On the Music of John Prine

“For me, though, there is one Prine song I find the most philosophical, though many of his songs do indeed have that bent…The song is  ‘Fish and Whistle,’ the first track on his 1978 album Bruised Orange…”

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On Not Responding to Email

“Henry David Thoreau, writing in 1854, remarked: ‘I never received more than one or two letters in my life…that were worth the postage.’ What would he make of the modern email inbox?”

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Former Congressman Jody Hice: “Sacred Trust”

Obviously elections are political in terms of who wins and loses, but the process should not be political.” 

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Slavoj Žižek: “Christian Atheism: How to Be a Real Materialist”

(Slavoj Žižek in 2015)

“In all other religions, you have people who become atheists. Only in Christianity, God himself goes through this experience.”

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Lord Conrad Black: Insights from the Ancient World

“There is such a thing as progress. I am no Pollyanna, and human nature doesn’t change much, but there’s undoubtedly progress.”

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The Politicians Who Almost Never Were

“Although these no doubt play a role, even a cursory glance at recent election results (not to mention those of the past) makes clear that variables beyond the control of the candidate are often determinative, as well as that the best man does not necessarily win.”

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Daniel A. Cox: Taking the Pulse of Gen Z

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“One of the really significant differences in terms of how young people are being raised today and their formative and teens years and previous generations is how slowly they’re reaching major milestones, such as getting married [and] owning a home, the sort of signs of adulthood…”

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Taking a Second Look at Nikki Haley

(Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley speaking with attendees at the Republican Jewish Coalition's 2023 Annual Leadership Summit at the Venetian Convention & Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada/Gage Skidmore)

“It is true that one of the most important rules in politics is that ‘You can’t lose your base,’ but it is also true that in order to win competitive elections, broadening one’s base is essential, and Ambassador Haley might be able to accomplish that.”

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Young Voters Do Not Belong Inevitably to the Left

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However, outside of the contemporary United States and United Kingdom, a look at the composition of certain right-of-center political movements casts doubt on the reflexive association many hold between young people and voting for the Left.”

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Slavoj Žižek: “Freedom: A Disease Without Cure”

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“So you see why people are not satisfied: I don’t propose simple solutions. In my old age, I’m returning from Marx to Hegel.”

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Wessie du Toit: When a Society Decenters Leisure

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“Meaningful work is as important to life as leisure, I think. I just think that we’ve lost the balance.”

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The Press Mustn’t Ignore America’s Gang Problem

Police investigate a suspected gang-related crime in Los Angeles. (AP/Damian Dovarganes)

“There is a formula—unfortunately, I have noticed—when it comes to many in the reality-denying national press: Make a few accurate micro-points but use them to arrive at a conclusion that no reasonable person should believe.”

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Urgently Reconsidering the Doctrine of Multiculturalism

An October 9th demonstration in Sydney, Australia (AAP Image/Dean Lewins via REUTERS)

As is sadly often the case, it is only when an issue becomes overwhelmingly acute or when it is too late to correct course, that those once derided as alarmists are dutifully acknowledged to have been correct all along.”

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Samuel G. Freedman: What a Young Hubert Humphrey Can Teach Us

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“Humphrey’s insurgency at the convention basically lashed Truman to the mast of [Humphrey’s] own civil rights agenda. And desegregating the armed forces was arguably the single most important civil rights cause of that moment in time.”

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Matt Johnson: “How Hitchens Can Save the Left”

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“There really hasn’t been anybody like him since he passed…This is why there are these long compilations of ‘Hitchslaps’ on YouTube. It’s why most of the tributes to him focus on his rhetorical prowess—and just his brilliance on the debate stage.”

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