Desperately Seeking Consistency The Center - “And, as Michael Lind pointed out in Tablet, Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill was not the only Capitol Hill taken over by extremists thanks to a lax police presence—witness ultra-progressive Seattle.” Michael D. Purzycki 1/15/2021
Transgender Rites: How Trans Activism Manipulates Public Opinion The Center - “The notion that gender identity is a matter of self-identification, separate from biological sex, not only flies in the face of science but also leads to circular reasoning.” Gerfried Ambrosch 1/15/2021
Our First Year without Roger Scruton The Left - “At his best, Scruton was a panoramic thinker of formidable intellect who puts to shame many of the lesser polemicists who have followed in his giant footsteps.” Matt McManus 1/14/2021
What Ails Us? The Center - “The loss of faith in America, its promises, and its constitutional and democratic ideals augurs not only American decline, but American collapse.” Thomas Koenig 1/12/2021
Ludwig Wittgenstein: a Post-Modern Philosopher? The Left - “Struck by this realization, Wittgenstein insisted that the best thing now was simply to stop doing philosophy and to try and find in life what could not be said with certainty.” Matt McManus 1/10/2021
The Historic Unifying Potential of the U.S. Constitution The Center - “Professor McConnell’s extensive study of the substance and scope of presidential power under the Constitution has convinced me that the unifying capacity of the Constitution could perhaps be revived.” Thomas Koenig 1/6/2021
Book Announcement: “The Emergence of Post-Modernity” The Left - “This is one of the reasons for the remarkable loneliness and alienation from others many have detected in the post-modern landscape.” Matt McManus 1/5/2021
From Pornography to Agriculture: Challenging Hierarchy The Left - “At the core of this analysis is a claim that, at first glance, may seem to be a stretch: The erosion of human dignity in our broken world starts with the erosion of the planet’s soils.” Robert Jensen 1/4/2021
Yoram Hazony’s “NatConTalk”: Enlarging the Conservative Conversation The Right - “NatConTalk is a recent entrant into the conservative conversation, or what remains of such under the hegemony of social media, our contemporary digital coliseum.” Henry George 1/3/2021
Fitter and Happier? Work after the Coronavirus The Left - “Of all changes that have already been made to mitigate the threat of the deadly virus, the way we work has arguably undergone the biggest transformation.” Al Binns 1/1/2021
Editor’s Choice: the Best Interviews of 2020 The Center - As has become something of a tradition each year at Merion West, here are our editor’s choices for his favorite interviews of this past year. Erich J. Prince 12/31/2020
Walter Lippmann and the Dilemma of Democracy The Center - “In his 1922 book, Public Opinion, Lippmann notes that in a representative democracy, members of the public are expected to form opinions regarding public affairs with which they have no direct contact.” Thomas Koenig 12/29/2020
Editor’s Choice: the Best Articles of 2020 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 12/26/2020
An Experiment in (Lefty) Roleplaying? The Left - “Sadly, for past the 40 years, this yearning for an impossible yet fantastical other is one that has become increasingly shared by those on the Left.” Al Binns 12/21/2020
An Enchanted Christmas with John Wesley The Center - “Wesley’s hymns remind us of all that is good in the world and all that is true about the human condition.” Paul Krause 12/20/2020
Kristof and WuDunn’s “Tightrope”: an Essential Book The Center - “Whether one agrees with none, some, or all of their policy prescriptions, Tightrope approaches the status of a must-read.“ Thomas Koenig 12/19/2020