Is Gen Z Really So Different? The Center - “Coming of age in the 1990s, the state of the world seemed every bit as dire to me as it does to many ‘Zoomers.'” Gerfried Ambrosch 3/19/2021
Local Decision-Makers and Keeping Kids Active During the Pandemic The Center - “Yet, paradoxically, it appears as a nation that our collective response to the pandemic has exacerbated the pre-existing epidemic of physical inactivity amid efforts to protect people’s health.” Stefanie Meyer and Collin Webster 3/17/2021
Confessions of a High School English Teacher The Center - “Because of the comments I had heard from people in the department and from our department head, I was scared my contract would be not be renewed if I revealed my political preferences.” Lee Douglass 3/13/2021
The Capitol and Democracy Both Qualify as “Sacred” The Right - “The immediate danger of the Capitol attack has ended. However, the work of repairing the tear in the fabric of our nation has only just begun, a task we neglect at our peril.” Matt Hoberg 2/26/2021
Taking an Oath upon the Constitution, Rather than the Bible The Left - “While laws do not and absolutely should not regulate a politician’s religious practices, the time and place for these practices is not when taking an oath of office.” Andrew Joseph Pegoda 2/19/2021
How to Harness Tribalism to Unify Americans The Center - “To the contrary, we can take advantage of certain aspects of our tribal nature to ease tensions between groups and, critically, to pursue common goals that are important for human flourishing.” Clay Routledge and Ben Wilterdink 2/12/2021
The Foe We Need Is the Foe We Have The Center - “At a time when we are losing a grip on the fundamentals of the American Experiment, a powerful foe has arisen that stands in direct opposition to those fundamentals.” Thomas Koenig 2/6/2021
The Term Limit Catastrophe: Ted Cruz’s Massive “Brain Drain” The Right - “In the nation’s capital, power will always remain; the only question is who has it.” Autry Pruitt 2/5/2021
When Discussing Loan Forgiveness, There’s More Than Just Student Debt The Left - “Relief that starts and stops with student loans is merely distracting from larger issues.” Andrew Joseph Pegoda 2/2/2021
Why I Don’t Celebrate Black History Month The Right - “When we, as a nation, celebrate these heritage months, all that takes place is pandering and more of an unfortunate tendency: dividing people—in the 21st century, no less—by race.” Solomon Green 2/1/2021
Social Media and the Fraught Question of Regulation The Left - “But, with that said, many of the problems that are blamed on social media run much deeper and require broader societal solutions than just legal controls on social media.” Adam J. Nott Borges 1/28/2021
Contra Bridget Phetasy, We Should Not Abandon Partisan Politics The Center - “Given the fact that humans are competitive by nature, how could politics not become some version of a team sport? It is true that hyper-partisanship is not great, but the game is what it is.” Peter Clarke 1/27/2021
In Response to a Worthy Critic The Center - “I will close here by thanking Senatore for his thoughtful critique of my review. I hope that this response convinces him that my ‘sweeping statements and feel-good-isms’ are not wholly without merit!” Thomas Koenig 1/22/2021
Letter to the Editor: a Much-Needed Reality Check The Right - “Writers like Koenig would be wise to recognize that when it comes to the intense, tribalistic, and bad-faith rhetoric (and actions) that have contributed to American decline, there are at least two sides to the story.” Tony D. Senatore 1/20/2021
Mr. President, Please Consider Following John Adams’s Example The Center - “So, if President Trump sticks to his plans not to attend the inauguration of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, he has a remaining option that still very much respects the peaceful transfer of government set into place by our nation’s Founders.” Zachary Rose 1/13/2021
The Woke Mob vs. the Trump Mob: the Real Double Standard The Center - “There is a real double standard at work. It is a glaring one, not the one President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris claim exists but, rather, the one they want to gaslight us into accepting.” Alexander Zubatov 1/13/2021
The Trump Putsch The Center - “While I am happy to endorse some of President Trump’s policies, I am not willing to endorse his self-serving legal maneuvering simply for the sake of these policies I support.” Jonathan Church 1/6/2021
A Janus-faced America The Center - “Yet, despite the extremes we have confronted this year, there might be a way of turning away from this ‘great divide.'” John Tuttle 12/27/2020
America Was Founded in “Brotherly Love”—Not Slavery The Right - “All of these Lenape ideas are documented in Penn and Tamanend’s treaties and would later find their way into the Constitution of the United States.” Jim Proser 12/6/2020
In Reply to Tim Wise: America’s Past on Race Should Not Be Oversimplified The Right - “The toxic consequences of drawing a crude line between America’s past and the state of our modern institutions cannot be understated.” J. Edward Britton 11/28/2020
Jordan Peterson Biographer on Why People Hate Him So Much The Right - “One can readily see why someone who has committed any part of his life to fighting ‘white privilege’ today would resent Peterson personally.” Jim Proser 11/25/2020
What Is a Cult, Anyway? The Center - “The word ‘cult’ is tossed around quite frequently in media, but few can offer a precise definition.” Gabriel Andrade 11/23/2020
How Democrats Can Win Back Cuban and Venezuelan Voters The Left - “For those accustomed to political polarization, it is easy to transition into this hyper-polarized political climate in the United States and readily pick a side.” Adam J. Nott Borges 11/19/2020
“Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children” The Center - “By becoming so concerned about the plight of children, we have become child-like ourselves.” Gabriel Andrade 11/9/2020
Is the West “at War with Islam”? The Center - “This becomes painfully clear when it is one’s own city that is being attacked. I had cycled through the neighborhood a mere 30 minutes before the attack commenced.” Gerfried Ambrosch 11/6/2020
America: Strained But Strong The Center - “Hopefully, the reality of neither party being dominant will translate into a shared recognition that virtues like tolerance must be rediscovered and resuscitated in our political life.” Thomas Koenig 11/4/2020
A “November Surprise”? History Shows That’s Possible The Center - “The following examples remind us that no presidential race is over until the votes are counted.” Zachary Rose 10/29/2020
Appreciating the Legacy of James Randi The Center - “The Canadian-born James Randi, who passed away this past week at the age of 92, will surely be remembered as a modern-day Lucian.” Gabriel Andrade 10/25/2020
What Struck Me Watching the Final Presidential Debate The Center - “Our public discourse must turn away from retrospective litigation and verbal crossfire and, instead, shift towards real politics…” Thomas Koenig 10/23/2020
Boredom: a Double-Edged Sword, for Individuals and Society The Center - “Compared to these other negative emotional states, boredom might seem like a trivial complaint. However, boredom can cause real problems if not directed towards healthy and constructive behaviors.” Clay Routledge 10/14/2020
The Politicization of Psychiatry The Center - “Given the numerous historical antecedents, it is likely that—probably sooner rather than later—politics would get in the way of such clinical assessments.“ Gabriel Andrade 10/11/2020
In Praise of Trump’s “Platinum Plan” for Black Americans The Right - “Many on the Left imply that President Trump’s initiative is just about pandering to black Americans; however, I see his plan as a roadmap to prosperity and fairness.” Victoria Lynch 10/11/2020
Gangs Drive Surging Homicide Rates The Center - “Gang violence is not ‘gun violence.'” Vic Reynolds and Michael Scott Carlson 10/9/2020
What Ever Happened to Answering the Question? The Center - “These were not typical evasions regarding policies; they were evasions regarding principles.” Thomas Koenig 10/8/2020
Assuaging Conservatives’ Fears about a Biden Presidency The Center - “The former option is President Trump; the latter is politics.” Thomas Koenig 10/7/2020