What Ben Shapiro Gets Right The Right - “Shapiro’s book is a well-written and, at times, moving defense of Western Civilization.” Henry George 5/20/2019
Who Was Joseph de Maistre (And Why He Matters) Part II The Left - “Maistre is a fascinating thinker not so much due to the quality of his arguments themselves but instead what they represent and anticipate.” Matt McManus 5/19/2019
Jordan Peterson and Equality The Left - An investigation of how Jordan Peterson engages with the idea of “equality.” Néstor de Buen 5/17/2019
On Nihilism and the Power of Nothing The Center - “While the mass man is the product of his history, the mass man recognizes no necessary connection or debt to his past. He is ‘the spoiled child of human history’ with a, ‘radical ingratitude to all that has made possible the ease of his existence.'” Chris Augusta 5/16/2019
Who Was Joseph de Maistre? (And Why He Matters) The Left - “Notice how Maistre does not consider the actions of the people valid because they committed a crime against the nation by undermining its sovereign.” Matt McManus 5/15/2019
Steven Strogatz’s “Infinite Powers”: Science Is a Story of People The Center - “Because we tend only to see the final product of an intellectual endeavor, it is easy to forget that even titans such as Archimedes cannot know the final answer before they get their hands dirty with the problem at hand.” Logan Chipkin 5/14/2019
On Trump Hatred: A Plea from the Heart(land) The Center - “Many features of this region have stood out—but few more prominently than the generosity of its people. They are devoted to their churches; they volunteer their time; they give to charity; they start charities; they adopt children.” David Eisenberg 5/13/2019
The Enduring Relevance of Philip K. Dick The Left - “We turned to technology as a substitute for our inability to deal with the persistent riddles of existence and the lack of meaning in our life in a post-God era.” Matt McManus 5/10/2019
“Democracy” and the Language of the Founders The Left - “A republic that moves too close to an oligarchy would require democratization.” Néstor de Buen 5/9/2019
Conservatives Can’t Hide Behind the Trope of “Common Sense” The Left - “Simply invoking ‘realism’ or ‘common sense’ doesn’t add up to anything resembling an argument.” Ben Burgis and Matt McManus 5/7/2019
Book Preview: Making Human Dignity Central to International Human Rights Law The Left - “Analyzing the relationship is important because, as we all know, oftentimes law is not a medium for justice. Rather it is one that operates to repress, marginalize, and even tyrannize under the right circumstances.” Matt McManus 5/4/2019
Roger Waters Has a Point: Foreign Aid Is Flawed The Left - “In the end, whether it is rich businesspeople donating their money for the reconstruction of a national monument or ‘average Joe’s’ trying to help others in need, foreign aid is, and always will be, flawed.” Veronica Lira Ortiz 5/3/2019
Beyond Ideology The Center - “How alien this experience of total control is to our everyday existence in the chaotic, inexplicable universe. For just this reason, we fashion ideologies to live out our fantasies of control.” Brandon Tucker 4/30/2019
Slavoj Žižek’s Concept of Rupture—and Post-Truth The Left - “In the matter of politics, our society has become a consumer of emotions, constructed values, and ambiguous promises.” Luz Paola García 4/29/2019
Understanding Hitler’s Worldview (Part II) The Right - “The risk in our increasingly polarized and tribally divided times is that these societies —ours among them—are thrashing around in a sea of hopeless liquid modernity and risk coming apart in a storm of violence.” Henry George 4/28/2019
Has Ben Shapiro Outgrown Being a Polemicist? The Left - “But there are times in every polemicist’s career when he must take a genuine stab at intellectual respectability, put away sloganeering and manic hyperbole and see not through the dark lens of partisanship, but grasp the complex world as it truly is.” Matt McManus 4/27/2019
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