The Failed Attempt to Rescue Marx’s Labor Theory of Value The Center - “Without the notion of socially necessary labor time, nothing in Marx’s value form or overall theory of exploitation makes sense.” Jonathan Church 1/1/2022
The Power of Facing: A Review of “Christopher Hitchens” by Ben Burgis The Center - “One of the causes of tension with Noam Chomsky, for example, Burgis observes, was Hitchens’ recognition that the forces of anti-imperialism today are dissimilar to ‘Ho Chi Minh or the Sandinistas.'” Vahaken Mouradian 12/31/2021
Who Will Guard the Guardians: Dilemmas of Policing The Left - “Policing needs to be seen as a profession to whose ranks people of every class might plausibly aspire.” Tom Farer 12/30/2021
What Karl Marx Got Wrong About Value The Center - “As a matter of economics, scarcity is the source of all value, even if it is a combination of ‘manufactured’ scarcity via monopoly control and relative scarcity due to the costliness of extraction and the preferences of consumers.” Jonathan Church 12/27/2021
Editor’s Choice: The Best Interviews of 2021 The Center - Here are our editor’s choices for his favorite interviews of this past year. Erich J. Prince 12/21/2021
Editor’s Choice: The Best Articles of 2021 The Center - “As is tradition at Merion West, here are our editor’s choices for his favorite Merion West articles of this past year.” Erich J. Prince 12/15/2021
The Material Roots of Wokeness The Right - “So, the fact that what is now called wokeness is a minority persuasion, believed by a small group of elite left-liberals and pursued through the instruments of the managerial state and corporate oligarchies, should not be surprising.” Henry George 12/12/2021
From Libertarianism to National Conservatism The Right - “National Conservatism, one strand of a broader emergent post-Cold War fusionist conservative movement, has the potential for both capturing youthful energy and enthusiasm while grounding and directing it with prudence and realism.” Henry George 11/24/2021
Keeping Wounds Green The Left - “In the aftermath of the fiasco that was the Fall of Kabul, it was predictable that American commentators would detect a mirroring effect of the Afghan loss on political crises in the United States.” Eric Rauth 11/22/2021
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