I Didn’t Vote for Trump But Strongly Oppose His Impeachment The Right - “However, now—after seeing how he has been treated by Democrats since he was elected—he will have my vote in 2020.” Kevin Turner 1/25/2020
Enough Empathy: The Case for Punching Down The Center - “…because heedless empathy for the worst among us is currently leading us on the downward-sloping path to mediocrity and beyond.” Alexander Zubatov 1/14/2020
Editor’s Choice: The Best Interviews of 2019 The Center - As is tradition at Merion West, here are the editor’s choices for our favorite Merion West interviews of 2019. Erich J. Prince 12/31/2019
Editor’s Choice: The Best Articles of 2019 The Center - As is tradition at Merion West, here are the editor’s choices for our favorite Merion West articles of 2019. Erich J. Prince 12/30/2019
As the Year Closes: Appreciating One’s Political Opponents The Left - “In this spirit I would like to thank all the many individuals who have written or commented on my writing the last year, especially those who have offered sincere and interesting criticisms that have helped me develop my understanding of the world.” Matt McManus 12/12/2019
Why Everyone Is Talking about Josh Hawley The Right - “Hawley talks again and again about the importance of community and criticizes those on both sides of the political aisle who pay fealty to an individualism that puts the self-creating individual at the summit of what constitutes the good.“ Henry George 12/2/2019
Somewhere Between the Marquis de Sade and the Twist The Center - “…nor could [Houellebecq] have emerged from the hundreds of wallet-siphoning creative writing MFA programs, whose grasp on the American literary world has sanitized literature to an unreadable degree.” Clint Margrave 10/27/2019
Jordan Peterson, Nietzsche, and Avoiding Living for Happiness Alone The Center - “The resistance displayed towards these important thinkers is most regrettable, and for all the Complacent Men quick to criticize them, doing so makes you no closer to achieving your ever so desired—and elusive—’happiness.'” Alessandro van den Berg 10/3/2019
Having Lived in the Marshall Islands, I Understand Greta’s Concerns The Center - “In 2016, fleeing Venezuela’s socialism, I took a teaching job in Majuro, the capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.” Gabriel Andrade 9/30/2019
Where Tolstoy Departs from Dostoevsky The Left - “Tolstoy was not naïve in thinking that social and political reform would end all forms of evil in human life. Like Dostoevsky, he was very well aware that much wickedness flowed from the pride and vanity of men like Napoleon or the Russian tsars.” Matt McManus 8/12/2019
Sen. David Perdue: Making Washington More Results-Oriented The Right - “We need to go back to what the Founding Fathers and Mothers had in mind: a citizen-legislator—somebody that comes here, tries to get results, and then goes home and lets the next person try.” Erich J. Prince 7/16/2019
Dostoevsky’s Extremely Thoughtful Critique of the Left The Left - “People do not truly want an end to suffering in all cases…They need challenges in order to feel the thrill of victory, guilt over their actions to have a chance at redemption, and the possibility of rejection and hatred to feel any deep form of love.” Matt McManus 7/15/2019
One-on-One with Howard Dean The Left - “So I’m going to answer your question, but I want to preface it by saying most people do not vote on policies. They think they do, but they don’t. Even smart, educated people who think they do even more so don’t.” Erich J. Prince 6/11/2019
We Will All Be Banned The Center - “TechCrunch uses the word ‘hate’ so many times—and so without any obvious meaning, that it strikes me as likely a form of attempted Pavlovian conditioning.” Allen Farrington 6/10/2019
When We Make Political Pawns of Children The Center - “Every January, toddlers hold signs with messages that they cannot possibly understand. But children also hold signs they might passively understand, and teenagers hold signs they probably understand, if only imperfectly.” Samuel Forster 6/3/2019
On Trump Hatred: A Plea from the Heart(land) The Center - “Many features of this region have stood out—but few more prominently than the generosity of its people. They are devoted to their churches; they volunteer their time; they give to charity; they start charities; they adopt children.” David Eisenberg 5/13/2019
The Enduring Relevance of Philip K. Dick The Left - “We turned to technology as a substitute for our inability to deal with the persistent riddles of existence and the lack of meaning in our life in a post-God era.” Matt McManus 5/10/2019
Interview with Former Rep. Tom Davis: Can Earmarks Fix Congress? The Right - “In my district, I wasn’t just Tom Davis—I was ‘Mr. Woodrow Wilson Bridge.’ I was the guy who closed Morton and got 3,000 acres donated to the county. Those were the kinds of tangible efforts where people may not like my party, but they saw some redeeming qualities in me to keep me around.” Erich J. Prince 4/26/2019
