What Punk Rock Has Taught Me about the Radical Left The Center - “The question, of course, is why an underground counterculture known for its outspoken, contrarian, and anti-authoritarian attitude would toe the woke party line, disavow empiricism, and do the bidding of elite ideologues rather than admit that the emperor is naked.” Gerfried Ambrosch 10/14/2021
“Heroism” and the “World Soul” at Jena The Center - “The flattering portrait Hegel wrote of Napoleon to his friend has subsequently spiraled into mythic legend. Why did Hegel have this seemingly lofty view of Napoleon?” Paul Krause 10/13/2021
Roberto Calasso: A Man Possessed The Center - “Roberto Calasso passed away this year at the age of 80. There is no one quite like Roberto Calasso; perhaps there is no one remotely like Roberto Calasso.” Chris Augusta 10/12/2021
The Mirage of Media Objectivity The Center - “Writing becomes a contest between mutually incompatible conceptions of public life. We do not simply have varying prescriptions for social ills; the afflictions we observe are fundamentally different.” Vahaken Mouradian 10/11/2021
Review: “The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality” The Left - “Now, given that genetics matters for these things, which, in turn, drive inequality, we should take genetics seriously if we are truly committed to egalitarianism.” Néstor de Buen 10/7/2021
Andrew Sullivan Invites Us All Out Onto the Limb The Center - “That commitment to truth seeking made Sullivan one of the earliest advocates for gay marriage and one of the most potent and consistent critics of ‘wokeness’ today.” Thomas Koenig 10/5/2021
If Anything Is Sacred, the Human Body Is Not It The Center - “The body is certainly something we should appreciate, but it is not the most obvious thing to be considered sacred. A far better candidate would be consciousness.” Peter Clarke 9/26/2021
Review: “The Memeing of Mark Fisher” The Left - “Located within the framework of the Frankfurt School’s critical theory, The Memeing of Mark Fisher boldly riffs on everything from conspiracy theories and memes to economic policy and election campaigns…” Al Binns 9/17/2021
“A Certain Terror”: A White Male Perspective on Being an Ally The Left - “But that raises another thorny question: Given all the excellent books by women and people of color, why am I writing at all? Why am I not simply recommending other people’s work to men and white people?” Robert Jensen 9/16/2021
The Political Import of Jonathan Rauch’s “The Constitution of Knowledge” The Center - “Rauch takes as his subject how we know what we know in public life, and what the greatest contemporary threats to our shared public knowledge are.” Thomas Koenig 9/15/2021
A Culture War Worth the Fight The Center - “The predictable consequence is that instead of striving together toward the ethereal glow at the top of the highest peak, we are coming apart and stomping each other and ourselves further down into the abyss…” Alexander Zubatov 9/8/2021
Why We Should Love Democracy, with a Few Caveats The Center - “But even if we should accept and defend democracy as an ideal, we should not make the mistake of forgetting that anti-democratic—or, at least, non-democratic—procedures and institutions are necessary for sustaining a liberal democratic society like our own.” Thomas Koenig 9/7/2021
The Psychology of Critical Social Justice The Center - “Adherents of the Woke worldview disallow this more complex approach to social issues (psychologically, an ambivalent position) and, instead, succumb to the simplistic and often pleasurable permission to demonize entire categories of people according to immutable traits.” Jaco van Zyl 9/2/2021
Afghanistan and the West’s Failure The Right - “Whether America likes it or not, the unipolar moment, Pax Americana, is over.” Henry George 8/31/2021
It’s Time for a Two-State Solution…for America The Center - “If a nation is an ‘imagined community,’ to invoke Benedict Anderson’s metaphor, then how can we live together when the communities we imagine are, at every level, incompatible?” Alexander Zubatov 8/23/2021
Politics: Not an End in Itself The Center - “As such, politics has eclipsed its primary purpose—namely, to provide the means by which people can seek out and, in turn, live good lives, lives that have nothing to do with politics.” Erich J. Prince 8/19/2021
City of Thugs The Center - “If, on the other hand, we as a society make excuses for thugs and use pretextual claims of racism to emasculate law enforcement, we will promote the continuation of our rapid race to the bottom.” Alexander Zubatov 8/13/2021
Hiding the Ball on Critical Race Theory The Right - “Marcuse and Bell might not be on the reading lists at elementary schools, but CRT’s cynical mentality and Marxist tenets are still present in the pedagogical exercises being exposed by Christopher Rufo’s investigative journalism.” Harrison Pitt 8/11/2021
Excerpt: “The End of the End of History” The Left - “History ended in 1989. In 2008, the economic order was shaken. The political reckoning arrived in 2016. By 2020, the End of History was over.” Alex Hochuli, George Hoare, and Philip Cunliffe 8/10/2021
Tunisia and Egypt: Two Tests for Biden and Democracy The Center - “The Biden administration has not yet decided whether to call Saied’s power grab a coup.” Michael D. Purzycki 8/9/2021
How Things End The Center - “As Joshua Foa Dienstag reminds us, the essential tragedy of being human (or being anything, for that matter) stems from the passage of time.” Erich J. Prince 8/6/2021
The Eviction Ban: A Case Study in Congressional Dysfunction The Center - “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.” Thomas Koenig 8/3/2021
Unleashing the Hounds Upon America The Center - “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?” Alexander Zubatov 8/3/2021
The Burden of Choice  First-Person - “But, if I have learned anything, it is that choice is best when it is counterweighted by a serious moral framework.” Jake Scott 8/2/2021
Ranked-Choice Voting: Technocracy Run Amok The Right - “20 years of RCV in San Francisco has neither moderated the city’s politics nor produced any novel outcomes worth replicating.” Eddie Ferrara 7/31/2021
Withdrawal Symptoms The Center - “Dear doves and hawks and other feathered brethren: It is already over.” Vahaken Mouradian 7/30/2021
When Tolerance Goes Too Far The Center - “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.” Shane Trotter 7/29/2021
Propaganda Art The Center - “Yet now the Enlightenment too, like ancient thought before, finds its enduring legacy threatened by a fundamentalist competitor.” Race Hochdorf 7/27/2021
UFOs, Zombies, and Our Cyborg Futures The Left - “However, without wishing to entertain hyperbole, we may conversely deem this great exposé to be rather trivial—even inconsequential—especially when considering the increasingly ‘extraordinary’ nature of our own existence.” Al Binns 7/17/2021
From Revolting Masses to Revolting Elites The Center - “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.'” Chris Augusta 7/16/2021
Review: Robin DiAngelo’s “Nice Racism” The Center - “One thing that sets Nice Racism apart from her other books is the depth of its cynicism.” Christopher Paslay 7/14/2021
In Reply to Tomasz Witkowski: To Foster a Culture of Common Sense The Center - “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.” Paul Sturdee 6/29/2021
The Power of Stories to Tear Us Apart The Center - “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.'” Peter Clarke 6/28/2021
Why Porn? Why This Porn? Why So Little Concern? The Left - “I want to explore this conclusion by asking why pornography is so prevalent, why themes of domination and subordination are so prevalent in pornography, and why so many people defend or celebrate it, even in progressive and feminist circles.” Robert Jensen 6/24/2021
The Press and Violence against Asian-Americans  The Center - “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.” Erich J. Prince 6/22/2021