On the Redundancy of the Terms “Right” and “Left” Oscar Clarke Essay - “Is there anyone who can give a clear definition of Leftist or Rightist doctrine with which even half of those who consider themselves to be on the Left or the Right would agree? I am inclined to doubt it…” 1/30/2024
To Give Ukrainians Justice, Look to Nuremberg Andy Owen Essay - “While allies should provide Ukraine with the resources needed to push as far toward the Russian border as possible, they should also start to think about post-war justice. Resolving the war will involve more than just agreeing to where lines are drawn on a map.” 1/29/2024
Young Voters Do Not Belong Inevitably to the Left Erich J. Prince Essay - “However, outside of the contemporary United States and United Kingdom, a look at the composition of certain right-of-center political movements casts doubt on the reflexive association many hold between young people and voting for the Left.” 1/20/2024
“Neoliberalism” Is a Delusion of Marxists Jonathan Church Essay - “I have written previously that much of this ‘neoliberal’ nightmare is a myth, not because the world is without problems, but because the problems of the world are much too multifaceted, internally complex, and situationally unique for each problem to regarded as just another mutation of an invincible neoliberal virus replicating across the globe.” 1/15/2024
A Warning From South Africa Guzi He Essay - “One might notice that unlike in the 1990s, apart from a few occasional flare-ups, the struggle is no longer primarily between Xhosa and Zulu, or any African ethnicity for that matter. A crusade against whiteness had united black South Africans who would otherwise have been fighting among themselves.” 1/13/2024
“Systemic Racism” Is the Biggest Conspiracy Theory of Them All Alexander Zubatov Essay - “The reason, as we will shortly see, that it is fair to characterize systemic racism as a nutty and sweeping conspiracy theory is that racism is, again and again, simply assumed to be the universal, underlying, unitary cause of multifarious phenomena for which other, more parsimonious, accurate, and complex explanations are blithely ignored or dismissed.” 1/8/2024
Taiwan and World War III Aaron Sarin Essay - “The question of Taiwan is never far from the Chinese President’s thoughts, and nor should it be far from ours. The fortunes of the world rest on that island. No conflict in Eastern Europe or the Middle East is as likely to spiral into a global war.” 1/3/2024
Yes, January 6th Was an Insurrection Jonathan Church Essay - “The attempted insurrection by President Trump and his supporters had failed. But make no mistake: The violent events of January 6th were the direct result of a deliberate months-long campaign by President Trump to overturn illegally an election that he did not win.” 1/2/2024
It’s a Somber New Year for K-12 Schools Bruno V. Manno The Center - “If the recovery effort is not expanded to involve all the resources that every community has to offer, our young people, especially the most vulnerable, face a diminished future.” 12/30/2023
Islam and the West: Culturally and Theologically Divided Benedict Beckeld The Right - “The cultural and theological division between Islam and the West is real, and these differences in religious philosophies play themselves out in a very concrete way in the modern world, just as they have in the past and will continue to do in the future.” 12/22/2023
Woke Kids Are Speaking; Weak Adults Are Listening Alexander Zubatov The Center - “The university protest movement largely took shape at the same time when our society’s disproportionate valorization of youth and youthful opinion began in the 1960s, when our whole nation began to come apart at the seams, an unraveling that, despite brief periods of rollback, has continued apace to this day.” 12/20/2023
The True Origin of Palestinian Suffering Was Not 1948 Alexander von Sternberg The Center - “However, there was one man who positioned himself very early on as an opponent to this growing Jewish presence in his homeland. This man was Haj Amin al-Husseini, who, in 1921, became the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.” 12/18/2023
Beyond Profit: The Value of the Humanities James M. Magrini The Center - “When privileging science and math in the curriculum at the expense of the humanities, education sacrifices what is most essential: the important civic function of the humanities. As a result, we produce ‘a nation of employees, not citizens.'” 12/12/2023
How Scholars and Activists Have Reinvented Our Understanding of Racism Jonathan Church The Center - “In short, we have dogma, and from dogma, cognitive errors in reasoning inevitably ensue.” 12/7/2023
Ireland Attempts to Silence Critics of Its Immigration Policies Noel Yaxley The Center - “The Irish state will undoubtedly have one of the most extensive, if not the most totalitarian, hate speech laws in Western Europe if the bill becomes law, despite the government’s insistence that it contains a provision to ‘protect genuine freedom of expression.'” 12/6/2023
The Legacy of Henry Kissinger Michael D. Purzycki The Center - “If, as President Nixon and Secretary Kissinger rightly believed, it was in America’s interest to extract itself from the mess their predecessors had created in Vietnam, it was not necessary for them to keep fighting the war for so long.” 12/5/2023
