What have our Praxis Circle Contributors been up to? Below are some timely and relevant articles written by Contributors Nick Eberstadt, Heather Mac Donald, and Robert George. Don’t miss the release of Nick and Robert’s full interviews by joining Praxis Circle today!
In the words of Nick Eberstadt, “Never has work been so readily available in modern America; never have so many been uninterested in taking it.”
Why? In his WSJ Opinion article linked above, Nick offers an explanation that focuses in on pandemic policies as the catalyst for nationwide “flight” from work.
Work is an important worldview concept, and how someone views the world will greatly impact their perspective on work. How we approach work will also impact overall life satisfaction, and, over time, eventually the economy of our nation.
“Success through work, no matter one’s station, is a key to self-esteem, independence and belonging,” Nick writes. “A can-do, pro-work ethos has served our nation well. America’s future will depend in no small part on how—and whether—her people choose to work.”
To read more on the importance of work:
Heather Mac Donald:
In her recent report for City Journal, Contributor Heather Mac Donald explains the dangers of emphasizing diversity over academic achievement and science in medicine. She warns how racism has become the framing factor in all disparities seen in the medical world, resulting not only in doctors and medical professionals losing their ability to speak freely against this idea but in medical students now being admitted to top med schools that they would not otherwise qualify for in the name of “equality” and “equity.”
She argues that slowly robbing future doctors of an education based on earned merit and hard science has far-reaching effects, perhaps summarized in this line: “Every moment spent regurgitating social-justice jargon is time not spent learning how to keep someone alive whose body has just been shattered in a car crash.”
It begs the question, what is the medical field’s current priority? Is it to uphold a certain privileged worldview, or to do no harm?
To watch Contributor Heather Mac Donald talk more about diversity vs. meritocracy:
All Americans have a responsibility. This is what Robert George discusses in his perspective piece expanding on the idea that those in Big Tech—who largely focus on the needs and wants of countries generating profit overseas—also have a responsibility at the end of the day to put America first.
He writes, “One need not earn a medal for valor to be considered a defender of America. What unites us—what renders us ‘we’ in we, the people’—is our shared commitment to the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, which recognize the profound, inherent and equal dignity of each and every member of the human family. I, and you, and all of our fellow citizens have certain responsibilities to America because we are Americans.”
Patriotism need not be a dirty word, despite today’s push for “world citizenship.” While we stand in solidarity as one human race, fidelity to one’s home is a key component in keeping truly great nations great—and there are serious consequences when a worldview abandons the need for it.
To read more on patriotism and America: