Lessons from Labour’s 2021 Election Defeat The Left - “It is a crushing defeat that signals that Labour’s loss of several of its Northern constituencies under former Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership in the 2019 general election was not a one-off occurrence that could be fixed with a new leader.” Mike Watson 5/8/2021
George Orwell’s Vision for a Socialist Britain: What Did He Actually Want? The Center - “But every now and again, it is worth looking at his own vision of an ideal society. Interestingly, this is where this sharp-eyed critic comes across as short-sighted.” Adam Wakeling 5/7/2021
George W. Bush’s “Out of Many, One”: A Message of Gratitude The Center - “And at a time when so many, on both the Left and Right, seem intent on tearing everything down, President Bush reminds us how much we have.” Thomas Koenig 5/3/2021
James Burnham: Foreseeing Our Managerial Domination (Part II) The Right - “Ultimately, in order to thwart the managerial system, the American conservative movement needs to co-opt the managerial system.” Henry George 4/27/2021
Independent Wealth: a Prerequisite for Speaking Up? The Center - “This point deserves all the more consideration today, at a time in recent history that has become uniquely critical of concentrated wealth, both of the inherited and earned variety.” Erich J. Prince 4/23/2021
A Big, Bad Word The Center - “But the thinking man ought to deploy le mot juste—the precise term—because of the heartburn it gives petty tyranny, as all truths reliably do.” Vahaken Mouradian 4/20/2021
Review: John Boehner’s “On the House” The Center - “On the House does not provide a clear answer, but, if one reads carefully, one might find that Boehner’s short-term pessimism and long-term optimism are both warranted.” Thomas Koenig 4/19/2021
James Burnham: Foreseeing Our Managerial Domination The Right - “This depoliticization of the public realm extends to the selection of the managerial class itself. Elections matter not at all. The managers perpetuate themselves…” Henry George 4/18/2021
A Brief History of Nothing (Part IV): Wars of the Spirit The Center - “Lewis observes that young people are no longer being taught to experience a unity with greater powers but, rather, to accept themselves as separated from greater reality.” Chris Augusta 4/13/2021
Review: Jamal Greene’s “How Rights Went Wrong” The Center - “Greene uses abortion jurisprudence as a real-world example of how American law’s approach to rights has gone wrong—and has helped split us up into warring tribes competing for a zero-sum rights pie.” Thomas Koenig 4/10/2021
DEI: a Trojan Horse for Critical Social Justice in Science The Center - “As a result, the time has come for scientists to place themselves on the right side of history and reject Critical Social Justice in science as well as its Trojan Horse, DEI as it is currently justified and conceived.” Charles Pincourt 4/8/2021
Preparing for the Work Only Humans Can Do The Center - “Merisotis has written extensively about higher education and the future of work, but Human Work is a departure from much of his past writing.” Peter Clarke 4/7/2021
Penn’s Imprisoned Black “Guinea Pigs” Deserve an Apology and Reparations First-Person - “Upon my father’s return, I was shocked by the change in his appearance. His arms and back were a series of scars and discolored blotches.” Adrianne Jones-Alston 4/6/2021
Growing Up with the Intellectual Dark Web The Center - “It was around that time that I, a decidedly aimless and apathetic 15-year-old, would stumble upon a still somewhat blossoming The Rubin Report, along with The Joe Rogan Experience and Sam Harris’ podcast Making Sense.” Jordan Stout 4/6/2021
Where Race and Language Meet The Center - “Dropping one term in favor of another will not, by itself, solve any great problem, but it can make finding a solution a bit more likely.” Michael D. Purzycki 4/3/2021
Understanding the Mind of a Rioter The Center - “This tendency to equate nuanced thinking and nonviolence with a lack of political conviction is typical of radicals.” Gerfried Ambrosch 4/1/2021
