPity the poor Amazonians:

At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.” The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another’s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others. (The tool offers sample texts, including this: “I felt concerned about his inflexibility and openly complaining about minor tasks.”)

Apparently, Jeff Bezos has created a neo-Dickensian nightmare. The article goes onto describe workers in tears at their ideas being destroyed in meetings. Other horror stories include people recovering from grave illnesses who are given terrible performance reviews. Even the miscarriage of a child seems to provoke little sympathy from managers and executives.

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I happened to attend an event held at a nearby “Community Education” facility, which, so far as I can figure, is a community college without the college. Anyway, I saw a poster (see above) promoting the ideas of Alfie Kohn. From his website: No Contest, which has been stirring up controversy since its publication in […]

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Globalization, Competition and My Wet Basement

 

In New England, a dehumidifier is pretty much a required appliance in spring and summer. That goes double in my neighborhood, which was built on swampland in the 1950s.

Last spring, I received a notice that my dehumidifier – U.S.-branded, but manufactured in China – was subject to a safety recall. Apparently there were some instances of similar units catching fire. By shipping back certain parts, I was entitled to a gift card and discount coupon towards a new one. Grumbling, I removed the parts, sent them back, and waited for my coupon. After it came, I shlepped out to the store, shopped for a new dehumidifier, and shlepped the new unit home.