Does Jordan Peterson Misconstrue “Myth”? The Left - “This, however, poses another problem because it presumes that mythical truth is somehow free from ideology.” Abhishek Solomon 6/20/2020
Understanding the Reactionary Outlook The Left - “One of the defining features of the reactionary outlook is how thin its conception of life’s meaning is, and this, in turn, explains why reactionaries tend to be so anxious about it all falling apart…” Matt McManus 6/19/2020
Against the Concept Creep Of “Racism” The Center - “This is why I was dismayed by a recent essay published at Arc Digital (on June 9th) by Akiva M. Cohen, entitled ‘Systemic Racism Is Real. We Need To Fight It, Not Deny It.'” Samuel Kronen 6/18/2020
Columbus Belongs Not Only to History The Center - “And one example of this—among others—is how prominently he features in a particular tradition of philosophy: that of philosophical pessimism.” Erich J. Prince 6/17/2020
No, Antifa Is Not Synonymous with “Anti-fascism” The Center - “So, in the same way that a country with the word ‘democratic’ in its name tends to be anything but, Antifa appears overwhelmingly to be anti-fascist in name only.” Gerfried Ambrosch 6/17/2020
The False Dichotomy in Kimberlé Crenshaw’s Intersectionality The Center - “Why is this important? Because grammar shows that Crenshaw’s distinction between identity politics and liberal universalism is artificial.” Jonathan Church 6/16/2020
In Place of Columbus’ Statue, Build One for Francisco de Vitoria The Center - “Perhaps the strongest argument considered by Vitoria relied on what today we might call “humanitarian intervention.” Gabriel Andrade 6/15/2020
The Fuzzy Logic Behind the Movement The Center - “But this discrepancy makes perfect sense if we consider the tone of racial discourse in the United States for half a second.” Samuel Kronen 6/15/2020
When Josh Hawley Overplays His Hand The Center - “But that is no reason to allow Senator Hawley to misrepresent history in the service of a political narrative that will cause even greater damage to an international system that is already under immense strain.” Matt Johnson 6/13/2020
Finding Common Ground in Times of Anguish The Right - “My progressive friends and I are united in wanting to see an end to police brutality, even though we may differ when it comes to the means to bring that about.” Tony D. Senatore 6/12/2020
How Close We Are to Unravelling The Right - “The religion of Social Justice is redolent of the old paganism but without even the mortal transcendence of its pantheons.” Henry George 6/11/2020
Is “the Long Peace” Sustainable? The Right - “Furthermore, one of the most—if not the most—crucial contributor to the Long Peace is the spread of democracy.” Sukhayl Niyazov 6/10/2020
Navigating Whiteness: Between White-Shaming and White Indigenous Rights The Center - “White-shaming is a political tactic aimed at invalidating the opinions and experiences of people of European descent. Premised on a belief in collective guilt, it judges white folks not by the content of their character but by the color of their skin.” Gerfried Ambrosch 6/10/2020
Liberty and the Left The Left - “Prominent proposals by left-wing parties such as democratizing the workplace or introducing universal public healthcare (in the United States), they argue, are best framed as positions that further the cause of freedom.” Néstor de Buen 6/8/2020
The Dangers of Campus Speech Codes: Revisiting the Water Buffalo Affair The Center - “The history which preceded the magazine’s shutdown and resurgence involved a controversy sufficient for the Red and Blue to be ‘expelled from the Student Activities Council (SAC)’ and to have ‘archives…trashed by the University.'” Jonathan Church 6/7/2020
What Cormac McCarthy Saw When He Saw Evil The Left - “When asked to describe Chigurh, the few people lucky enough to have encountered him and survived claimed he that ‘looked like anybody.'” Matt McManus 6/5/2020
These Are Not “Peaceful Protests”; Their Violent Rhetoric Incites Violence The Right - “If that is the result of George Floyd’s killing, he will have not only died in vain but, more, died as a critical girder supporting the enemy’s battlements.” Alexander Zubatov 6/4/2020
The Protests Are Not About Police Violence The Center - “Racism and racial inequality are barriers for many non-whites, but viewing these disparities as a morality play between powerful whites and enraged minorities is a recipe for untold conflict.” Samuel Kronen 6/3/2020
As the Word “Racism” Loses Its Meaning The Center - “Ambiguity, however, is the name of the game when it comes to defining racism, while Whiteness Studies is similarly plagued with ‘critical’ obfuscation.” Jonathan Church 6/2/2020