Review: “In Defense of Civilization” by Michael R. J. Bonner Henry George The Right - “Bonner has done a great service in reminding us what true civilization means, the cost of losing it, and how we can regain it.” 12/4/2023
Excerpt: “Moral Courage: 19 Profiles of Investigative Journalists” Anthony Feinstein The Left - “To understand India’s slippery descent, one should read the reportage of Neha Dixit, a 37-year-old New Delhi-based freelance journalist.” 11/21/2023
The Press Mustn’t Ignore America’s Gang Problem Erich J. Prince The Center - “There is a formula—unfortunately, I have noticed—when it comes to many in the reality-denying national press: Make a few accurate micro-points but use them to arrive at a conclusion that no reasonable person should believe.” 11/17/2023
Excerpt: “Getting Elected Is the Easy Part” Karen Keiser The Left - “Although an overt threat is never clearly articulated, the potential for serious political consequences makes it all the more trepidatious to consider crossing the aisle on a big bill where every vote is counted and closely watched.” 11/16/2023
What One Must Understand about the New Israel War Benedict Beckeld The Right - “The ‘peace process’ and the ‘two-state solution’ are other thought clichés that must be questioned because ultimately whoever speaks of these, or even more generally of a ‘political settlement,’ has not understood the conflict at all.” 11/11/2023
The Problems with Diversity Training Jonathan Church The Center - “This is an admirable aim, but there is just one big problem: Diversity training is not working.” 11/8/2023
Why I Left the Democratic Party to Support Donald Trump Tony D. Senatore The Right - “I realized that if my Columbia education were to have any meaning, I would have to be bold and risk my music career and go public with my support of President Trump, who was the President of the United States at the time of my graduation in 2017.” 11/5/2023
Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Vision of the American Dream Bruno V. Manno The Center - “I was not there at the Memorial in the sweltering heat and humidity of Washington. I saw it through the magic of our black-and-white Muntz television set in my family’s Italian tavern in Cleveland, Ohio.” 10/23/2023
Urgently Reconsidering the Doctrine of Multiculturalism Erich J. Prince The Right - “As is sadly often the case, it is only when an issue becomes overwhelmingly acute or when it is too late to correct course, that those once derided as alarmists are dutifully acknowledged to have been correct all along.” 10/21/2023
Harvard Needs to Be Consistent on the Virtue of Free Speech Jonathan Church The Center - “As my co-author Kai Whiting and I argue in an upcoming book…free speech debates have become not simply a matter of whether or to what extent certain ideas should be banished from the public domain, but why, how, and for whom they should be restricted.” 10/16/2023
Incurious: George and the Postcolonialists Melissa Knox The Center - “Schwartz-DuPre is dedicated to putting an end to the idea that Curious George is nothing more than an amusing story.” 9/27/2023
The Russo-Ukrainian War: A Very Simple Conflict Daniel Sharp The Left - “The Rada’s final decree is a reproach to all those who think of Ukraine as nothing more than an appendage of Russia, without a culture and a history of its own.” 8/29/2023
What Socrates Can Teach Us about Political Discourse James M. Magrini The Center - “Rather than treating the other in a Socratic manner—which is to say, as a partner in the communal quest for truth—the polemicist roundly delegitimizes the other and reduces him to an ‘adversary, an enemy, who is wrong and whose very existence constitutes a threat.'”    8/27/2023
Plato and the Pursuit of Justice Paul Krause The Center - “Those who do not make justice the central concern for Plato are not talking about Plato at all.” 7/11/2023
Excerpt: “How Hitchens Can Save the Left” Matt Johnson The Left - “When he saw his old left-wing comrades busily hatching excuses for neutrality as Slobodan Milošević waged war on Bosnia, he realized that much of the Left was either indifferent about this confrontation or on the wrong side.” 6/13/2023
Heidegger and Nazism: The Philosophy of Being and the Politics of National Socialism James M. Magrini The Center - “I argue against the apologetics of the sycophantic defenders of Heidegger who claim that his involvement with National Socialism is wholly reducible to his political naïveté, which includes his gross overestimation of philosophy’s power to sway and influence the development of Germany’s ‘political’ history.” 6/12/2023
Black War Cinema and the Representation Paradox Guzi He The Right - “For all of their insistence on cultural revolution, progressives are not yet ready to kill the goose that lays the golden egg.” 6/8/2023
Confessions of a Beautiful Soul Michael Weyns The Right - “Despite the book’s homage to Friedrich Schiller via its title, we get nothing even remotely reminiscent of the profound intellectual mind meld between him and his great friend Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.” 5/28/2023
Review: “Crassus: The First Tycoon” by Peter Stothard Paul Krause The Center - “Now, Peter Stothard has given us the final decades of the republic through the eyes of Crassus—Rome’s wealthiest man and former consul who famously embarked on a vainglorious and ultimately failed conquest of Parthia that culminated in his embarrassing death.” 5/26/2023