What is Human Dignity? Kant Sheds Light The Left - “We are not just material objects in a value-free universe. Kant makes the radical and highly innovative argument that autonomy of the individual is the enabling condition of moral philosophy.” Matt McManus 7/14/2018
What is a “Post-Modern Conservative”? The Left - “As Harry Frankfurt of On Bullshit indicated, a liar is someone who still has some tangential sense of what the truth is. They are aware of what is true and choose to dishonestly present the opposite. This is not true of Mr. Trump and his acolytes.” Matt McManus 7/10/2018
Jordan Peterson and Conservative Critiques of Modernity The Left - “If we value our heritage, conservative intellectuals like Peterson need to stop pandering to their followers, and instead start motivating them to be more reflective about the culpability of complex social forces.” Matt McManus 6/29/2018
On Bias and Truth in the Public Sphere The Left - “The unceasing accusations of bias are no longer used to promote dialogue and bridge interpretive frameworks. Instead, they are used to seal ourselves off inside bubbles that allow us to preserve the integrity of our world view, free from contamination by the views of others.” Matt McManus 6/21/2018
Carl Schmitt, Liberalism, and Post-Modern Conservatism The Left - “The practice of politics is always a form of violence, whether literal or figurative, as different groups of friends and enemies attempt to overcome one another and seize control of the state.” Matt McManus 6/18/2018
Literature Meets Identity Politics: Lionel Shriver vs. Penguin-Random House The Right - “Writers should be judged first by the quality of the content of their prose, not their identity. If we forget this, then the world of literature will be much poorer, and with the loss of this source of consolation, so will we all.” Henry George 6/16/2018
Part Two: The Argument Against Jordan Peterson The Left - “My suspicion is that many of Peterson’s readers feel an affinity to the advice he offers and so don’t look to question his political commitments that deeply. This is problematic because it leads to deep inconsistencies in doctrine that, if applied as stated, would lead to a rather unusual politics.” Matt McManus 6/8/2018
Does Loneliness Give Rise to Totalitarianism? The Right - “What prepares men for totalitarian domination…is the fact that loneliness, once a borderline experience usually suffered in certain marginal social conditions like old age, has become an everyday experience of the ever-growing masses of our century.” Henry George 6/6/2018
A Critique of Jordan Peterson The Left - “Why does Peterson get this so wrong? He simply doesn’t care to present a more complex narrative that would problematize his cute and hyperbolic story about the left.” Matt McManus 6/3/2018
A Brief Critique of Originalist Constitutional Histories The Left - The problem for originalists is that there is little truth or historical validity to their argument, which amounts to just a feel-good story of the Constitution’s natural legitimacy. Matt McManus 5/23/2018
Misunderstanding Terrorism in Europe The Right - Everywhere is becoming like Israel in the need to take security measures that encroach further and further into daily life. One would not be surprised if Israelis did not feel a sense of schadenfreude; after all, those who criticized Israel as a police state now indulge in the same practices. Henry George 5/21/2018
On Marxism, Post-Modernism, and “Cultural Marxism” The Center - The attempt to conflate Marxism and post-modernism under the label of “cultural Marxism” is, at the very least, highly problematic. Matt McManus 5/18/2018
Leisure: When It Becomes an Unexpected Curse The Center - “It’s what Irving Babbitt meant when he wrote that happiness is to be found in work if at all. Or why John Adams would write that he was happiest on days he felt most purposeful.” Erich J. Prince 5/17/2018
The British Far-Left, a Culture Acquiescing to Anti-Semitism The Right - Israel deserves criticism like any state, but its castigation on the Left (and elsewhere) goes way beyond that. Israel is now the world’s demonic Jew, subject to the calumnies and libels Jews have faced throughout history. Henry George 4/18/2018
Three Free Speech Myths The Right - Steve Simpson’s guide on how not to defend free speech. Steve Simpson 3/3/2018
Free Speech is Scary. The Solution: Speak Up The Right - The parade of world leaders through the streets of central Paris made a mockery of the dead cartoonists; some of those who linked arms did all they could to suppress freedom of expression in their own countries. Henry George 2/3/2018