Joe Biden Only Ostensibly “Has a Plan” for Everything The Left - “The Left needs a candidate who really believes in its preferred policies and is not just giving lip service in an attempt to gain its votes.” Teddy Duncan Jr. 6/4/2020
Republicans Do Still Buy Sneakers The Left - “And so, in an age of divisive politics, Nike had suddenly found a way to embrace and commodify protest; they would have a free marketing base like no other…” Al Binns and Chris Cawkwell 6/3/2020
Liberals Are Not Immune from the Pull of Authority The Right - “My two cents is that respect for authority is neither a particularly conservative nor liberal trait. Rather, conservatives and liberals hold reverence for different categories of authority and the actors that operate within those spheres.” Eddie Ferrara 6/2/2020
Amid Widespread Unrest, Conservatives Must Respond Correctly The Center - “When criticizing this violent upheaval, will [conservatives] go for the low-hanging fruit and come up with absurd, cheap explanations for what is going on? Or, will they engage in serious reflection to prevent this from happening again?” Gabriel Andrade 6/2/2020
Will Words Win the Day: Jargon and the Pandemic The Center - “So, how do doctors, scientists, and everyday people traverse the COVID-19 landscape, where each passing day seems to provide new information and new “theories” about our current predicament?” Cameron Joseph 5/26/2020
Joe Biden’s “You Ain’t Black” Comment Is Deeply Concerning The Center - “I can only hope that in this election African American voters cast their ballots on the basis of what each candidate proposes—and not on the basis of what they think their racial essence ought to be. That is what real liberation is all about.” Gabriel Andrade 5/22/2020
How Feasible Is Mexico’s Re-Opening Plan? The Left - “According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCDE), Mexico is the country within the organization that has the lowest levels of testing: at 0.4 tests per thousand inhabitants.” María José Vallejo 5/21/2020
To “The Last Dance’s” Critics, At Least Michael Jordan Isn’t a Hypocrite The Center - “Basketball fans endlessly discuss whether Michael Jordan or LeBron James is the greatest basketball player of all time. The jury may still be out on that one, but in my book, off-court James is definitely the lesser man.” Gabriel Andrade 5/20/2020
Is the Recent Coup Attempt in Venezuela Just the Beginning? The Center - “So, it may seem as if the recent failed expedition against Maduro is a major blunder. However, I would like to think that this is only the beginning, and that those Rambo wannabes may have actually sparked a greater desire for liberation among Venezuelans.” Gabriel Andrade 5/13/2020
Understanding Belarus’ Upcoming Presidential Election The Left - “Belarusian independence would become, however, a package of unfulfilled promises.  Luz Paola García 5/9/2020
The Coronavirus Must Alter Our “Normal Way of Life” Going Forward The Left - “If the global social discourse continues to be one where we ignore what does not directly affect us, then when the next global emergency occurs, governments will fail people again.” Sandra Wong 5/8/2020
Given Tara Reade’s Allegation, the Left Should Reconsider Support for Biden The Left - “It should be deeply disturbing for voters on the Left of the Democratic Party to vote for a candidate who, not only is likely to have sexually assaulted a woman—but who used a position of power to do it and get away with it for years.” Néstor de Buen 5/7/2020
America’s Pastime in the Age of Coronavirus The Left - “Embodying much of the American spirit, baseball once again finds itself on the frontline, being utilized for political gains, with any rebuke of the MLB’s return likely to be chalked up as un-American or—worse still—shouted down as a commie act.” Al Binns 5/7/2020
Applying Coronavirus-style Problem Solving to Climate Change The Right - “It’s by some cruel twist of fate that both the virus and climate change appear to be treatable by the deceleration of society.” Tom Hyde 5/6/2020
Why China Is Unlikely to Dominate the Globe The Center - “While the United States offers a conception of universal human rights and democracy—and while the Soviet Union offered the idea of achieving global communism—China lacks a universalist narrative or imperial mission.” Tomislav Kardum 5/2/2020
Higher Education Was Already in Trouble Before the Coronavirus The Right - “The pandemic, while it has undeniably worsened the outlook for many institutions, has only exacerbated and brought into sharper relief some of the extant forces threatening to pop the higher education bubble.” Eddie Ferrara 5/1/2020
Herodotus and Long-Standing Problems in Anthropology The Center - “Regrettably, in more recent times, anthropology (and the humanities in general) has placed excessive, imbalanced value on emic.” Gabriel Andrade 4/27/2020
