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
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