Edward Snowden: Courageous Whistleblower or Useful Idiot? The Center - “Sadly, Snowden suffered from a syndrome that is too typical among activists in the West: in their zeal for criticism of their own country or civilization, they end up favoring other countries or civilizations that are far worse.” Gabriel Andrade 9/22/2019
The Roots of Totalitarianism The Left - “The totalitarian movements offered the promise of not just belonging, but total belonging. The individual would be swallowed into the movement, becoming a single homogenous mass with one’s fellows.” Matt McManus 9/21/2019
The Spanish Philosopher Who Best Understood Populism The Left - “For Ortega y Gasset, the elite has nothing to do with class or any other kind sociocultural factors. The elite are simply those who make great demands of themselves.” Nestor de Buen 9/20/2019
Dostoevsky, Milton, and the Changing Definition of “Meaning” The Left - “In the case of our current crisis of meaning, it was only in the 19th century that sensitive figures truly began to grasp the profound changes which had transformed societies.” Matt McManus 9/18/2019
Review: J.A. Smith’s “Other People’s Politics: Populism to Corbynism” The Left - “So confident were many in the apparent neutrality and sensibility of the third way approach that the difference between Conservatives and Labor, much like the Republicans and the Democrats, started to look merely cosmetic.” Matt McManus 9/10/2019
Better Understanding Plato’s Republic The Center - “Plato’s Republic is not, primarily, asking the question ‘what is justice?’ as much as it is asking what kind of city do we live in? Before we can address any political issue we must first know whether we are living under a regime of tyranny or liberty.” Paul Krause 9/9/2019
Why Christians Should Oppose Sohrab Ahmari The Left - “In many ways, it was far better to see Christendom shrunk down to a few genuine believers than to see it ballooned and enforced into a parody of itself” Matt McManus 9/7/2019
Jordan Peterson, Noam Chomsky, and What We Mean by “Left” and “Right” The Left - “For these reasons, I think it is not unreasonable to identify this nature-nurture or nature-history spectrum as the basic guiding principle behind the left-right spectrum.” Néstor de Buen 9/6/2019
The Uses and Misuses of Philosophy The Left - “I wanted to take this opportunity to consider some of the ways philosophy has been used and misused in contemporary political debates to justify a broad range of positions.” Matt McManus 9/5/2019
Aristophanes: The First Poet Critic The Center - In the words of German poet Henrich Heine: “There is a God, and his name is Aristophanes.” Paul Krause 9/4/2019
On the Death of Immanuel Wallerstein The Center - “For that reason, I hold that Wallerstein’s ideas are very questionable, but his work is still worthy of consideration.” Gabriel Andrade 9/3/2019
The Philosophy of Human Rights (Part II) The Left - “The state must respect the freedom and autonomy of those fleeing violence by accepting them within its boundaries and offering them hospitality, which makes for a precursor to modern refugee law.” Matt McManus 8/30/2019
The Philosophy of Human Rights The Left - “Even those who agree that rights exist struggle to locate where they come from, what counts as a genuine right, and how to realize them.” Matt McManus 8/27/2019
Sophocles and the Necessity of Family The Center - “Instead of the gods being our deliverance, the family is the instrument of salvation and the bulwark against tyranny in his surviving plays.” Paul Krause 8/26/2019
Slavoj Žižek and the Quillette Hoax The Left - “But this just shows that Žižek is right in that there is no such thing as seeing the world as it really is. There is always something that mediates perception.” Néstor de Buen 8/21/2019
The Four Competing Approaches to Higher Education The Left - “Many critics point out that this one dimensional approach to education helps produce citizens who are selfish, disinterested in politics, and unprepared for dealing with moral complexities, which are not reducible to cost-benefit analysis.” Matt McManus 8/20/2019
Euripides: Oracle of Modernity The Center - “Euripides’ gods are the gods of Hesiod given a new, cunning, and manipulative makeover. Furthermore, they are depicted as clear threats to the human social order.“ Paul Krause 8/19/2019
Taking Science Fiction Seriously The Left - “Today, it is science fiction that often carried the torch of the utopian aspiration.” Matt McManus 8/17/2019
