In Response to a Worthy Critic

(Noah Berger)

“I will close here by thanking Senatore for his thoughtful critique of my review. I hope that this response convinces him that my ‘sweeping statements and feel-good-isms’ are not wholly without merit!”

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“After Trump”

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In what ways can we further immunize our governing institutions from the political malaise of today and tomorrow?”

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A Brief History of Nothing (Part II): Something for Nothing

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“We presumed to be no longer worshipping anything, but were we not actually worshipping Nothing?”

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Desperately Seeking Consistency

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“And, as Michael Lind pointed out in Tablet, Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill was not the only Capitol Hill taken over by extremists thanks to a lax police presence—witness ultra-progressive Seattle.”

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Transgender Rites: How Trans Activism Manipulates Public Opinion

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“The notion that gender identity is a matter of self-identification, separate from biological sex, not only flies in the face of science but also leads to circular reasoning.”

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Mr. President, Please Consider Following John Adams’s Example

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“So, if President Trump sticks to his plans not to attend the inauguration of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, he has a remaining option that still very much respects the peaceful transfer of government set into place by our nation’s Founders.”

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The Woke Mob vs. the Trump Mob: the Real Double Standard

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There is a real double standard at work. It is a glaring one, not the one President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris claim exists but, rather, the one they want to gaslight us into accepting.”

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What Ails Us?

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The loss of faith in America, its promises, and its constitutional and democratic ideals augurs not only American decline, but American collapse.”

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The Trump Putsch

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While I am happy to endorse some of President Trump’s policies, I am not willing to endorse his self-serving legal maneuvering simply for the sake of these policies I support.”

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The Historic Unifying Potential of the U.S. Constitution

Professor McConnell’s extensive study of the substance and scope of presidential power under the Constitution has convinced me that the unifying capacity of the Constitution could perhaps be revived.”

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Editor’s Choice: the Best Interviews of 2020

As has become something of a tradition each year at Merion West, here are our editor’s choices for his favorite interviews of this past year.

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H. R. McMaster: How He Sees China, and the World

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And so I think we have to resist the tendency to try to define a new administration’s foreign policy mainly as an opposition to the administration that came before it.”

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Walter Lippmann and the Dilemma of Democracy

“In his 1922 book, Public Opinion, Lippmann notes that in a representative democracy, members of the public are expected to form opinions regarding public affairs with which they have no direct contact.”

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A Janus-faced America

Yet, despite the extremes we have confronted this year, there might be a way of turning away from this ‘great divide.'”

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Editor’s Choice: the Best Articles of 2020

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“As is tradition at Merion West, here are our editor’s choices for his favorite Merion West articles of this past year.”

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