On Cultural Poverty The Left - “Similarly, we should understand the notion of greater cultural wealth in connection with greater cultural equality.” Brian Russell Graham 6/8/2022
Let Them Fight: The Case for Leaving Syria The Center - “If the United States and its NATO allies consider Turkey to be a partner worth keeping—and both the size of its military and its contributions to NATO’s budget suggest that it is—then a situation placing Turkey in conflict with Russia is to their benefit.” Mark Bhaskar 5/30/2022
Review: “Nietzsche, The Aristocratic Rebel” by Domenico Losurdo The Left - “First published in Italy, [Nietzsche, The Aristocratic Rebel] has finally been translated into English by Gregor Benton and released as part of the Historical Materialism Book Series with Haymarket Books.” Matt McManus 5/26/2022
Karl Marx’s Theory of Primitive Accumulation Is Wrong The Center - “It is a win-win situation—not the zero-sum world of Marx’s gloomy dystopia. Institutions that reduce transaction costs and enforce well-defined property rights provide an environment in which incentives to economic initiative can thrive.” Jonathan Church 5/23/2022
Review: “Don’t Burn This Country” by Dave Rubin The Right - “This book undoubtedly represents an evolution in Rubin’s thinking, and contrary to those who accuse him of changing to suit others, changing one’s mind on philosophical beliefs is not automatically a disqualification.” Henry George 5/12/2022
To Win Wars, Cut the U.S. Defense Budget The Center - “It is time to slash the United States defense budget. The money wasted on weapon systems designed to win last century’s wars is staggering, as are the opportunity costs.” Sean McFate 5/9/2022
Woke Culture Isn’t Nihilistic The Left - “If the woke activists who are willing to wake up at 5:00 am to march for racial justice are nihilistic, they sure seem to find nihilism plenty meaningful and inspiring.”  Matt McManus 4/23/2022
The Many Problems with Race Reparations in the United States (Part Two) The Center - “The analyses attempting to quantify reparations, cited above, will likely encounter strong and ongoing resistance, if only based on the price tag alone.” Jonathan Church 4/16/2022
Rediscovering “Third Place” Friendships in a Post-Pandemic World The Center - “By taking part in ordinary activities like visiting a bar or restaurant or a park or library, we are doing something which is important to the health of our neighbors, neighborhoods, and communities.” Bruno V. Manno 4/15/2022
Review: Michael Millerman’s “Beginning with Heidegger: Strauss, Rorty, Derrida, Dugin and the Philosophical Constitution of the Political” The Left - “However, its veneration of far-right thinking (sometimes qualified but always in the most intellectualized vein) undermines its claims to genuine seriousness.” Matt McManus 4/13/2022
Yemen and the Weaponization of Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid The Center - “A country on the brink well before war arrived, Yemen’s humanitarian crisis has been labeled the worst of our generation.” Catherine Perez-Shakdam 4/12/2022
The Many Problems with Race Reparations in the United States The Center - “What accounts for the gap between scholars and activists who advocate reparations and broad public resistance to the idea?” Jonathan Church 4/7/2022
The Pandemic and the Scientific Gnostics  The Right - “As Deneen says, Voegelin ‘argued that modern Gnosticism was an effort to ‘redivinize’ the political world—not now by bringing the gods in to the service of the city, but by making the city into a heaven on earth.'” Henry George 4/1/2022
Blame Putin, Sure, But Also Blame Biden The Center - “The fact—one that should surprise no one—is that the same folks who gave us the grossly mismanaged withdrawal from Afghanistan have also taught a master class on how to bungle our crucial relationship with an already insecure nuclear superpower.” Alexander Zubatov 3/29/2022
A Better Way to Promote Equality of Opportunity Through Education The Center - “Now is no time to double down on a crumbling status quo. Instead of universalizing college and directing young people through a single pathway to opportunity, we should be multiplying pathways to opportunity.” Bruno V. Manno 3/28/2022
​​A Millennial Technologist’s View on Jaron Lanier’s “Who Owns the Future?” The Center - “Lanier draws a straight line from the idealism and optimism that ‘information wants to be free’ to the dystopian problems facing today’s world, including but not limited to a declining middle class, filter bubbles, and dysfunctional politics.” Miles Lubin 3/26/2022