Barack Obama has brought glamour back to American politics – not the faux

Barack Obama has brought glamour back to American politics – not the faux glamour-by-association of campaigning with movie stars or sailing with the Kennedys, but the real thing. The candidate himself is glamorous. Audiences project onto him the personal qualities and political positions they want in a president.
– Virginia Postrel –





When ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ premiered on the WB Network in 1996, American

When ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ premiered on the WB Network in 1996, American culture was in trouble. Americans were bowling alone, pursuing individual interests to the detriment of the communal good. Business leaders were celebrating creativity and neglecting discipline. Nike’s ‘Just do it’ ads were teaching young people to break the rules.
– Virginia Postrel –



Society needs both parents and nonparents, both the work party and the home

Society needs both parents and nonparents, both the work party and the home party. While raising children is the most important work most people will do, not everyone is cut out for parenthood. And, as many a childless teacher has proved, raising kids is not the only important contribution a person can make to their future.
– Virginia Postrel –


Americans born since World War II have grown up in a media-saturated

Americans born since World War II have grown up in a media-saturated environment. From childhood, we have developed a sort of advertising literacy, which combines appreciation for technique with skepticism about motives. We respond to ads with at least as much rhetorical intelligence as we apply to any other form of persuasion.
– Virginia Postrel –



Medicare is a monopoly: a central-planning bureaucracy grafted onto American

Medicare is a monopoly: a central-planning bureaucracy grafted onto American health care. It exercises a stranglehold on the health care of all Americans over 65, and on the medical practices of almost all physicians. Medicare decides what is legitimate and what is not: which prices may be charged and which services may be rendered.
– Virginia Postrel –



When ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ premiered on the WB Network in 1996, American

When ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ premiered on the WB Network in 1996, American culture was in trouble. Americans were bowling alone, pursuing individual interests to the detriment of the communal good. Business leaders were celebrating creativity and neglecting discipline. Nike’s ‘Just do it’ ads were teaching young people to break the rules.
– Virginia Postrel –