A Rocking Chair with a Fan? Parallels with Psychotherapy The Center - “This modest and inconspicuous doctor published a 2018 guide for lay people, describing simple methods for helping people with mental health problems, entitled Where There Is No Psychiatrist.” Tomasz Witkowski 6/18/2021
Patriotism: The Supreme Political Virtue The Center - “Here, Smith steps in, and he admirably makes a case to both the Left and the Right that patriotism is a worthy political virtue in need of resuscitation here in the United States.” Thomas Koenig 6/17/2021
In Support of Snobbery The Center - “The work of totalitarianism takes a lot of muscle, but most of it is done by just one: the wooden tongue.” Vahaken Mouradian 6/11/2021
An Open Letter to The Rumpus First-Person - “…I cannot stand by while supposedly smart, thoughtful, and vocal leaders in the literary world choose to misuse (or condone the misuse of) the word ‘genocide.'” Nina Lichtenstein 6/8/2021
Review: Chris Bail’s “Breaking the Social Media Prism” The Center - “To explain why the echo chamber corrective flopped, Bail puts forth an alternative theory of how today’s social media is helping drive polarization and mutual contempt between partisans.” Thomas Koenig 6/4/2021
Sohrab Ahmari and Michael Brendan Dougherty on Reclaiming Faith, Family, and Nation The Right - “In an age of iconoclasm, Ahmari reiterates the indispensable need for the icon of tradition that points beyond itself to the everlasting, and Dougherty captures how the icon of national particularism can also point beyond itself to the universal.” Henry George 6/2/2021
The Greatest of the Forgotten Conservative Thinkers The Right - “A polity of such geopolitical importance would surely be expected to have birthed an intellectual reaction to the French Revolution that was comparable to its formidable military response.” Dan Mikhaylov 6/1/2021
Buy Out the Settlers The Center - “The United States can offer a very innovative solution to a seemingly intractable conflict: Pay Israel to withdraw its settlers.” Michael D. Purzycki 5/22/2021
The Cult of Democracy The Right - “The bigger the election’s participation, the bigger the mandate, and so universal suffrage elections have grown into unwieldy, ugly beasts.” Matthew Wardour 5/21/2021
Beware of False Humanists The Center - “At the same time, I cannot find a single discovery in the history of science that has been made by following the conviction that everybody is different.” Tomasz Witkowski 5/19/2021
The Two-faces of Classical Music: the Bureaucratic Tyranny of Music Schools The Right - “The reasoning has nothing whatsoever to do with functionality; indeed, it has nothing whatsoever to do with viruses or health safety. The reasoning is about symbolizing conformity to bureaucratic rule.” Justin Hall 5/18/2021
Stoicism Offers an Antidote to Cancel Culture The Center - “From a eudaimonic well-being perspective, the act of cancelling those we do not like—more often than not—leaves us worse off, precisely because it robs us of an opportunity to create the best version of ourselves.” Kai Whiting and Jonathan Church 5/14/2021
Review: Stephan Haggard and Robert Kaufman’s “Backsliding” The Right - “With that said, there is considerably more to democratic regression than the simplistic idea of evil, right-wing leaders whose ideas resonate with bad people.” Tony D. Senatore 5/11/2021
A Brit’s Friendly Advice to American Conservatives The Right - “In order to win, the American Right needs to bury dead dogmas, get its head out of abstract Platonic idealism, and look reality in the face.” Henry George 5/11/2021
Time To Get Vaccinated…Against Propaganda The Center - “To these people, lockdown has been a raging success. To everybody else, it has been an unmitigated disaster.” Allen Farrington 5/9/2021
Lessons from Labour’s 2021 Election Defeat The Left - “It is a crushing defeat that signals that Labour’s loss of several of its Northern constituencies under former Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership in the 2019 general election was not a one-off occurrence that could be fixed with a new leader.” Mike Watson 5/8/2021