The Eviction Ban: A Case Study in Congressional Dysfunction

Our members of Congress—no matter how extreme their ideological predilections—have a duty to quit using the institution as a performative stage and begin working within it to actually forge policy solutions to our most pressing issues.”

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Unleashing the Hounds Upon America

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How did it happen that the Wolves came to wield such power here, infiltrating academia, journalism, and other segments of society that were supposed to be high-minded bastions of truth and light?”

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Withdrawal Symptoms

Dear doves and hawks and other feathered brethren: It is already over.”

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When Tolerance Goes Too Far

“Implicit in this choice was the belief that tolerance of all values was more important than inculcating any particular set of values and, thus, that tolerance was the most important aim of society.”

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Kay Hymowitz: The Devaluation of Higher Education

This brings in the status issue again, doesn’t it? Because there are so many careers that people just wouldn’t consider because how would they tell their friends?”

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Propaganda Art

“Yet now the Enlightenment too, like ancient thought before, finds its enduring legacy threatened by a fundamentalist competitor.”

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Edward J. Watts: Dissecting the Rhetoric of Decline

Thomas Cole’s “The Course of Empire: Destruction”

But one of the dangers is it’s very easy when there is change that makes someone uncomfortable to immediately say that this is a society that’s in decline and to blame somebody for causing it.”

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From Revolting Masses to Revolting Elites

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Although reaching immense influence in the 20th century, the mass man is the ‘spoiled child of history,’ and when he goes in search of bread, says Ortega, he always does one thing, ‘He wrecks the bakery.'”

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Review: Robin DiAngelo’s “Nice Racism”

One thing that sets Nice Racism apart from her other books is the depth of its cynicism.”

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Kai Whiting: Clearing up Misconceptions about Stoicism

The other fans that have a dangerously inaccurate idea about what it means to be Stoic are the ‘Broics.'”

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Liberal Democracy Lives on the Page, Not the Screen

Here, I would like to reflect on the optimal mechanisms for sustaining the rational mindset that undergirds liberal democracy.”

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In Reply to Tomasz Witkowski: To Foster a Culture of Common Sense

“What is needed is a return to a culture of common sense and personal well-being, in which one is judged according to what kind of person one is and how one conducts one’s life.”

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The Power of Stories to Tear Us Apart

“In his TED Talk ‘Be suspicious of stories,’ Tyler Cowen explains that, when we create stories, ‘We’re imposing order on the mess we observe.'”

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The Press and Violence against Asian-Americans 

It seems as though they will do anything to avoid actually backing approaches that would begin to remedy these problems, all of which start with taking a harder-line on those who routinely commit violent crimes.”

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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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