“OK, Boomer!” Understood The Left - “Old leftists fully wish to hold Trump, Johnson, Bolsonaro, Salvini and co., to account for their post-truthism. Meanwhile the younger leftist is likely to be ‘post-truth’ themselves.” Mike Watson 11/19/2019
Why We’re Writing a Book-Length Critique of Jordan Peterson The Left - “Diverse as they may be, these four authors are united by a desire to confront Peterson on his own terms—that is, to eschew tawdry criticism and ad hominem attacks and instead to get to the nucleus of his thought.“ Conrad Hamilton and Matt McManus 11/17/2019
The Solution to the “Incel” Problem The Center - “A State that hopes to mingle in the bedroom is one step closer to totalitarianism, and that is why sex redistribution is a horrifying prospect. But, while not enforcing it, the State, and most importantly, leaders of civil society (most crucially, intellectuals), should send the message that monogamy is a good thing.” Gabriel Andrade 11/13/2019
The Driver of the Trumpian Movement: Resentment? The Left - “But the more interesting argument Nietzsche puts forward is that resentment was at the base of many of the West’s egalitarian philosophies.” Matt McManus 11/11/2019
Getting to the Bottom of Ben Shapiro’s Popularity The Left - “Robinson’s article is both interesting and useful because it summarizes neatly and cogently almost every argument that those on the Left might make against Shapiro. However, it also begins to lay out a broad notion of why critiques of Shapiro usually fail.” Néstor de Buen 11/10/2019
Thomas Friedman, Barack Obama, and the Longstanding Tumult in Syria The Center - “Had Obama intervened strongly enough in 2013, Syria could have been his Bosnia, a long-running humanitarian disaster that a U.S. president halted after initially dragging his feet.” Michael D. Purzycki 11/7/2019
Where Did Post-Modernism Come From? The Left - “In this short essay, I will argue that there were three factors, which contributed to the emergence of post-modern culture.” Matt McManus 11/6/2019
Pope Francis and “What Is Idolatry, Anyways?” The Center -   “And Pope Francis himself is wrong for, once again, being a populist and refusing to call a spade a spade; he wants support from the Left and thus defends Pachamama, but he also wants support from the Right and thus condemns idolatry.” Gabriel Andrade 11/4/2019
Yoram Hazony, Russell Kirk, and the Conservative Fascination with “Order” The Left - “By contrast, Kirk insists that progressives are the real fools in thinking that unbridled reason alone can provide us with an adequate sense of meaning in the world.” Matt McManus 11/3/2019
Augustine and the Politics of Love The Center - “Compared to the other classical political philosophers, Augustine stands apart from not articulating a preferred political order or what the ideal order would be. And that is the point.” Paul Krause 11/1/2019
Halloween Moral Panics, on Both the Left and Right The Center - “Despite the absurd views of evangelical pastors, college diversity officers, and Latin American leftist nationalists, Halloween is unstoppable, and this is for the good of humanity.” Gabriel Andrade 10/31/2019
Injecting Nuance into the Reparations Debate The Left - “But when addressing a problem of justice, popularity is neither the sole nor the primary factor for adjudication.” Elie Nehme 10/30/2019
Franco’s Exhumation: An Opportunity to End One-Sided Narratives The Center - “In fact, many of the generals who participated in the 1936 rebellion used the 1934 rebellion as an excuse: if the Left was not willing to give recognition to a legitimately constituted government, then now the Right was not under the obligation to do so, either.” Gabriel Andrade 10/29/2019
What Socialists and Creationists Have in Common The Right - “[W]hile you see the products and services provided for you by the government, you are forever blind to the benefits that would have been provided by those same resources had the government not confiscated them…” Logan Chipkin 10/28/2019
Somewhere Between the Marquis de Sade and the Twist The Center - “…nor could [Houellebecq] have emerged from the hundreds of wallet-siphoning creative writing MFA programs, whose grasp on the American literary world has sanitized literature to an unreadable degree.” Clint Margrave 10/27/2019
Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, and the Left’s False Anti-Imperialist Crusade The Center - “Through rallying anti-war movements and opposing any Western intervention (including humanitarian missions), many Western socialist intellectuals have, in fact, turned themselves into foot soldiers for authoritarian and undemocratic regimes.” Sirvan Karimi 10/26/2019
Identity Politics, Coleman Hughes, and the Left: A Reply to Samuel Kronen The Left - “We should be aspiring to establish a far more egalitarian society in accordance with principles of fairness. But this cannot come at the expense of respecting alternative doctrines which have a right to political expression.” Matt McManus 10/25/2019
“Things We Pretend Not to Know”: Douglas Murray and the Futilitarian Paradigm The Center - “Mill is pointing to a driver, perhaps the chief driver of inequality in our economic system. The ‘capital’ that young people today are unable to accumulate is, in fact, land (i.e. location) value.” Darren Iversen 10/24/2019
