Will Marshall: Where Are the Moderates? The Center - “I don’t see a full, vigorous pivot by this President (and this White House) back toward the themes and approaches that Joe Biden articulated in his 2020 presidential race.” Erich J. Prince 7/6/2022
Young Americans for Liberty: An Interview with CEO Lauren Daugherty The Right - “Ron Paul is so beloved because he is so principled. That is what we are focused on here. We will work with other people who share our interests, but we’re not going to sacrifice our principles to do it.” Henri Mattila 6/24/2022
Harris Poll’s Will Johnson: Why Polling Still Matters The Center - “At the end of the day, it’s a pretty simple business that we’re in: We want to understand culture, we want to understand consumers’ thinking, and we’re just trying to answer why’s.” Erich J. Prince 5/3/2022
Stephen Hicks: Lessons from the Canadian Trucker Protest The Center - “Every generation, we need to learn and relearn how thin the line can be between having a basically liberal society and a basically authoritarian society.” Erich J. Prince 2/28/2022
Dwight Evans: The VICTIM Act and Combating Crime The Left - “No one is exempt from being a victim of some sort of crime. And it’s very appropriate that I use that title [of victim] in terms of the VICTIM Act.” Erich J. Prince 2/23/2022
Pat McCrory: How to Get a Handle on the Crime Surge The Right - “My wife and I used to go vacation in San Francisco. We don’t anymore…This is what’s headed toward the rest of the nation.” Erich J. Prince 1/24/2022
James Lindsay: “Counter Wokecraft” and Responses to Institutional Takeover The Center - “You have to have a steel spine in your liberalism. ‘What kind of government did you create, sir?’ ‘We created a republic, if [you] can keep it.’ The ‘if you can keep it’ part requires a steel spine.” Erich J. Prince 1/19/2022
Finland, Russia, and the NATO Question: An Interview with Risto Penttilä The Center - ” I think that we are, as always, pragmatic idealists.” Henri Mattila 1/16/2022
Peter Boghossian: On the Purpose of Education The Center - “It’s not that there’s anything wrong with debate. In fact, debate, in certain circumstances, can be good, but we can often solve the problems…through conversation.” Vahaken Mouradian 1/13/2022
Magatte Wade: The Power of Free Markets for Africa The Center - “Eventually, I had an emotional crisis because I could no longer reconcile the life of abundance that the U.S. afforded me. I made a pact with myself that from here on, I’m really going to try to see what needs to happen for [Africa] to thrive.” Andrew Scott 1/9/2022
Frank Vogl: Understanding the Kleptocrats and Their Enablers The Center - “Too often, people think of corruption as something that happens somewhere else: in Russia, in authoritarian regimes.” Andrew Scott 12/29/2021
Video: Merion West Co-Founders Speak at Alma Mater The Center - Henri Mattila and Erich Prince tell the story of Merion West. Henri Mattila & Erich J. Prince 12/13/2021
Sean Spicer: The Steele Dossier and “Radical Nation” The Right - “I got the call on January 10th [2017] from CNN and then BuzzFeed about them running with this hoax. I pointed out at the time that it was wrong. I could demonstrably prove it was wrong. And yet, they stuck by it…” Erich J. Prince 11/26/2021
Anne Kim: The AP Exam and the Standardized Testing Debate The Left - “I think the downside of going test-optional, the downside of ignoring what assessments tell you, means that you might end up ignoring the underlying structural problems and never fixing the inequities.” Erich J. Prince 11/5/2021
Fixing California’s Housing Crisis: An Interview with Nolan Gray The Center - “To understand how land use regulation can help save California from the dystopian future it is currently facing, I spoke with Nolan Gray, an urban planner and outspoken land use policy wonk.” Peter Clarke 8/26/2021
Kay Hymowitz: The Devaluation of Higher Education The Center - “This brings in the status issue again, doesn’t it? Because there are so many careers that people just wouldn’t consider because how would they tell their friends?” Erich J. Prince 7/28/2021
Edward J. Watts: Dissecting the Rhetoric of Decline The Center - “But one of the dangers is it’s very easy when there is change that makes someone uncomfortable to immediately say that this is a society that’s in decline and to blame somebody for causing it.” Johanna Leo 7/22/2021
Kai Whiting: Clearing up Misconceptions about Stoicism The Center - “The other fans that have a dangerously inaccurate idea about what it means to be Stoic are the ‘Broics.'” Johanna Leo 7/12/2021
