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19
Aug

On Your Impotent Outrage

by Nicholas Pell in Society, Writing

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America has always had a tension between two contrasting forces: The Puritans and the Wiseacres. I defy grammatical convention by elevating the latter to proper noun status simply because I much prefer it to the former. Broadly speaking, Puritans are Protestant, universalist, future-oriented, convinced of the perfectibility of man and human society, believe that government has a role to play in all this and that we are our brother’s keeper. Wiseacres are Catholic, particularist, present-oriented, favor a vision of man as a flawed creature, generally hold cynical attitudes toward large institutions of any kind and see man as the caretaker of society, not the other way around.

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4
Dec

Against the Youth Cult

by Nicholas Pell in Society

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It’s no controversy to say that the elderly could be treated better in our society. Rather that revered as truly “senior citizens,” they are cast aside, marginalized and forgotten about the second their labor ceases to be profitable and their stories become tiresome. This is not only a cruel indignity to men and women of experience, it’s also a massive waste of human capital. Less discussed, however, are the various and sundry ways our society lionizes youth for no good reason at all.

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