Endlessly Misunderstanding Marcus Garvey The Right - “Moreover, as an avid reader of self-help books and prolific advocate for the prosperity gospel, Garvey would find demands for a black agenda to be insulting.” Lipton Matthews 12/16/2020
The Real Appeal of Jordan Peterson The Right - “Peterson is a man of conviction in an oasis of compromise; therefore, he is perfectly poised to fill the gap in a world crying out for certainty.” Lipton Matthews 12/10/2020
Reconsidering How We Argue for Capitalism The Right - “To improve the reputation of capitalism, libertarians must remind naysayers that it is a moral system based on freedom and voluntary participation.” Lipton Matthews 12/7/2020
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
Members of Congress Should Live Together, But Not in Dorms The Center - “…I propose the Republican Party and the Democratic Party collectively raise money from private donors to build a 535-unit townhouse neighborhood in Washington, D.C., where all of our elected representatives will live together along with their families…” Michael Mazenko 10/5/2020
A Few Reflections on the Death of Breonna Taylor The Right - “Yes, racism does exist. Yes, Breonna Taylor’s death was a tragedy. However, Breonna Taylor’s tragic death is not rooted in racism.” Solomon Green 10/3/2020
Changing My Mind on Universal Basic Income The Right - “With 14 million Americans suddenly plunged into indefinite unemployment, has UBI become more popular? It seems like the answer is yes and no.” Eddie Ferrara 10/2/2020
Tax Evasion and the Catholic Church’s Plank in Its Eye The Center - “But the hard fact is that the Vatican’s vast untaxed riches—and the Church’s tax-exempt status in many countries—make it impossible for [Pope Francis] to avoid charges of hypocrisy.” Gabriel Andrade 9/29/2020
“The American People”—a Phrase Worth Discarding The Center - “…there are perhaps a few other aspects of the phrase that ought to make it first on the chopping block when considering which expressions really out to be expunged immediately from our national discourse.” Erich J. Prince 9/29/2020
Don’t Blame Free Speech for Extremism The Right - “Free speech does not enable extremism. Quite the contrary: It is the primary means to challenge wrongheaded attitudes, ideologies, and belief systems.” Aaron Tao 9/28/2020
The Grift That Keeps on Grifting: the Troubling Issue on Campus The Center - “One of the most common questions posed by those trying to fight this is: What can we do to stop this? As someone who works in education and higher learning, I can provide three potential options…” Carson Babich 9/20/2020
“Systemic Racism”: a Popular Illusion  The Right - “These slavery and race theorists are correct about the existence of the stain but wrong about it being indelible.” Jim Proser 9/19/2020
Bob Woodward and “Citizen Trump” The Right - “President Trump was acting as the United States’ cheerleader, his Republican supporters argue. He was derelict in his duty to protect the American public, charge his Democratic opponents.” Robert Orlando 9/16/2020
Searching for Common Meaning in the Age of Polarization  The Center - “It is not between Red and Blue states; it is a battle about whether there is meaning outside of politics.” Gonzalo Schwarz and Clay Routledge 9/16/2020
When the Press Is Just as Guilty of “Election Interference” The Right - “As for now, journalists of Goldberg’s type are simply in the electoral interference business; and they just so happen to be doing it from within the United States’ own borders and from beneath the mastheads of once-respected magazines.” Tony D. Senatore 9/15/2020
Secretary Mattis and “Meditations” on Trump The Right - “Secretary Mattis’ words are a warning and a reminder that our roots were born not of anger but of a deeply felt awareness of human limitation.” Robert Orlando 9/12/2020
In Gratitude for the Executive Order on Critical Race Theory The Right - “The Melting Pot is a quaint notion now perhaps (and no longer widely taught to curious young boys and girls), but I find it useful as a basic counterimage to the sophisticated, academic concept of Critical Race Theory now being taught.” Jim Proser 9/11/2020
“Holding the Powerful Accountable”—Empty Words? The Center - “The holding the powerful accountable phrase resonates as it does—and, presumably, is chosen by the news media’s back-patters—because it is, indeed, precisely what a news media should be doing.” Erich J. Prince 9/7/2020
How Looting Destroyed Venezuela: a Cautionary Tale The Center - “And one particular author, Vicky Osterweil, has shamelessly written a book entitled In Defense of Looting.” Gabriel Andrade 9/1/2020