Gov. Brian Kemp: How to Stand up to Corporate Pressure The Right - “We lost the All-Star Game, but I think we won the battle because that fight has moved to other states now because we are on the right side of this issue, and we push back so hard.” Erich J. Prince 6/9/2021
Mary Harrington: Family Formation in the 2020s The Right - “The long-term problem there is that if your feminism becomes associated with anti-natalism, sooner or later it’s going to trigger a backlash, and that backlash is not going to look very nice for women.” Erich J. Prince 5/28/2021
Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Immigration, Islam, and Christopher Hitchens The Center - “What I have found in the book is strong enough to suggest that there is a correlation between mass migration from Muslim-majority countries and the increase in sexual violence.” Vahaken Mouradian 5/16/2021
Antje Ellermann: What Drives a Country’s Openness to Immigration The Center - “Interest group pressure typically opens up immigration.” Mark Hecht 4/29/2021
Elena Thérèse-Rose: Making Catholicism Shareable (Especially on the Web) The Right - “Secondly, I’d say good advice is to gain familiarity with the saints and to perhaps gain some friends among the saints because often they are the best examples.” Erich J. Prince 4/11/2021
Nicholas Kristof Discusses “Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope” The Left - “One of the reasons our anti-poverty efforts in America don’t do better is we start too late. We need to help kids early on.” Thomas Koenig 2/28/2021
Robert Orlando: Bending Genre in Filmmaking The Center - “If you look through the films, it’s a propaganda machine, where identity politics is always featured. There’s no space there for just a common universal story, which is the appeal to human frailty or common ground.” Kathryn Kuhlman 2/26/2021
David French Talks “Divided We Fall” The Right - “Well, the first paragraph basically says it all. It begins with ‘The continued unity of the United States of America cannot be guaranteed.'” Thomas Koenig 2/17/2021
Wes Jackson: How to Respect One’s Tools The Left - “I’m Robert Jensen. I’ll be your guide into the restless and relentless mind of Wes Jackson. I first bumped into Wes’ work more than three decades ago, and his ideas have had a profound influence on my thinking about society and ecology.” Robert Jensen 2/15/2021
Jonathan Church: Getting to the Bottom of the Robin DiAngelo Craze The Center - “I go through a whole analysis of that and why—statistically speaking—you’re basically making a very broad statement about white people in general based on one observation in one Jeopardy! episode.” Erich J. Prince 2/1/2021
Ray Haynes: Why Republicans Should Support the Popular Vote The Right - “In the battleground states, since 2000, Republicans have won the popular vote four out of six times. In fact, Donald Trump—in 2020—won the battleground states by over 2.1 million votes.” Henri Mattila 1/19/2021
Kevin Williamson: How to Improve the Lot of Those Left Behind The Right - “And he wrote this very famous novel called Infinite Jest, which he described as a very sad book about the pursuit of happiness. And so, I think in some ways, I’ve written a very sad book about the pursuit of happiness as well.” Thomas Koenig 1/9/2021
Alfie Bown: Where Politics and Gaming Meet The Left - “I think there’s great potential in video games. In some ways, they are the primary space in which the culture wars are now being fought.” Al Binns 1/8/2021
Thomas Ricks: Politics, as Seen from Aristotle to Trump The Left - “And so I remembered from college: When you’re facing a problem that seems deeply puzzling, go back to fundamentals, go to first principles. So I took Aristotle’s Politics off my shelf, my old college copy, and reread it in the context of the election of Donald Trump.” Thomas Koenig 1/7/2021
H. R. McMaster: How He Sees China, and the World The Center - “And so I think we have to resist the tendency to try to define a new administration’s foreign policy mainly as an opposition to the administration that came before it.” Thomas Koenig 12/30/2020
David Gurfein: Advocating on Behalf of Accused American Service Members The Right - “The UCMJ has some key aspects to it which do not afford military personnel the same degree of presumption of innocence that you’d see in a civilian court.” Asher Ellis 12/30/2020
Bill Vitek: In Pursuit of Better Agriculture (and a Better Society) The Left - “The way we farm and the way we think are connected—that’s our premise.” Olivia Malloy 12/20/2020