A Rocking Chair with a Fan? Parallels with Psychotherapy

This modest and inconspicuous doctor published a 2018 guide for lay people, describing simple methods for helping people with mental health problems, entitled Where There Is No Psychiatrist.”

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Patriotism: The Supreme Political Virtue

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“Here, Smith steps in, and he admirably makes a case to both the Left and the Right that patriotism is a worthy political virtue in need of resuscitation here in the United States.”

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In Support of Snobbery

“The work of totalitarianism takes a lot of muscle, but most of it is done by just one: the wooden tongue.”

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Review: Chris Bail’s “Breaking the Social Media Prism”

“To explain why the echo chamber corrective flopped, Bail puts forth an alternative theory of how today’s social media is helping drive polarization and mutual contempt between partisans.”

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In a Future Driven by Artificial Intelligence, “Career Adjacency” Offers Humans Agency  

However trendy this new semantic shift, the word is more relevant than ever: “Career adjacency” is now the future of human work.”

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Buy Out the Settlers

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The United States can offer a very innovative solution to a seemingly intractable conflict: Pay Israel to withdraw its settlers.”

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Beware of False Humanists

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At the same time, I cannot find a single discovery in the history of science that has been made by following the conviction that everybody is different.”

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Immigration, Islam, and Christopher Hitchens

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Interview on Islam, Immigration and Christopher Hitchens

What I have found in the book is strong enough to suggest that there is a correlation between mass migration from Muslim-majority countries and the increase in sexual violence.”

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How the “New Atheists” Deradicalized Me

New Atheism had taught me always to demand evidence; and the evidence revealed that, historically, political radicalism had been a major source of violence and inhumanity…”

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Stoicism Offers an Antidote to Cancel Culture

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From a eudaimonic well-being perspective, the act of cancelling those we do not like—more often than not—leaves us worse off, precisely because it robs us of an opportunity to create the best version of ourselves.”

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To Prevent Politics and Reality from Breaking Up, Keep It Local

“Therefore, if we want to ward off a divorce between our political narratives and reality, perhaps the best thing we can do is bring political affairs as close as possible to our lived, everyday realities.”

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Time To Get Vaccinated…Against Propaganda

To these people, lockdown has been a raging success. To everybody else, it has been an unmitigated disaster.”

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George Orwell’s Vision for a Socialist Britain: What Did He Actually Want?

But every now and again, it is worth looking at his own vision of an ideal society. Interestingly, this is where this sharp-eyed critic comes across as short-sighted.”

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George W. Bush’s “Out of Many, One”: A Message of Gratitude

“And at a time when so many, on both the Left and Right, seem intent on tearing everything down, President Bush reminds us how much we have.”

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Antje Ellermann: What Drives a Country’s Openness to Immigration

“Interest group pressure typically opens up immigration.”

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