Excerpt: “Setting the Bar” The Center - “I pedal away with an all-too-familiar question bouncing around my head: ‘What are we doing to these kids?'” Shane Trotter 11/15/2021
Excerpt: “Screen Captures: Film in the Age of Emergency” The Left - “The End of Suburbia lays out the argument that with oil production peaking somewhere around 2027–28, and from then on heading into a steep decline, the living standards of those in suburbia will decline also.” Stephen Lee Naish 11/12/2021
The Queens on the Throne of Kings The Left - “Presiding over a declining empire is more arduous than presiding over one that is rising.” Vishwas Gaitonde 11/8/2021
“Is Nothing Sacred?” The Center - “And this is exacerbated by a situatedness in a contemporary culture that has removed the sort of guardrails that would tell a would-be troublemaker that to defile something like a grave or a tribute to those lost in a mass casualty terrorist attack is unacceptable…” Erich J. Prince 10/28/2021
Libya, Syria, and the Future of Intervention The Center - “No country, even the most powerful, can save lives in every conflict, but if it judges itself to be able to and its conscience is sufficiently moved by the killing, it should step in.” Michael D. Purzycki 10/22/2021
My Generation Is Afraid to Live The Center - “We are inheritors of incredible cultures, yet we have no appreciation or understanding of them. We have more informational resources than any generation prior, yet we are as ignorant as ever.” Jordan Stout 10/20/2021
What Punk Rock Has Taught Me about the Radical Left The Center - “The question, of course, is why an underground counterculture known for its outspoken, contrarian, and anti-authoritarian attitude would toe the woke party line, disavow empiricism, and do the bidding of elite ideologues rather than admit that the emperor is naked.” Gerfried Ambrosch 10/14/2021
“Heroism” and the “World Soul” at Jena The Center - “The flattering portrait Hegel wrote of Napoleon to his friend has subsequently spiraled into mythic legend. Why did Hegel have this seemingly lofty view of Napoleon?” Paul Krause 10/13/2021
Roberto Calasso: A Man Possessed The Center - “Roberto Calasso passed away this year at the age of 80. There is no one quite like Roberto Calasso; perhaps there is no one remotely like Roberto Calasso.” Chris Augusta 10/12/2021
The Mirage of Media Objectivity The Center - “Writing becomes a contest between mutually incompatible conceptions of public life. We do not simply have varying prescriptions for social ills; the afflictions we observe are fundamentally different.” Vahaken Mouradian 10/11/2021
Review: “The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality” The Left - “Now, given that genetics matters for these things, which, in turn, drive inequality, we should take genetics seriously if we are truly committed to egalitarianism.” Néstor de Buen 10/7/2021
Andrew Sullivan Invites Us All Out Onto the Limb The Center - “That commitment to truth seeking made Sullivan one of the earliest advocates for gay marriage and one of the most potent and consistent critics of ‘wokeness’ today.” Thomas Koenig 10/5/2021
If Anything Is Sacred, the Human Body Is Not It The Center - “The body is certainly something we should appreciate, but it is not the most obvious thing to be considered sacred. A far better candidate would be consciousness.” Peter Clarke 9/26/2021
Review: “The Memeing of Mark Fisher” The Left - “Located within the framework of the Frankfurt School’s critical theory, The Memeing of Mark Fisher boldly riffs on everything from conspiracy theories and memes to economic policy and election campaigns…” Al Binns 9/17/2021
“A Certain Terror”: A White Male Perspective on Being an Ally The Left - “But that raises another thorny question: Given all the excellent books by women and people of color, why am I writing at all? Why am I not simply recommending other people’s work to men and white people?” Robert Jensen 9/16/2021
The Political Import of Jonathan Rauch’s “The Constitution of Knowledge” The Center - “Rauch takes as his subject how we know what we know in public life, and what the greatest contemporary threats to our shared public knowledge are.” Thomas Koenig 9/15/2021