If the Horseshoe Fits: Illiberalism Across the Political Spectrum The Center - “While far-right ideologues make no secret of their illiberalism, their counterparts on the Left tend to cloak theirs in the language of equality.” Gerfried Ambrosch 7/10/2022
On Finland’s Memorandum with Turkey The Left - “Finns should decide their own fate. Their pact with Turkey signals the opposite.” Mike Watson 6/30/2022
Like in Ukraine, We Must Recognize Iranians’ Right to Resistance The Center - “Political leaders in the United States are increasingly recognizing the vitality and capabilities of the Iranian resistance movement and are looking for ways to empower it.” Kazem Gholami 6/7/2022
The Great American School Tragedy: The Coronavirus and Students The Center - “So while parents are generally satisfied with what schools did under trying and unprecedented circumstances, they have good reason to be worried about the pandemic’s effects on their children’s academic and emotional well-being.” Bruno V. Manno 5/31/2022
Narrative Ethics: A Modest Proposal The Center - “I wryly refer to the universal adoption of narrative ethics as a ‘modest proposal’ because while telling stories is a fundamental part of human nature, telling stories in perfectly ethical ways is, unfortunately, too often alien to our nature.” Isabelle Breier 5/25/2022
On “The Diversity Paradox” The Center - “Similarly, while professional hockey is considered to have an under-representation problem, the same is not considered true for the National Football League or National Basketball Association, in which African Americans are very over-represented.” Charles Pincourt 5/19/2022
Why the Left Is Accepting Finnish NATO Membership The Left - “With that said, however, as a country with a 70-year commitment to welfarism, it would not be desirable to substitute this for Russia’s brand of plutocratic capitalism.” Mike Watson 5/18/2022
When Anti-Israel Bias Finds Its Way into Coverage Choices The Center - “Our media’s acceptance of anti-Semitic narratives is eroding Israel’s standing in the world and, in turn, the nation’s ability to defend itself against an enemy that has long ago broken its borders and used its very liberalism against it.” Catherine Perez-Shakdam 5/11/2022
The Term Woke Is Losing Its Punch The Right - “It was a linguistic indication that revolutionary consciousness had made ‘the long march through the institutions.'” Barney Quick 4/30/2022
The Pandemic Is a Chaos Narrative  The Center - “Chaos narratives, however, defy our narrative expectations. There is no order, sense, or logical chronology but, instead, suffering without an apparent purpose or meaning.” Isabelle Breier 4/29/2022
Do David Brooks and the New Right Share Common Threads? The Left - “The general public—and not the elite—is, in fact, the primary obstacle to the New Right’s political project.” Ahmed Ahmed 4/19/2022
Why Putin’s Russia and Xi’s China Are Cozy Bedfellows The Center - “Why is there this close bond? Why does China do nothing in response to President Putin’s bloodlust?” John Tuttle 4/18/2022
Nuclear Iran—Why the Islamic Republic Is Not the Actor We Think It Is The Center - “As the only Western journalist allowed to enter Iran prior to its presidential elections back in 2017, I followed then-candidate Ebrahim Raisi on the campaign trail. Whatever illusions I had about Iran and its ambitions melted under the sheer brutality of his war rhetoric.” Catherine Perez-Shakdam 3/30/2022
Kids and the Coronavirus: Unintended Consequences Two Years Later The Center - “So, we have been living in two pandemics, but only one has dominated our public health discussions.” Stefanie M. Meyer 3/12/2022
Ukraine and “The Fog of War” The Center - “Amid the memes and rhetoric, there has been much in the way of propaganda, unverifiable information, and outright lies that seem, at times, not to be appreciated for what they are.” Carlos Miguel del Callar 3/7/2022
What Whoopi Goldberg Got Wrong about the Holocaust—and Why It Matters The Center - “Only days before Goldberg made her ill-informed comments, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) changed its definition of racism to ‘The marginalization and/or oppression of people of color based on a socially constructed racial hierarchy that privileges white people.'” Gerfried Ambrosch 2/5/2022
