A Practical Approach to Career Education for K-12 Students The Center - “America’s K-12 schools typically provide little information to young people on potential careers. They also generally do not provide work experiences that help them understand practical pathways to jobs and careers.” Bruno V. Manno 9/6/2023
Checking in on “Woke Europe” The Center - “Like the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, continental Europe would, therefore, do well to dial down the moralizing rhetoric associated with wokeness and return to the enlightened pragmatism, cultural liberalism, and scientific curiosity that gave us the modern world.” Gerfried Ambrosch 8/25/2023
Aliens and America’s Crisis in Meaning The Center - “What gives? Why are people so eager to believe wild tales despite a lack of hard, clear evidence?” Peter Clarke 8/20/2023
The Atheist Movement Has One Job The Center - “This is the atheist movement’s one job: to help people navigate the world and find meaning, purpose, and community in a society that has long depended on a god-belief for these ends.” Peter Clarke 7/27/2023
Could AI Become Angry at Humans for Causing Environmental Destruction? The Center - “With artificial general intelligence (AGI) likely just decades away, there is an urgent need to consider the extent of environmental harm we are causing. AGI will likely question if humans are good stewards of the planet and quickly come to the conclusion that we are not.” Zoltan Istvan 7/10/2023
Why “Longtermism” Needs Anti-Aging Science to Succeed The Center - “Assuming anti-aging science shows results, then all of those hypothetical people living way off in the distant future may include some of us. And if that is the case, then people alive today have a practical, personal reason to care how our current actions impact the future.” Peter Clarke 7/6/2023
Is the “Convenience Economy” Worth the Pain It Can Inflict? The Center - “We live in a world where every conceivable product or service is instantly accessible.” Noel Yaxley 6/26/2023
Stop Fearing the Best-Case Scenario with Artificial Intelligence The Center - “What receives less attention but is equally consequential is the extreme scenario in which AI saves all of humanity by making us immortal. Just as we are unprepared for life-destroying AI, we are equally unprepared for our AI savior.” Peter Clarke 6/23/2023
The Ever Tenuous Coalition That Is the Left The Right - “What makes this conflict noteworthy is that it reveals stress lines within the coalition of today’s Left, a coalition that often seems held together more by what it hates than by strong bonds of friendship.” Paul Gottfried 6/6/2023
The Many Casualties of Hazing The Right - “They were given a choice to participate, and they ultimately decided it was worth risking their life, health, individuality, and future for a chance to be a part of a group of people who ultimately couldn’t care less about them.” Solomon Green 5/15/2023
How Do They Still Have Jobs? The Center - “By any normal definition of the role of a Cabinet member, Secretary Mayorkas would have either resigned voluntarily or have had his resignation requested by the President.” Erich J. Prince 5/11/2023
How Ideological Addiction Drives Extremism and Undermines Civil Discourse The Center - “It is made even more dangerous because unlike other addictions, which are widely accepted as harmful, ideological addiction is being constantly fueled by irresponsible members of the political class, the press, and many on social media.” Emily Bashah and Paul E. Johnson 5/10/2023
Democrats’ Endless Anti-Institutionalism The Center - “However, it has now become clear that once in power, Democrats, with a few notable exceptions, have largely sought to remove any impediment to realizing their agenda regardless of how time-honored or important a given tradition might be.” Erich J. Prince 5/4/2023
The Stale Defeatism of the “Chomsky/Carlin Thesis” The Right - “While criticizing the United States, Chomsky, Senator Bernie Sanders, those at outlets such as The Grayzone, and some of my friends have defended the likes of Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro.” Tony D. Senatore 4/27/2023
Gen Z and a New Relationship to Work The Center - “In the long term, it is likely that the workplace will diversify and, in turn, settle into four or five different buckets on a continuum from traditional and non-traditional, with less representation at the extremes.” Grant Brenner 4/26/2023
K-12 Domestic Realists Chart an Agenda to Go Beyond Education’s Culture Wars The Center - “K-12 education’s collective illusions divert attention away from the dogged fact that most Americans, including policymakers and young people, agree on important K-12 issues.“ Bruno V. Manno 4/19/2023
Elon Musk’s Bad Take on Longevity The Center - “Zoltan Istvan, an advocate for life extension, has observed in his longevity writings that each human mind is a unique library of information. Every time a person dies, it is like losing the Library of Alexandria.” Peter Clarke 4/4/2023