When They Say Abortion and Capital Punishment Are One and the Same The Center - “One cannot help but wonder if this is little more than a tactic adopted by supporters of abortion to seek to discredit pro-life activists by implying that their entire worldview rests on a contradiction.” Erich J. Prince 3/31/2021
Rialpolitik: The New Iranian Dealmakers The Center - “Policy towards Iran must be suited not to religious ideologues who happen to be flush with petrocash but, rather, to racketeers who happen to be religious ideologues.” Vahaken Mouradian 3/30/2021
The Civic Moment The Center - “Instead, we should follow President Biden and Gorman’s lead and frame our political debate and public discourse within an overarching language of civic virtue.” David Civil 3/30/2021
Joe Biden: the New Face for Much of the Same on Immigration The Left - “Democrats have long gotten away with murder this way, shaking migrant hands in public view while mercilessly oppressing them out of sight.” Daniel Melo 3/27/2021
Is Joe Biden the Future of Liberalism? Let’s Hope So The Center - “Will the Democrats prove captive to cultural grievance, identity politics, anti-racism, and the like? Or will they throw their lot in with Biden-style moderates…” Thomas Koenig 3/24/2021
Flexible Government Is Good Government The Center - “When to allow discretion on the part of public servants is not an easy question to answer.” Michael D. Purzycki 3/21/2021
Europe’s Descent into Wokeness The Center - “In Austria, for example, police have shot a dozen people since 2008; none of them were black.” Gerfried Ambrosch 3/16/2021
Let’s Make the Founders Less Unique The Center - “If our halls of power are rife with mini Aaron Burrs, what does that say about us?” Thomas Koenig 3/15/2021
Is Jordan Peterson Doomed by Liberalism Itself? The Right - “The publication of Peterson’s latest book, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life is an opportunity to reflect on the impact this man has had on the cultural debate…” Henry George 3/14/2021
Robby Soave and What a Libertarian Is to Do The Right - “Soave’s new book, Tech Panic: Why We Shouldn’t Fear Facebook and the Future, will be published on September 28th…” Eddie Ferrara 3/11/2021
It’s Time for the Draft, with a Twist The Right - “‘They say the great equalizer is death, but bootcamp is a close second.'” Mark Hecht 3/10/2021
Who Qualifies for a Second Chance? The Center - “Can their good works ever balance out any of the harm they have caused?” Peter Clarke 3/2/2021
Germany’s Been Down the Road to Serfdom; Now, China Is Doing the Same The Right - “Like 20th century Germany, the PRC’s embrace of socialism, nationalism, and the worst elements of collectivism have resulted in unspeakable horrors.” Aaron Tao and Amy Lutz 3/2/2021
Conservatives Are Getting Lost in “Ideas” The Right - “Shapiro’s most recent book How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps presents the United States’ problems, which he sees as near-fatal if left unaddressed, as rooted in the world of ideas and political philosophy.” Henry George 3/1/2021
When John F. Kennedy Saved the World (Part II) The Center - “Kennedy no doubt considered his relations with Khrushchev in making his decision. He had been groomed by his father to be a ruthless competitor.” Jonathan Church 2/27/2021
A Brief History of Nothing (Part III): From Dada, to Dachau, to Davos The Center - “While seemingly contrary in ‘theory,’ the great totalitarian systems—fascism and communism—would have a great deal in common in practice. Both are manifestations of the human Ego flailing about in a world reduced to Nothing.” Chris Augusta 2/25/2021
James Madison, Greg Weiner, and What to Do about the Filibuster The Center - “Patience ‘is the central constitutional virtue—and it is, by all signs, a lost one.'” Thomas Koenig 2/24/2021
When John F. Kennedy Saved the World The Center - “Kennedy proved his mettle in response to a Soviet breach of the Monroe Doctrine, defusing a crisis that brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster.” Jonathan Church 2/22/2021
When Reading about Abraham Lincoln, in 2021 The Center - “As historian James Oakes writes in his new book, The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution, the Republican Party was once home to a tight union of moral principle and constitutionalism.” Thomas Koenig 2/18/2021