Why Aeschylus Still Matters Today The Center - “But Aeschylus’ cosmos goes beyond Homer’s in presenting Reason, Persuasion, as an integral aspect of the cosmos that was otherwise absent in Homer.” Paul Krause 8/15/2019
Orwell: The Best Student of the Left The Left - “The typical socialist often had very little concrete experience with the actual conditions facing those they purported to care about. They were often middle class, well educated, and highly resentful of the rich.” Matt McManus 8/14/2019
Where Hayek and Marx Part Ways The Left - “The most committed liberal would believe that perfection is unattainable, while the socialist would contend that it is not only possible but necessary.” Néstor de Buen 8/13/2019
Where Tolstoy Departs from Dostoevsky The Left - “Tolstoy was not naïve in thinking that social and political reform would end all forms of evil in human life. Like Dostoevsky, he was very well aware that much wickedness flowed from the pride and vanity of men like Napoleon or the Russian tsars.” Matt McManus 8/12/2019
“Frozen Desire” By James Buchan: As Relevant Now As Ever The Left - “The Romanticism of the 19th century was a direct response to not only the materialist underpinnings of the Enlightenment but also the increasingly monetary-centric worldview that subsumed all human relations.” Luke Rodeheffer 8/11/2019
Kevin Williamson, “The Bard of Anti-Socialism” The Left - “Perhaps Williamson’s own ability to overcome those obstacles has led him to underestimate how formidable a challenge they can pose, a clear example of upward mobility hardening the hearts of the precious few it bestows itself upon.” Elie Nehme 7/30/2019
Slavoj Žižek, Music, and the End of Capitalism The Left - “The basic thought is that it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.” Néstor de Buen 7/24/2019
Dostoevsky’s Extremely Thoughtful Critique of the Left The Left - “People do not truly want an end to suffering in all cases…They need challenges in order to feel the thrill of victory, guilt over their actions to have a chance at redemption, and the possibility of rejection and hatred to feel any deep form of love.” Matt McManus 7/15/2019
Jordan Peterson’s Thinkspot and Public Utilities The Left - “Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media platforms are much more like churches or clubs than they are like a public plaza, regardless of their size.” Néstor de Buen 7/13/2019
I Love a Black Ariel, But I Hate Identity Politics The Center - “So, all those people that tweet #notmyariel are probably arguing that if Black Panther necessarily has to be black, Ariel necessarily has to be white.” Gabriel Andrade 7/12/2019
The Shallowness of the Intellectual Dark Web The Left - “Edmund Burke’s arguments against the French Revolutionaries resonate because he understood the revolutionaries’ position quite well.” Matt McManus 7/11/2019
Preview: Human Dignity and the Law The Left - “If individuals are able to become authors of their lives in a substantive way, we can say they have lived a dignified life.” Matt McManus 7/9/2019
Is the Apostle Paul Relevant in the 21st Century? The Center - “Famously, Nietzsche despised Paul for distorting Jesus’ original message and bringing forth an obsession with sin. The result, in Nietzsche’s view, is Christianity’s unhealthy emphasis on guilt and renunciation.” Gabriel Andrade 7/8/2019
Jordan Peterson: A Libertarian Reading The Right - “In a few hundred pages of personal anecdotes, lessons from history, and psychological expertise, Jordan Peterson offers strategies for the individual to rise and face life’s hardships, and to find meaning in the fight for personal betterment.” Logan Chipkin 7/8/2019
When We Debate “Biological Differences” The Left - “The framing of these arguments, I believe, is largely misguided. Right and Left are, after all, moral and political positions and not scientific ones.” Néstor de Buen 7/6/2019
Burke’s Aesthetics Formed the Core of His Politics The Center - “Those who deal in political aesthetics have long noted that Burke’s aesthetics is the core ground of his outlook.” Paul Krause 7/1/2019
Review: Kevin O’Rourke’s “A Short History of Brexit: From Brentry to Backstop” The Left - “Importantly, he notes that it was initially the Conservative party that embraced European integration and the Labour Party which vehemently opposed it.” Matt McManus 6/29/2019