Preview: “A Critical Legal Conception of Liberalism and Liberal Rights” The Left - “My new book, A Critical Legal Examination of Liberalism and Liberal Rights, holds that liberalism is best understood as a political and moral doctrine committed to two fundamental principles.” Matt McManus 12/1/2020
The Center Must Hold The Center - “Having engaged with Schlesinger’s thinking, readers should ask themselves: Here in the 21st century, what are the greatest threats to the liberal democratic project at home and abroad?” Thomas Koenig 12/1/2020
The Monstrosity of Gnosticism The Center - “Milbank is perhaps correct, then, in seeing that Žižek is so heterodox in his reading that he has crossed the Rubicon into something detached from the stream of Christian thought.” Nick Opyrchal 11/30/2020
Review: Carlos Lozada’s “What Were We Thinking” The Center - “Lozada’s book provides a comprehensive, incisive analysis of the intellectual debates that defined the Trump-era. As we plunge forward into a post-Trump presidency politics, it is a must read.” Thomas Koenig 11/20/2020
Letter to an American Agonist Why America - “What the United States shares with Athens is not the pretense of democracy, or any other feature of the content of her tradition but, rather, her citizens’ uncommon commitment to contesting it.” Vahaken Mouradian 11/19/2020
Finding Hope When All Seems Lost The Center - “The alarming juxtaposition is that on the other side of this brick wall were patients dying from malaria and children being born with HIV. However, the sheer joy and optimism of this village was unbreakable and, in every sense, unexplainable.” David Kim 11/18/2020
I Voted for Trump, and I’m Not a Racist The Center - “But I had never voted in a presidential election until this year. So why did I vote in 2020?” Alexander Zubatov 11/18/2020
Review: Ted Cruz’s “One Vote Away” The Center - “One Vote Away serves as a useful primer on some of the great constitutional issues of our day, while also proving that legal judgment and political judgment are separate matters.” Thomas Koenig 11/17/2020
What the Winning Conservative Coalition Looks Like The Right - “Those who work with ideas increasingly vote for the Democrats, while those who work in physical reality with their hands or machinery increasingly vote Republican.” Henry George 11/16/2020
Meritocratic Tyranny: Big, If True The Center - “But Sandel’s critique of meritocracy runs deeper than lamenting the obvious gap between meritocratic ideals and reality; Sandel takes issue with the ideal of meritocracy itself.” Thomas Koenig 11/13/2020
Ibram Kendi’s Thesis Could Use a Lot More Rigor (Part II) The Center - “In short, Kendi’s consequentialist view of racism as rooted in policy (which, however unpredictably and unintentionally, results in racial disparities) does not explain everything.” Jonathan Church 11/12/2020
A Soviet Immigrant Reminds Americans What They’ve Forgotten Why America - “This country confers upon people the basic, fundamental dignity—starkly absent in Soviet Russia and in many other places on Earth—of drawing a more-or-less direct line between our life choices and our lives’ outcomes.” Alexander Zubatov 11/11/2020
Žižek and Milbank: The Monstrosity of Christ? The Left - “However, the purpose of this reading is to stress—contra more conservative interpreters like Milbank—that the disordered post-modern world that we inhabit is not a firm break with Christianity.” Matt McManus 11/10/2020
We’re Divided. But Will We Fall? The Center - “French dedicates his book to James Madison, saying, ‘May we remember that you were right.'” Thomas Koenig 11/9/2020
How Biden Did It The Right - “The Economist’s less-than-ringing endorsement of the former Vice President—resignedly titled, ‘Why it has to be Biden’—typifies the sentiment.” Eddie Ferrara 11/8/2020
Ibram Kendi’s Thesis Could Use a Lot More Rigor The Center - “For Kendi, it is policy first and racism second. Debatable? That is a racist question. Maybe a presentist interpretation of history? Also racist.” Jonathan Church 11/7/2020
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