A Government Is More Than Capable of Addressing Multiple Crises At Once The Center - “So, to be clear, I largely favor reducing the power of the very federal government being discussed in this piece, but that is quite different from arguing that, at its current scope and scale, it is somehow incapable of addressing multiple priorities at once.” Erich J. Prince 3/20/2023
Boris Johnson’s Most Fundamental Failure: Immigration The Right - “After all, one of the major reasons for the Conservatives’ 2019 election landslide victory was due to [Johnson’s] populist rhetoric regarding mass immigration, including the Conservatives’ promise that ‘overall numbers will come down.'” Edward Howard 3/10/2023
Internet Censorship: Democrats, Remember You Could Be Out of Power One Day The Center - “The mainstream media has largely ignored the unsettling censorship tactics of the Biden administration, and Democrats—all the while—clearly cannot imagine a future Republican administration following this administration’s lead and censoring content that does not support the new administration’s political narrative or agenda.” Mike Matthys 3/7/2023
A Happy Retirement: A High Bar for High Achievers The Center - “I had lost my ambition and with it my identity. Without CEO status, who was I? If I was not leading a company, what was my purpose? How would I find contentment without that all-encompassing fixation on achievement?” Laura Black 3/6/2023
Who Will Fix a Broken Internet Landscape Before It’s Too Late? The Right - “Despite the enormous improvements that technology has contributed to the human condition, if we do not choose to fix the way the Internet works, there remains the potential for a digital Pearl Harbor-type event.” Thomas P. Vartanian 3/5/2023
How a “National Divorce” Could Actually Unite Americans The Right - “Far from giving up on the American project, national divorce aims to renew and deepen our ability to live in harmony together.” Joseph (Jake) Klein 3/2/2023
In Reply to Robert Jensen: The Folly of the Nazi Comparison The Right - “In fact, most Southerners did not own slaves; nor were Union soldiers, most of whom were drafted, fighting for the woke ideals of Jensen or the Southern Poverty Law Center.” Paul Gottfried 2/17/2023
Republicans Should Stop Pandering about Charter Schools The Right - “I have no idea why Republicans and the GOP media fall over themselves rallying to the cause of those who hate them and who would never vote for them, no matter what.” Paul Gottfried 2/9/2023
Arguments Against School Choice Presume We Have Options The Center - “In short, if public schooling on average is so woefully inadequate, how can we take seriously the argument that if a family cannot afford or otherwise access private or home schooling, public schooling is a perfectly sufficient choice?” Dixie Dillon Lane 2/3/2023
Stop Pretending All Cultures Are the Same The Left - “So I will say it with my heart, and others should too: If a culture persecutes LGBT people, is overtly racist, or makes women second class citizens, then to hell with that culture. My culture is better than that one.” Johan Pregmo 1/27/2023
Understanding Why Netanyahu Won The Center - “Whatever else one may think about the unholy trinity of Prime Minister Netanyahu, Ben-Gvir, and Bezalel Smotrich, they are, among other things, willing to discuss the serious internal security concerns that much of the country outside of Tel Aviv faces.” Elizabeth Emery 1/11/2023
Work Is About Knowledge That Pays and Relationships That Are Priceless The Center - “And both wages and relationships advance worker opportunity, the essential elements of which are what individuals know (i.e., profitable knowledge) and whom they know (i.e., priceless relationships).” Bruno V. Manno 12/15/2022
On the Inevitability of Racism The Center - “As psychoanalysis long ago has perspicaciously demonstrated, prejudice is universal to human nature and is evolutionarily informed.” Jon Mills 12/5/2022
COVID-19 and the Banality of Evil The Left - “Compulsory obedience can especially be seen in how the Democratic Party has changed since the election of President Biden in 2020. Before he entered office, COVID-19 was more accepted as an important and legitimate issue.” Andrew Joseph Pegoda 12/4/2022
Russia Will Pursue Desperate Strategies After It Exhausts Its Missile Supply The Center - “Aside from the fact that history shows that rockets are far more useful at inflicting damage against military than civilian targets, their misuse may indicate an underlying strategic desperation in the Kremlin.” Julian Spencer-Churchill 12/1/2022
The First Metaverse Nation The Center - “What is new, in this case, is that the people of Tuvalu are hoping their future metaverse-based civilization will continue to function as a state and will be recognized internationally as a proper nation.” Peter Clarke 12/1/2022
The Complexity Paradox The Center - “We are great at handling complexity until things get really, really complex.” Jennifer Garvey Berger 10/27/2022
Putin’s Nuclear Threats Show that Jacinda Adern is Wrong About Nuclear Weapons The Center - “[Prime Minister Ardern] is correct that nuclear weapons arsenals carry with them great risks of widespread destruction. However, the greatest risk lies in committing not to use them.” Julian Spencer-Churchill 10/14/2022