Review: “A Web of Our Own Making: The Nature of Digital Formation” by Antón Barba-Kay Joshua Pauling Essay - “Barba-Kay’s central claim is that digital technology is categorically different from prior technologies. It is not just a matter of degree but, rather, a matter of kind.” 4/1/2024
The Jewish People Are Both Middle Eastern and European Simon Maass Essay - “Given that the Middle East used to be far more ‘Western’ and even ‘European’ than it is now, there is no cultural disconnect between ‘Western’ and ‘Middle Eastern’ Jews. Jews can be both at once.” 3/30/2024
In Defense of TikTok Joseph D. Terwilliger Essay - “Like most members of Generation X, I had never used TikTok, but when the political push to ban it intensified in 2023, I pulled out an old smartphone and installed TikTok to see what the fuss was all about.” 3/29/2024
Not All Self-Immolations Are Made Equal Alexander von Sternberg Essay - “Aaron Bushnell was not a hero or a martyr akin to the self-immolators of anti-imperial conflicts past; he was likely a mentally ill, terminally online man in his mid-20s who was in a lot of pain that he transposed onto a conflict halfway around the world that in no way personally affected him.” 3/24/2024
Mass Immigration and the American Nation Henry George Essay - “The monthly encounters under President Biden have been like nothing else seen in American history. There are estimates that, in 2023, there were more illegal alien encounters per month than babies born to American mothers.” 3/22/2024
Grappling with Liberalism Seamus Flaherty Essay - “Modern liberalism, equally, cannot go on as it is at the moment, veering toward destruction, becoming ever more decrepit and ineffectual, incapable of meeting the challenges—domestic, geopolitical, planetary—of the 21st century.” 3/21/2024
What an International Environmentalist Movement Misunderstands Simon Maass Essay - “Scientific progress has the potential to be more salutory than legal regulation. To return to Odin’s advice in the Hávamál once more, the power of the human mind is mankind’s most reliable ally.” 3/8/2024
Why I Don’t Rely on Hope Robert Jensen Essay - “People have told me that this approach is a kind of hope in itself, that I have found hope in the way I abandoned hope. At that point, the words we choose do not matter much. What does matter is getting out of bed in the morning and finding work worth doing.” 3/4/2024
What Thucydides Can Teach Us About Today’s Multi-Matrixed World Andy Owen Essay - “The History of the Peloponnesian War teaches that victory in such a war comes at enormous cost to both sides, so much so it can blur the distinction between victor and loser: everyone loses. This is the same lesson the conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza impart.” 3/2/2024
The Politicians Who Almost Never Were Erich J. Prince Essay - “Although these no doubt play a role, even a cursory glance at recent election results (not to mention those of the past) makes clear that variables beyond the control of the candidate are often determinative, as well as that the best man does not necessarily win.” 2/19/2024
Social Justice Segregationism: Is Separate More Equal After All? David Ferrero Essay - “These claims put forward by critical social justice-oriented scholars and educationists all lead to the same conclusion: educational justice for black and OC students begins with schools or classrooms segregated by race and ethnicity.” 2/15/2024
The Sophistry of the New Right Activism Jonathan Church Essay - “Rufo’s ‘New Right Activism’ is not the prescription of one who, following Socrates, seeks to be virtuous, but rather one who, following Faust, sacrifices his soul to achieve victory.” 2/9/2024
On the Redundancy of the Terms “Right” and “Left” Oscar Clarke Essay - “Is there anyone who can give a clear definition of Leftist or Rightist doctrine with which even half of those who consider themselves to be on the Left or the Right would agree? I am inclined to doubt it…” 1/30/2024
To Give Ukrainians Justice, Look to Nuremberg Andy Owen Essay - “While allies should provide Ukraine with the resources needed to push as far toward the Russian border as possible, they should also start to think about post-war justice. Resolving the war will involve more than just agreeing to where lines are drawn on a map.” 1/29/2024
Young Voters Do Not Belong Inevitably to the Left Erich J. Prince Essay - “However, outside of the contemporary United States and United Kingdom, a look at the composition of certain right-of-center political movements casts doubt on the reflexive association many hold between young people and voting for the Left.” 1/20/2024
“Neoliberalism” Is a Delusion of Marxists Jonathan Church Essay - “I have written previously that much of this ‘neoliberal’ nightmare is a myth, not because the world is without problems, but because the problems of the world are much too multifaceted, internally complex, and situationally unique for each problem to regarded as just another mutation of an invincible neoliberal virus replicating across the globe.” 1/15/2024