Why Wendy Brown Remains as Relevant as Ever The Left - “Brown makes the bold choice of echoing conservative critics in scrutinizing left-wing variants of identity politics from a Nietzschean perspective; however, she takes a far more nuanced and less polemical approach.” Matt McManus 5/29/2020
A Few Questions for My Social Justice Colleagues The Center - “What I left out of that piece are the many questions my immersion has raised whose answers, if I could find them, might help what I’ll call the reasonable unwoke better assess SJ/DEI claims. I would like to air those questions here.” David Ferrero 5/26/2020
Excitement about the Coronavirus’ Effect on Emissions Obscures the Big Picture The Center - “Should individuals collectively decide to make radical changes to lower their carbon output, they—and the economy at large—will suffer. As a result, individuals won’t. And, their individual choices would not be enough, regardless.” Thomas Hochman 5/24/2020
Can Free Speech Help Us Beat the Coronavirus?  The Right - “We must remind those like Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Susan Wojcicki that they should not silence ideas from the get-go because they fear that people are incapable of evaluating information for themselves.” Jean Vilbert 5/23/2020
Bhaskar Sunkara’s “The Socialist Manifesto” and Understanding Millennial Socialism The Left - “What has become ‘millennial socialism’ arguably got its start in 2011, with the founding of Jacobin, a proudly left-wing magazine that was trendy, readable, and erudite.” Matt McManus 5/21/2020
The Plague in New York, the Pox on America  The Right - “With our political and cultural situation having deteriorated far beyond where it was two decades ago, it is my hope that the long-overdue national cleansing and cultural revitalization this pestilence brings in its wake will last.” Alexander Zubatov 5/20/2020
The Limits of Political Reasoning The Center - “However, regardless of it being mathematically the same task, the politically-charged task’s results came out in a polarized fashion…” Alessandro van den Berg 5/19/2020
Lessons from Antiquity for Our Current Pandemic The Center - “Thucydides subsequently goes on to say, ‘In other respects also Athens owed to the plague the beginnings of a state of unprecedented lawlessness.’” Paul Krause 5/18/2020
Psychoanalytic Darkness and Reflections on the Coronavirus The Center - “The ‘viral’ aspect of the Coronavirus pandemic and the disproportionate effect on the aged similarly suggests a Jungian reading of systemic breakdown and a lurch towards either symbolic or literal death.” Nick Opyrchal 5/18/2020
Why Jordan Peterson Is Worth Defending The Center - “And, in the midst of it all, a Canadian psychologist told people to clean their rooms before trying to change the world and has not ceased to be excoriated for his efforts years later. History will be kinder to him than his opponents.” Samuel Kronen 5/17/2020
Has Dave Rubin Found His Intellectual Stride? The Left - “I do want to give Rubin the fairest shake I possibly can. As such, instead of commenting on the book generally, I will look at some of the book’s arguments in detail and break them down…” Néstor de Buen 5/14/2020
If There Were Ever a Time for Bipartisanship, It Is Now The Center - “COVID-19 presents a unique opportunity for governments to build trust. According to a recent update of the 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer, trust in government around the world spiked by 11 points between January and May 2020.” Matt Johnson 5/13/2020
The Outsourcing of American Tennis The Left - “Should American tennis enthusiasts be deprived the opportunity of receiving a financial scholarship and the college athletic experience because coaches—and an increasing number of them from overseas—believe foreign players are their best chance to win matches?” Allen M. Hornblum 5/12/2020
The Irrelevance of the Intelligence Debate  The Left - “By contrast, those on the Left tend to prefer more transparently social determinants, such as ethnic or economic background and push against anything which seems to ‘naturalize’ inequality by explaining it biologically.” Matt McManus 5/12/2020
Lacan’s “Real,” Jung’s “Psychoid,” and Jordan Peterson’s “Dragon of Chaos” The Center - “It may hearten aggrieved fans of Jordan Peterson, whose status as representative of Jungian thought I took umbrage with in a previous article, that I recognize some value in this aspect of Peterson’s work from a psychoanalytic or psychotherapeutic perspective.” Nick Opyrchal 5/11/2020
Conservatives Are Not the Only Ones Who Ignore “Facts and the Science” The Right - “…this and countless other scientific findings led the President of the American Sociological Association—in his 2005 presidential address—to call upon members to, ‘Prepare to defend against the genomic data juggernaut heading their way down the pike.'” Richard W. Burcik 5/11/2020