Žižek and Milbank: The Monstrosity of Christ? The Left - “However, the purpose of this reading is to stress—contra more conservative interpreters like Milbank—that the disordered post-modern world that we inhabit is not a firm break with Christianity.” Matt McManus 11/10/2020
We’re Divided. But Will We Fall? The Center - “French dedicates his book to James Madison, saying, ‘May we remember that you were right.'” Thomas Koenig 11/9/2020
How Biden Did It The Right - “The Economist’s less-than-ringing endorsement of the former Vice President—resignedly titled, ‘Why it has to be Biden’—typifies the sentiment.” Eddie Ferrara 11/8/2020
Ibram Kendi’s Thesis Could Use a Lot More Rigor The Center - “For Kendi, it is policy first and racism second. Debatable? That is a racist question. Maybe a presentist interpretation of history? Also racist.” Jonathan Church 11/7/2020
To Resist Participating in the Great Lie The Center - “Solzhenitsyn observed through incredible hardship and deep reflection, that, in his country, the lie had ‘become not just a moral category but a pillar of the state.'” Jordan Stout 11/2/2020
“A Cry from the Far Middle”: Lots of Laughs, And a Few Important Insights The Center - “If there is an underlying argument here, though, it is that Americans ought to quit taking themselves—and their own tribe’s political convictions—so darn seriously.” Thomas Koenig 11/2/2020
What the Gospel Story Can Tell Us about Identity Politics The Right - “From this vantage point, it would be difficult to imagine a more intersectional person than Jesus.” Gregory Everett 11/1/2020
To My Fellow Catholics, Just Before Election Day The Center - “We must face the reality that the prevalence of abortion is a manifestation of our distressed sociality and corrupted sense of mutual responsibility.” Thomas Koenig 11/1/2020
How Online Meme Culture Fails the Left The Left - “As such, it is not simply the case that coherent political dialogue is difficult via the Internet; it is difficult, in large part, because of the Internet…” Mike Watson 10/28/2020
Stop Saying Biden Is “A Lot like Trump” on China The Center - “All the headlines about how we will see a continuation of President Trump’s China policies under a potential Biden administration ignore their radically divergent views about the United States’ role in the world.” Matt Johnson 10/27/2020
Jordan Peterson and the Return of Solzhenitsyn The Right - “The world was on this brink of this fiery hell when Jordan Peterson read Solzhenitsyn and began to turn from despair toward hope.” Jim Proser 10/26/2020
Paging Mr. Moynihan The Center - “We can only hope that Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s approach to politics will be rediscovered. Books like American Burke should function as essential guides in this most necessary search.” Thomas Koenig 10/21/2020
On Donald Trump, the Person The Left - “Throughout my writings on post-modern conservatism, I have generally avoided discussing President Donald Trump’s personality.” Matt McManus 10/20/2020
Patrick Deneen: Grappling with the Failures of Liberalism The Right - “This conquest of the engines of social formation is, as Patrick Deneen argues, why liberalism is failing.” Henry George 10/16/2020
That Day The Center - “Ten years ago I received a call from my father, Mario Vargas Llosa, telling me that he had won the Nobel Prize for Literature.” Álvaro Vargas Llosa 10/16/2020
America at the End of History The Center - “The universal end-state society, Kojève argued, was the society in which any individual could attain what he desired with ease and without opposition…” Paul Krause 10/15/2020
The Problems with Porn The Center - “And whether or not one believes that sex is sacred, it is hard to deny that the porn industry has commodified sex in ways that rid it of all that made it human.” Galen Watts 10/15/2020
Pharmakon V: Culture Wars—Trickle-Down Economics vs. Trickle-Down Morality The Left - “Without this circumspection, advocacy appears heavy-handed, tone-deaf, mistimed, and ultimately self-defeating, to the detriment of the downtrodden.” Duluxan Sritharan 10/14/2020
Van Morrison’s “Dangerous” Songs The Right - “But, furthermore, there is virtue in urging society to introspection over blind obedience to narratives.” Christian Watson 10/13/2020
How to Be a Non-Racist The Center - “Non-racism, thus understood, implies colorblindness, not in the sense of literally not seeing skin color, but in the sense of treating it as insignificant.” Gerfried Ambrosch 10/12/2020
Ten Books Every Progressive Should Read to Understand the Right The Left - “One question I am often asked by engaged leftists is what texts are most helpful for understanding the political right.” Matt McManus 10/8/2020
Patrick Deneen: A Primer The Right - “Or is man—like some argue of Odysseus—a restless seeker of new places, people, and experiences?” Henry George 10/5/2020
A Vision for Human Flourishing The Center - “Just like we would not accept the transportation technology of the 1800’s, we should not compulsorily accept archaic attitudes toward work, education, possessions, and leisure.” Peter Clarke 10/4/2020
The Crowding out of a Humanities Education The Left - “Taken to its logical apotheosis, this trend all but guarantees that the humanities—philosophy, literature, journalism, etc.—will become the exclusive domain of the economic elite.” Néstor de Buen and Conrad Hamilton 10/3/2020
Book Review: Steven Higashide’s “Better Buses, Better Cites” The Left - “A well-planned and well-funded bus transit system opens up a community to a larger world, better paid jobs, educational opportunities, and the potential for a better life.” Stephen Lee Naish 10/2/2020
Herbert Marcuse and Dismissing Conservative Views The Right - “Marcuse’s efforts, for the most part, have proven successful, however. To this point, the idea of a right-wing, pro-capitalist status quo has been thoroughly ingrained into the public imagination…” J. Edward Britton 9/30/2020
When Identity Politics Meets the Punk Scene The Center - “But to me, an observer with intimate knowledge of punk’s radical history, much of today’s woke rhetoric feels like a throwback.” Gerfried Ambrosch 9/30/2020
Book Review: “Canceling Comedians While the World Burns” The Left - “Now, in what is sure to be a more controversial move, Burgis is turning his analytical skills towards criticizing the political left.” Matt McManus 9/28/2020
Power Over Principles: the Dual Dangers of Trumpism and Anti-Racism The Center - Donald Trump rode the politics of power and emotion to the White House. If his opponents continue to respond in kind, he might have killed the politics of principle in the process. Thomas Koenig 9/24/2020
A Better Way to Understand the Intellectual Dark Web The Left - “In a different world where the culture war never happened, I might have seen myself as their ally in some areas.” Néstor de Buen 9/23/2020
George Orwell: from Hell to Salvation The Center - “Leaving behind a bucolic past, the engine of modernity has nature on the run as it speeds towards an uncertain future.” Chris Augusta 9/22/2020
Science: Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea The Center - “It bears to repeat, however, that our genes do not directly decide the actions we take in life—as fatalism would like one to believe. They are not the means to our destiny but, rather, are the keys to our hypothetical reality.” Alessandro van den Berg 9/21/2020
Do Americans Vote Too Much? The Center - The United States does not have low voter turnout; Americans actually are asked to vote too much, and this hurts our democracy. Thomas Brown 9/18/2020
Identity Politics and the Death of Moral Imagination The Right - “The problem—as has been said so many times before—is that identity politics takes a kernel of truth about embodied human experience and pushes it to its destructive conclusion.” Henry George 9/17/2020
Preview: “A Critical Legal Examination of Liberalism and Liberal Rights” The Left - “While we may be cursed to live in interesting times, this presents an opportunity to rethink some of our basic assumptions about the democratic politics of liberal states…” Matt McManus 9/15/2020