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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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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