Taking Back America: Here, Finally, Is A Chinese Mega-Blooper—And a Chance For The U.S. To Turn The Tables by Eamon Fingleton for Forbes.
Many American universities are hosts to Confucian Institutes for the study of Chinese language and culture, which are paid for and largely controlled by the government of China. In terms of money, a Confucian Institute is a bargain. In terms of academic freedom, it is a disaster.
Since the days of Mao Zedong, the Chinese government has manipulated Western scholarship by allowing access to the country and to its archives only to scholars whose views it finds acceptable. No American scholar who works for a Confucian Institute will be able to do research the Chinese government finds displeasing.
I think the likelihood of administrators of American universities breaking their ties with the Chinese government is equivalent to the likelihood of their prioritizing the search for truth over the maximizing of revenue. Which is not likely anytime soon.
Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless by Joseph Stromberg for Vox.
The Myers-Briggs personality test classifies people as extroverted or introverted, sensing or intuitive, thinking or feeling, and judging or perceiving on the basis of 93 questions, yielding 16 possible combinations of personality types.
The problems are (1) few people are clearly one or the other of the alternativeds, (2) there is no evidence that Myers-Briggs predicts success or failure in any endeavor and (3) about half the people who take the test twice get different results the second time. Why then is it so popular? Marketing, plus entertainment value.
The Pentagon’s $300 Billion Plane to Nowhere by Kate Brannen for Foreign Policy.
When Lockheed Gives You Lemons by Scott Beauchamp for The Baffler.
The U.S. government plans to spend nearly $400 billion to buy 2,443 F-35 fighters, an advanced new warplane that has the disadvantage of being unsafe to fly and almost certainly ineffective in combat.
But if Lockheed Martin’s aeronautical engineering is inadequate, its political engineering is superb. There are F-35 subcontractors in 45 of the 50 states, and a congressional caucus organized to make the F-35 contract goes through.
Kate Brannen of Foreign Policy quoted a former Pentagon acquisitions officer as saying, “A upfront question with any program now is: How many congressional districts is it in?”