Sorry Noam Chomsky, the World Needs the United States The Center - “The United States has no other option but to, as Niall Ferguson phrases it, cease to be an empire-in-denial, and come to terms with the fact that, for now, the world needs a global policeman, and the United States is the one country that can play that role.” Gabriel Andrade 10/23/2019
The Similar Artistic Appeal of Jordan Peterson and Ta-Nehisi Coates The Center - “In a media environment where heady intellectuals spray the air with heady jargon, it is a joy just to have people who keep the spirit of human aspiration alive through art and creative representation.” Samuel Kronen 10/23/2019
The Left Is No Stranger to Conspiracy Theories Either The Center - “Matt McManus analyzes conspiracy mongering in the United States by focusing on President Donald Trump and Dinesh D’Souza (a right-wing nut), but he neglects to mention Oliver Stone or Louis Farrakhan, conspiracy theorists who sing to the tune of the Left.” Gabriel Andrade 10/22/2019
Review: Matt McManus’ “The Rise of Post-Modern Conservatism” The Left - “McManus draws a historical trajectory that sees conservatives responding to the challenges of socialism, communism, and fascism by hardening Burke’s pragmatic project into an ideology: what we now call neoliberalism.” Mike Watson 10/21/2019
Enduring Lessons from Early 20th Century Neuroscience The Center - “More importantly to Cajal, however, is that theorists care more about telling a good story than giving it to us straight. When the current state of knowledge is disorganized and uninteresting, according to Cajal, that’s exactly what we should be saying.” Andrew Neff 10/20/2019
Slavoj Žižek, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the Philosophy of Climate Change The Left - “It does not take an expert logician to deduce that if climate catastrophe were really upon us, we would also observe people giving extreme warnings, and it could even be the case that they still would not support, for example, nuclear power.” Néstor de Buen 10/19/2019
Coleman Hughes and Critiques of the Left: An Open Letter to McManus The Center - “Although the line seems quite clear as to when right-wing ideas have gone too far, the same clarity just isn’t there for when left-wing ideas go bad.” Samuel Kronen 10/18/2019
Review: Axel Honneth’s “The Idea of Socialism: Towards a Renewal” The Left - “While this may be a fair criticism of socialist intellectuals, it isn’t obvious to me that all socialists were as myopically economistic as Honneth suggests.” Matt McManus 10/17/2019
Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility Theory Falls Prey to Logical Fallacies The Center - “Unfortunately, in so blithely dismissing individualism, DiAngelo hinges her theory so heavily on collective, rather than individual, identity and experience that it dies on the sword of a logical fallacy.” Jonathan Church 10/16/2019
Shakespeare, a Political Theorist Too The Center - “That they are tragedies also reveals Shakespeare’s pessimistic outlook on politics. Politics is a tragic necessity. But it comes with a cost. Namely, the forsaking of love.” Paul Krause 10/15/2019
Answering Slavoj Žižek’s Question: Kant’s Unpopularity The Left - “In his book, Žižek analyzes why Kant and his progeny have been struggling philosophically in recent years, while offering a partial defense of their views.” Matt McManus 10/12/2019
The $1 Per Day Issue The Center - “Given the endless current debates on immigration-related topics, the ‘$1 Per Day Issue’ issue has, at times, arguably been lost amid other questions that are frequently raised about our current immigration policies.” Erich J. Prince and Allen Zheng 10/10/2019
Napoleon Chagnon and the Myth of the Noble Savage The Center - “Two hundred years later, Venezuelans speak of natives as a national asset—and sometimes even a touristic attraction—that enhances their national pride, very much like oil fields, beauty queens, Miguel Cabrera, or Angel Falls.” Gabriel Andrade 10/9/2019
Slavoj Žižek, Jason Stanley, and Understanding Fascism The Left - “Žižek observes that while many thought this kind of politician was an anachronistic oddity in mid-2000’s neoliberal societies, Berlusconi may actually have been an archetype of the future.” Matthew McManus 10/8/2019
“Give Them An Argument: Logic For The Left”—A Review The Center - “Give Them An Argument, at times, reads like an instruction pamphlet on how to use logic to defeat our political opponents, a social democratic version of Sun Tzu’s Art Of War, and, in that sense, Burgis might have more in common with his overzealous conservative opponents that he might realize.” Samuel Kronen 10/7/2019
Writing in the Tradition of Rawls—to Understand Trump The Left - “McManus…is much closer to the analytic tradition represented by authors such as John Rawls and Martha Nussbaum. Yet, his work is much richer thanks to his engagement with Marxist class analysis and post-structuralist philosophy…” Néstor de Buen 10/6/2019
How Slavoj Žižek Can Help Us Understand Climate Change The Left - “There have been several assaults on this conceit before in the Western world; the philosopher Slavoj Žižek directs our attention to three in particular.” Matt McManus 10/4/2019