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
Rep.-elect Carolyn Bourdeaux: Why She Ran, and Hope for the Future The Left - “One of the big issues was health care reform; my own parents struggled with the cost of prescription medications, using up all of their discretionary income to pay for my father’s insulin and other medications.” Henri Mattila 12/18/2020
Mayor Justin Elicker: Lessons from New Haven, CT The Left - “It’s clear that so many cities are going through a lot of the same challenges that New Haven is facing right now.” Asher Ellis 12/8/2020
Grant McCracken: Why We Need to Bring Back Honor The Center - “I studied Elizabethan England as a graduate student. It was a society governed by ideas of honor, and I thought, ‘Wow. Maybe some of those ideas could be returned to usefulness.'” Olivia Malloy 12/4/2020
Does Understanding the American Project Begin with William Penn? The Right - “He was the first to negotiate with Native Americans as a Christian, keeping the Christian-Quaker pacifist traditions in his negotiations. He actually regarded the Native Americans as equals…” Olivia Malloy 11/27/2020
Congressman-elect Burgess Owens on Issues to Tackle in Office The Right - “Al Davis used to say, ‘Just win, baby.’ And I tell you that’s what Americans do best. Once we wake up, once we’re engaged, once we know that our culture is at risk, we come together and start communicating. Across-party lines, Democrats and Republicans start to talk, and we rise.” Henri Mattila 11/25/2020
Is the American Economy Significantly Different than Europeans Think? The Center - “Do you realize how strange it is that professionals can move around Europe more freely than they can in the U.S.? And that overall, Alabama has more autonomy over its regulations than France does?”  Mark Hecht 11/24/2020
Rep. Denver Riggleman: Reflecting on His Two Years in D.C. The Center - “And I’ll have to say this: This was the worst job I ever had, but it was one of the best things I’ve ever done.” Erich J. Prince 10/30/2020
Interview: Running for Congress as a Communist The Left - “I offer an alternative to liberal-style capitalism or conservative-style capitalism. Both are neoliberal at the end of the day.” Teddy Duncan Jr. 10/20/2020
Ethnic Diversity and Social Trust: a Discussion with Merlin Schaeffer The Center - “Policies that try to tackle diversity problems make it always salient in people’s minds. And that can backfire, even if well-meant.” Mark Hecht 10/17/2020