The A.I. Challenge to the Free World The Right - “Stephen Hawking, the renowned British physicist, brilliantly summarized the main problems associated with AI: ‘Whereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all.'” Sukhayl Niyazov 3/22/2020
Interview: Merion West Contributor Matt McManus on “Postmodern Conservatism” The Left - “So, I finished my Ph.D. in 2017, and, at the time, Donald Trump had just been elected President of the United States. Like a lot of people, I was a bit perplexed and disturbed by what happened.” Allen Zheng 3/21/2020
Where Social Justice Activists Persuade Me—and Where They Don’t The Center - “What follows are examples of topics where SJ/DEI activists have persuaded me, where they haven’t, and where they have led me to fresh, if heterodox, insights.” David Ferrero 3/20/2020
The Fraught Relationship Between Religion and Epidemiology The Center - “Recently, renowned essayist Thomas Chatterton Williams has taken some heat for mocking a prayer session headed by Vice President Mike Pence in the White House amid the coronavirus outbreak.” Gabriel Andrade 3/19/2020
Erdoğan and Taking Advantage of Europe’s “Pathological Altruism” The Right - “For them, the feelings of guilt over Europe’s past seemed to require inviting in the world to redeem Europe of its sins. Erdoğan is playing on this fear by referring to the Greeks as Nazis, attempting to destabilize the collective psyche of the European leadership.” Henry George 3/19/2020
Three Lessons from Nine Years of Conflict in Syria The Center - “However much Americans and their leaders may want to turn away from wars and atrocities geographically far away, sooner or later they will be impacted by them, usually in a jarring and harmful way.” Michael D. Purzycki 3/18/2020
The Coronavirus: Exacerbated by Cultural Pathology The Center - “Make no mistake; we are in a war, and wars tend to be easier to win when it is generally acknowledged that they are happening.” Allen Farrington 3/17/2020
The Critics of “Social Justice,” from Jonah Goldberg to Jordan Peterson The Left - “The conservative critiques of social justice are, therefore, wrong on two different fronts.” Néstor de Buen 3/17/2020
Going Deeper Than a Famous Quotation or Two The Center - “By inviting further exploration of a quotation’s origin, we might re-discover great and complicated thinkers, who, it turns out, have far more to offer than a single phrase.” Erich J. Prince 3/16/2020
Hannah Arendt’s Concept of “Impotent Bigness” The Left - “Impotent bigness uses empty violence to lash out against the vulnerable to compensate for its own utter inability to change the world in any meaningful way. “ Matt McManus 3/16/2020