The Coronavirus Response Does Not Take Place in a Vacuum The Center - “Similarly, University of Zurich researchers in 2015—using data from the time of the Great Recession—estimated that unemployment causes 45,000 suicides per year.” Brett Oppenheim 4/24/2020
Principles and the Virus The Right - “I know of no law forbidding our vanquishing of COVID-19; the knowledge of how to do so is therefore discoverable, and our foe is extinguishable.” Logan Chipkin 4/23/2020
Slavoj Žižek’s Approach—And Progressives Need Not Fall in Line The Left - “Žižek’s position was essentially that he could either support Hillary Clinton and, thus, perpetuate the Democratic Party’s impotence—or support Donald Trump and hope that a new Left emerges.” Teddy Duncan Jr. 4/22/2020
Why the Inequality Debate Just Goes ‘Round and ‘Round The Center - “And here, perhaps lies the problem: the single tax’s indiscriminate generosity is its undoing. You cannot offer both sides what they want without dissolving the distinction between them.” Darren Iversen 4/22/2020
Has the Media Been Partner to a Widespread Mishandling of the Coronavirus? The Center - “Reports about do-not-resuscitate orders being contemplated by hospitals began overwhelming the airwaves until Dr. Deborah Birx directly and publicly disputed these claims.” Brett Oppenheim 4/21/2020
The New York Times’ “1619 Project” Was a Long Time Coming The Center - “More recently, The New York Times’ Nikole Hannah-Jones has gone on an antiracism crusade by coming up with the 1619 Project.” Gabriel Andrade 4/20/2020
Civil Liberties Still Matter, Even During a Pandemic The Right - “However, reconceptualizing fundamental rights is a serious matter. As such, we must guard against measures such as these continuing to shape our civic life, politics, and economies—even long after this pandemic has passed.” Jean Vilbert 4/15/2020
When Gender Violence Outpaces the Coronavirus in Mexico The Left - “What similarities we have are dwarfed, however, by an immense difference. At the beginning of April, Ana Paola—at the age of 13—was raped and killed in her home in Nogales, while I write this safely from between the covers.” Veronica Lira Ortiz 4/13/2020
A Good Friday Reflection: Who Killed Jesus? The Center - “In telling their foundational story, the evangelists sought Rome’s favor by portraying Pilate and Roman authorities in a more benevolent light, thus representing Jews as the real culprits in Jesus’ death.” Gabriel Andrade 4/9/2020
When Jordan Peterson’s Defenders Selectively Use History The Left - “Both Tavana and Peterson have expressed support for capitalism and Western civilization without ever addressing the atrocities committed in their name.” Elie Nehme 4/5/2020
Why Demographics Are Not Destiny The Right - “Both the Left and the Right are wrong that demographics are fundamental to the political future of America (or of any other society). Demographics are not destiny.” Logan Chipkin 4/3/2020
How the Coronavirus in Mexico Is Exacerbated by Inequality The Center - “A governor declared that the disease was for rich people only and that it did not affect the poor. As such, how could we possibly expect Mexican citizens to react seriously to this pandemic when its government was behaving like this?” María José Vallejo 4/3/2020
There Is No Free Lunch: Landlords Are Not Leeches The Center - We should support rent moratoriums—but not because landlords are ruthlessly exploiting a pandemic. Jonathan Church 4/2/2020
What Netflix’s “Tiger King” Teaches Us about Race and Class in America The Center - “The United States needs a reality check. Yes, race has been a major issue in the country’s history. But class matters, and we must never forget that.” Gabriel Andrade 4/2/2020
How Libertarians View the Coronavirus Crisis The Right - “For those of us who don’t want to go fully off-grid but concern ourselves with the expansion of the state, what might a pandemic response look like?” Eddie Ferrara 4/1/2020
On the Passing of Albert Uderzo (And What Postcolonialists Might Learn from Him) The Center - “Uderzo’s approach to postcolonial criticism was much more nuanced and effective. Perhaps it takes a simple comic book illustrator to accomplish the job that overly sophisticated scholars fail to do.” Gabriel Andrade 3/30/2020
To Slow the Coronavirus, We Need Messages of Egoism—Not Altruism The Center - “In the time of a silent but dangerous virus, we need to rely upon the individual’s self-preservation instinct to save other lives.“ Simone Redaelli 3/29/2020
The Misleading Claim that Bernie Sanders Is a “Hypocrite” The Left - “Actually, Sanders status as a millionaire should calm and console those who believe that he thinks that all wealthy people are evil. His wealth should convince those people that he does believe in a free-market system.” Teddy Duncan Jr. 3/27/2020