Weekly Digest: Loneliness and Suicide
Record high suicides, two parent families, the best small city in America and more in this week's roundup.
Welcome to my weekly digest for December 1, 2023, with the best articles from around the web and a roundup of my recent writings and appearances.
I hope those of you in America had a very happy Thanksgiving last week.
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Why You Should Move to Carmel, Indiana
I live in Carmel, Indiana, a suburb just north of Indianapolis. I’ve written about Carmel here before. It’s a super high quality city with moderate Republican governance in a solid red state. The Republicans just convincingly won the recent municipal elections.
Carmel has gotten a lot of national press, and it just landed on the front page of today’s Wall Street Journal real estate section.
This is paywalled, but read my long piece on Carmel to learn more.
Carmel might be the best city in the country in terms of the combination of quality of life, amenities, housing prices, low taxes, moderate politics, and red state governance.
I’d like to keep it that way, which means attracting solid people to live here. So yes, I’m recruiting! I can’t think of a better group of people than my readers that I’d like to have as neighbors. So if you are thinking about relocating and trying to decide where to move, give Carmel a look.
I can send the Journal piece to anyone who is interested.
Best of the Web
American Compass: Men’s Realism - The masculinity crisis is serious but most solutions on offer are not
Here’s a nice thread on X of 33 things every father much teach his son.
Scott Yenor: Does feminism promote stable family life? - Two cheers for Melissa Kearney’s Two-Parent Privilege.
Stephen Wolfe: No Christian nation, no Christian family
Professor Ryan Burge just had a tweet showing that America is still a plurality Protestant nation.
New Content and Media Mentions
Jamie Bambrick from Northern Ireland made a nice video about my three worlds of evangelicalism model.
I should say that while there are elements of the Doug Wilson “Moscow model” like ownership that are very oriented to the negative world, I classify Wilson as a culture warrior. He very much operates in that mode.
Dissident right writer and podcaster Scott Greer wrote a response to my American Mind piece on Christian nationalism. Greer is a former Daily Caller writer who was fired after being doxxed for having moonlighted for a site run by alt-right pioneer Richard Spencer. If any of you are interested in seeing what the dissident right is saying first hand, Greer is one of the best follows. Unlike many figures such as the Bronze Age Pervert, he writes in plain English and does not affect a bizarre style. Even though people here will disagree with his positions, he does have interesting takes, such as on the implications of Andrew Tate for the multiracial working class.
Hillsdale professor Miles Smith also posted a reply to my piece at the American Mind.
If you aren’t familiar with The Diff, it’s a finance and technology newsletter run by Byrne Hobart that’s read by a who’s who of investors and others. If those are your fields, it’s definitely worth a subscription. I have one.
New this week:
I have an article in the Liberal Patriot on seven themes about the future of US infrastructure.
My latest column in Governing is about some of the possible implications of a labor force shortage from weak birth rates and other factors.
The Draw of Eastern Orthodoxy - A summary of your comments on men converting to Orthodoxy and re-enchantment.
Dressing the Man - A Christmas gift suggestion of a classic book on men’s tailored clothing. It’s material every man should know.
Why Can’t We Have a Populism That Builds? - El Salvador's Nayib Bukele, a darling of the American right, markets himself very differently from American populists.