The French Election and Europe’s Post-Historical Collapse Benedict Beckeld Essay - “While I was always a philosopher, I was originally a fairly apolitical one, and it was my first year in France that awoke the political part of my being, for I saw all around me where socialism, oikophobia, and multiculturalism were leading.” 7/10/2024
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The Power of Chicken Soup for the Anti-Woke Soul: Nellie Bowles’s “Morning After the Revolution” Peter Clarke Essay - “While it might be intellectually fascinating to dig into the Marxist or postmodern roots of wokeness, Bowles’s book is a welcome reminder that sometimes things are simply crazy on their face. And maybe all that is required to defeat the crazy is to point it out.” 7/8/2024
Poems Without a Passport: Solmaz Sharif’s “Customs” Johnny Payne Essay - “Sharif’s style throughout Customs is neither bland nor baroque. It has the directness of what one overhears while waiting in line to cross on foot an international border or passing through immigration at an airport. It is a stylization of how people talk in such circumstances.” 7/7/2024
Why I Stand by Relocation: A Rejoinder to Ben Burgis Walter E. Block Essay - “To kick him or them out of the country would indeed be to violate the non-aggression principle (NAP) of this strict version of libertarianism. But I do not always write from this point of view. Sometimes, often in my writings on Israel, I do so from the perspective of classical liberalism…” 7/6/2024
Was Chamberlain Actually More Strategic than Churchill, Roosevelt, and Biden? Julian Spencer-Churchill Essay - “Prime Minister Chamberlain’s premature death in 1940 and his transformation into a cautionary tale has meant that he was not available to remind his successors that appeasement was just one-facet of a multi-dimensional diplomatic strategy.” 7/5/2024
The End of Capitalism Jonathan Church Essay - “For Herbert Marcuse, German philosopher and notorious member of the Frankfurt School, Marx did us a service in trying to expose capitalism as a historically-contingent mode of production based on reified social relations that do not facilitate—in fact, impede—the harvesting of reason as the path to the flowering of human autonomy, and flourishing.” 7/2/2024
When Glen Campbell Sang “Galveston” Erich J. Prince Essay - “But with that said, what has always bothered me about the story told in ‘Galveston’ is that there seems to be so much of life left unruminated over, a fact remediated only slightly by the mention of the seascape at the end of the song (and ‘the sea waves crashing’ in the Campbell version).” 6/30/2024
Jordan Peterson, Martin Heidegger, and the Inescapability of Stories J. Michael Yarros Essay - “But Heidegger and Peterson differ when it comes to the origin of our stories, the meaning of nihilism, and the limits to the stories we can tell. To begin, it is useful to explore the question of the origins of our stories. In both Peterson and Heidegger, there is talk of something coming from nothing.” 6/29/2024
Syllabic Fits of Speech: Cedar Sigos’ “All This Time” Johnny Payne Essay - “Sigo is a poet of utter seriousness, one who feels strongly about justice, the revindication of Native American identity, the calling out of cruelty and neglect, and many other pressing social matters. But he comes at the task with a meditative indirection, insisting on approaching these realities in a considered and careful manner.” 6/23/2024
Factors of the War in Ukraine Dmitrii Ershov Essay - “Instead of a ‘police operation’ to capture the former colony, Russia got a full-scale protracted war for which it was simply not prepared.” 6/20/2024
Wrangling Our Political Herds: Upholding Intellectual Standards, No Matter Who Gets Angry Robert Jensen Essay - “It may sound naïve in a time of intense political polarization, but in It’s Debatable I make a case for more humility and a bit of hubris. We need to be willing to argue with passion for our political positions but at the same time remember our limitations.” 6/18/2024
A Fresh Look at André Spears’ “From the Lost Land I-XII” Michael Boughn Criticism - “And it is all held together in an irrepressible delight in language and what happens when language and imagination are unleashed and told to have a good time.” 6/16/2024
Why Are Democratic Alliances so Sluggish? (And a Proposed Solution) Julian Spencer-Churchill Op-Ed - “The democratic form of government is persistently incompetent at preparing for its own defense, despite fair warnings.” 6/13/2024
Historical Shadows: The Far-Right Surge in Germany and Austria Gerfried Ambrosch Op-Ed - “For far too long, their concerns were ignored by center and left-wing parties, and so they turned elsewhere.” 6/11/2024
In Reply to Walter Block: Relocation Must Be Off the Table Ben Burgis Essay - “It is not particularly interesting that I disagree with Block’s argument. I am a bleeding-heart left-winger who thinks every human being has a right to healthcare, housing, education, and much more…The interesting part is that [his arguments] fly in the face of the values he cares about.” 6/10/2024