Slavoj Žižek, Jordan Peterson, and Atheists Who Believe in God The Center - “Peterson’s importance is his powerful and influential insistence that religion is not arbitrary or malevolent—that in every developed form we encounter it, religious stories are archetypal of the human condition in a way nothing else can or ever will be.” Allen Farrington 4/25/2019
Lincoln Chafee Joins Erich Prince: Lessons from Running for President The Left - “In my opening statement I said, ‘In thirty years of public service, I never had a scandal.’ The murmur of boos in the audience—I guess they saw that as a dig at the other candidates.” Erich J. Prince 4/23/2019
The Cinnabon Made Me Do It: Surprising Influences on Moral Behavior The Center - “These factors seem to have a demonstrable impact on our behavior, and yet are morally irrelevant in the sense that they should not matter to what a morally virtuous person would do. What should we make of results like these?” Christian Miller 4/22/2019
What Notre Dame Says about Civilization The Right - “The destruction of Notre Dame has shaken our complacent belief in the permanence of things and the ability for our culture to last without care and cultivation. It reveals and reminds us that life is a fragile thing, and even the strongest bastions dedicated to the eternal can still be brought down.” Henry George 4/17/2019
Interview: Vice President Mondale Comments on Today’s Democratic Party The Left - “I told one of the other senators, ‘You’re a very pleasant, sweet person. But deep down, the public wants a son-of-a-gun. You’ve got to get stuff done.'” Erich J. Prince 4/11/2019
Editor’s Choice: The Best Political Speeches of the Past 55 Years The Center - A few recent political speeches worthy of the history books. Erich J. Prince 3/7/2019
Interview: Jonathan Haidt on What Underlies Polarization in America The Center - “In a sense, the Founding Fathers feared democracy because of the tendency of people to be carried away by their passion and easily led astray by demagogues, and I think that our modern polarization, augmented by social media, could well bring their worst fears to reality.” Erich J. Prince 1/30/2019
Editor’s Choice: The Best Articles of 2018 The Center - A look back at our editor’s choices for our favorite Merion West articles of 2018. Erich J. Prince 12/31/2018
Editor’s Choice: The Best Interviews of 2018 The Center - A look back at our editor’s choices for our favorite Merion West interviews of 2018. Erich J. Prince 12/28/2018
Analysis: Why Is Iowa a Purple State? The Right - What factors make Iowa in play for both Republicans and Democrats? Matthew Pinna 12/1/2018
Interview with Nassir Ghaemi: Can Mental Illness Make More Effective Politicians? The Center - “One of the basic concepts I had was that if there are some benefits to having some depression manic symptoms; the corollary is that there are some limitations to being normal and mentally healthy.” Erich J. Prince 11/17/2018
Interview: How Dollars and Cents Propel Sensational Media Coverage The Center - “I suggest that the ebbing of polarization has already been occurring. We’re just not aware of it because of what’s presented to us in the media. If you look at the polling numbers, Democrats and Republicans are minorities; the plurality of Americans identify as independents.” Erich J. Prince 9/10/2018
Jordan Peterson and Living with My Disability The Right - This article is more personal. I have some experience with Peterson’s description of suffering, and I believe that what he says is right. Henry George 9/2/2018
Life After Hate: A Conversation with a Former Skinhead The Center - “You can’t be a Neo-Nazi and be happy in life. It’s 100% impossible to be those two things at the same time.” Nigel Thompson 8/17/2018
The Man Who Chronicled the Abuses at Holmesburg Prison The Left - “So unless you are Seymour Hersh, who has The New York Times backing him, or some young activists or aspiring journalist who’s willing to work an issue, [thorny issues such as these medical experiments] can fall through the floorboards.” Erich J. Prince 8/11/2018
The Biggest Problem When It Comes to Polarization The Center - “As Mayor Koch used to say: ‘If you agree with me on 9 out of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, see a psychiatrist.'” Erich J. Prince 7/27/2018
What Feminism Means Today: Speaking with Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers The Center - “[Feminism today sometimes] sees the world as a zero-sum struggle between Venus and Mars. But most women want equality, not war. Men aren’t their adversaries. They are their brothers, sons, husbands, and friends. We are in this together.” Erich J. Prince 7/26/2018