The Places Where Patrick Deneen and the Left Can Agree The Left - “I agree with Deneen—and I suspect many others on the Left do too—that the local community is the optimal setting to pursue the good.” Néstor de Buen 8/4/2020
Why Cancel Culture Won’t Last The Center - “This is the thing about moral panics—while threatening, they can be illuminating.” Matt Johnson 8/3/2020
Blackface: When Nuance Meets Taboo The Center - “One of the first lessons my students of undergraduate literary studies learn about text analysis is to distinguish between internal and external communication.” Gerfried Ambrosch 7/31/2020
How Ben Shapiro Might Consider Locke More Carefully The Left - “Locke’s theoretical arguments prefigured another thinker who had a lot to say about labor and property: Karl Marx.” Matt McManus 7/30/2020
Pharmakon II: Sold to the Corporate Libertarian The Left - “Indeed, economist Thomas Piketty observes that the United States presents for the first time in history a society headed towards extreme inequality, driven not by hyper-patrimony (inherited wealth) but hyper-meritocracy…” Duluxan Sritharan 7/29/2020
How We Can Finally Put the Reparations Question Behind Us The Center - “With that in mind, what I want to do below is to advance a proposal that, I think, lets everyone concerned out of this conundrum gracefully.” Alexander Zubatov 7/27/2020
Innocence, Guilt, and Living with a Disability The Center - “This puts me in a strange position as someone who can be unequivocally categorized as a victim and yet who has always had a difficult time seeing myself as one.” Samuel Kronen 7/26/2020
To Be a Caring Conservative The Right - “All the while, the existing social safety net—combined with various anti-poverty programs—in the United States already provides for our nation’s poor by offering them an adequate standard of living.” Richard W. Burcik 7/23/2020
A Tribute to Michael Brooks The Left - “It is truly hard to believe that he is gone and that this burgeoning collaboration and friendship will never get the chance to grow.” Matt McManus 7/21/2020
Review: Ronald Beiner’s “Dangerous Minds: Nietzsche, Heidegger, and the Return of the Far Right” The Left - “During the past few years before, I had struggled with—and then firmly said goodbye to—the Catholicism of my upbringing, and I was searching for a new philosophy of meaning that did not seem to depend on so many leaps of faith.” Matt McManus 7/21/2020
Leave Lincoln’s Statues Alone but Engage with His Legacy More Critically The Center - “Indeed, Michael Scharf reports that ‘Milošević saw himself as a modern-day Abe Lincoln, employing force in a valiant effort to hold his crumbling Yugoslavia together.’”  Gabriel Andrade 7/20/2020
How Sam Harris Changed My Opinion of Jordan Peterson The Center - “This is why Peterson genuinely believes in Dostoevsky’s eminent saying in The Brothers Karamazov: ‘Without God all things are permitted.'” Alessandro van den Berg 7/20/2020
What “The Merchant of Venice” Has to Say about Justice The Center - “Just as it was in Shakespeare’s time, the questions of justice, mercy, and society remain as relevant as ever before, and we have much to learn from the great bard of Anglodom.” Paul Krause 7/19/2020
Jorge Luis Borges and the Philosophy of Memory The Center - “For this reason, Borges’ short story reveals that the human mind is intelligent precisely because it does not recollect too much.” Simone Redaelli 7/17/2020
The Land of Lost Content The Center - “As we move forward in the present struggle, where the question of race and religion becomes an endemic part of our theaters of division, we must strive to reject the retributive impulse and embrace what Martha Nussbaum keenly called the ‘rational faith.’” Anton Sorkin 7/14/2020
A Reply to Elizabeth Powers: “Woke” Activists and Deconstruction The Left - “The respective propriety of each strand of said activism must be engaged with on a case-by-case basis, rather than be lumped together with all other causes before being explained away with references to academic trends.” Matt McManus 7/14/2020
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