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
Excerpt: “Heal Your Daughter” Cheryl Green The Center - “As one example, some time in 2018 and 2019, many of the young people in my practice suddenly started reporting gender dysphoria and declaring themselves trans. Charismatic social media stars were effectively saying: ‘If you don’t fit in, if you don’t like your body, then you’re trans. Everything will get better after you transition.'” 4/30/2023
Review: “Uncommon Wrath” by Josiah Osgood Paul Krause The Center - “[Josiah] Osgood’s book is a welcome and exciting read about the rivalry between Caesar and Cato; Cato, in the process, finally receives some much-deserved due in the story of the republic’s final decades.” 4/29/2023
On Literary Science and the Bounds of Knowledge Daniel Sharp The Left - “But philistinism is not limited to the arts. I believe that those who cannot appreciate the wondrous beauty of the real world as revealed by science are philistines, too.” 4/27/2023
Do They Really Believe in Eugenics? Guzi He The Right - “While denouncing the eugenics movement, one must also recognize that its repudiation by the progressive mainstream signals the rise of a self-centered ethos that is destructive in its own right.” 4/13/2023
Review: “How Hitchens Can Save the Left” by Matt Johnson Riley Moore The Left - “[Matt] Johnson believes that by adopting [Christopher] Hitchens’s approach—his allergy to party politics, his hatred of racism and nationalism, his emphasis on pluralism and humanism—the contemporary left will not just benefit at the ballot box but will also benefit morally and intellectually.” 4/12/2023
Review: “The Struggle for a Decent Politics: On ‘Liberal’ as an Adjective” by Michael Walzer Seamus Flaherty The Right - “Reading between the lines, we learn in fact that [Michael] Walzer believes that the Right, wrong in its continuing adherence to capitalism, but correct in its eschewal of intellectual fashion, currently has a monopoly on political wisdom.” 4/11/2023
Prelude to War: Lessons from the Second Spanish Republic Guzi He The Right - “The Second Spanish Republic has many parallels with modern American politics. Much like its counterparts in Spain, the American left of today is no less preoccupied with terraforming the cultural landscape.” 3/21/2023
Would Socrates Be Anti-Woke? A Stoic Critique of Identity Politics Jonathan Church The Center - “For the Stoic, however, personal identity is not a fragmented life of intersecting cultural identities but rather a holistic and unified embodiment of rationality endowed by nature.” 3/19/2023
Review: Spencer Klavan’s “How To Save The West” Tyler Hummel The Right - “Being a classicist and student of Greek philosophy, Klavan turns to his education to solve these philosophical dilemmas.” 3/14/2023
Review: Waller Newell’s “Tyranny and Revolution: Rousseau to Heidegger” Paul Krause The Center - “Beginning with Jean-Jacques Rousseau, proceeding through the luminaries of German Idealism and Romanticism—climaxing with Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel—then marching beyond Hegel to Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Martin Heidegger, Newell gives a reading of philosophy gone wrong. Horribly wrong.” 3/8/2023
Marxism Has Been No Deliverer from Ethnic Strife Guzi He The Right - “Any utopian project that tolerates humanity’s diverse values and identities only to the extent that they help advance a narrowly defined vision of progress can only end in indiscriminate violence.” 3/4/2023
Review: Carl Trueman’s “Strange New World” Henry George The Right - “It bears repeating that this is a very good book. Trueman performs a thorough but concise excavation of the intellectual, philosophical, and metaphysical currents that he sees as moving below the crashing waves of our present cultural storm.” 2/21/2023