No to Money for Hostages The Center - “When I was imprisoned in Iran, I made it clear to the Swiss ambassador to let the Trump administration know not to offer any money in exchange for my release.” Michael White 2/4/2022
If the Pendulum Doesn’t Swing Back The Center - “The implication is that culture and politics can be thought of as the bob of a pendulum swinging back and forth mechanically between the political left and the right, and that, at the moment, we are simply at the leftward amplitude of such a process.” Charles Pincourt 2/3/2022
When It Comes to Medical Aid-in-Dying, We Must Protect the Vulnerable The Center - “Many such persons will have internalized the idea that they constitute an inconvenient and expensive burden on loved ones, as well as the healthcare system. Legalizing MAID risks reinforcing that message.” Tanner Matthews 1/10/2022
Why I Oppose the JCPOA The Center - “As a former political hostage in Iran, I oppose the efforts to revive the current agreement as it stands. I will explain my reasoning and what I believe is the best path forward.” Michael White 12/16/2021
How the National Popular Vote Protects the Electoral College The Right - “Importantly, this state-based reform preserves and protects the Electoral College by having state legislatures determine the manner and method by which presidential elections are run and administered.” Saul Anuzis 10/29/2021
A Question for Frances Haugen: Who Decides? The Center - “The question, however, remains: Would politically motivated government officials make better decisions than executives at these companies, and would these decisions be fairly applied to all users?” Mike Matthys 10/18/2021
It’s Time to Move Away from Outward Markers of Jewish Belonging  The Center - “One thing I chose not to do was circumcise my child. While many of my secular compatriots still feel an affinity for this practice as a ‘tribal marking,’ I find it intellectually and ethically difficult to defend.” Rebecca Wald 10/8/2021
What Motivates Retail Cryptocurrency Investors? The Right - “Contrary to the Bitcoin apostles I met at the conference all those years ago, contemporary owners of cryptocurrency seem to be more interested in its speculative properties than its potential as an alternate currency or stable store of value.” Eddie Ferrara 9/3/2021
Can Australians Trust the Americans after Kabul? The Center - “As a result of this debacle, it now seems reasonable to question whether Washington is competent enough to assure Australia’s security.” Tom Grein 8/31/2021
Letter to the Editor: In Reply to “Buy Out the Settlers” The Center - “Therefore, what possible reason is there to believe that simply bribing a few Jews out of a few homes in the West Bank will result in Hamas and Fatah making peace with Israel?” Nicholas Avery 8/4/2021
Liberal Democracy Lives on the Page, Not the Screen The Center - “Here, I would like to reflect on the optimal mechanisms for sustaining the rational mindset that undergirds liberal democracy.” Thomas Koenig 7/8/2021
Are Cities Heading for a Fiscal Crunch? The Right - “Although they are run down, many still boast high local taxes. Sadly, this forms a vicious cycle of adverse selection, spiraling tax rates, and underfunding. “ Eddie Ferrara 7/1/2021
Biden’s Tax Policies Would Hamstring Economic Recovery and Social Mobility The Right - “The recovery itself is likely to be the largest job creator this decade.” Gonzalo Schwarz and Daniel Bunn 5/25/2021
In a Future Driven by Artificial Intelligence, “Career Adjacency” Offers Humans Agency   The Center - “However trendy this new semantic shift, the word is more relevant than ever: “Career adjacency” is now the future of human work.” Jamie Merisotis 5/24/2021
How the “New Atheists” Deradicalized Me The Center - “New Atheism had taught me always to demand evidence; and the evidence revealed that, historically, political radicalism had been a major source of violence and inhumanity…” Gerfried Ambrosch 5/15/2021
To Prevent Politics and Reality from Breaking Up, Keep It Local The Center - “Therefore, if we want to ward off a divorce between our political narratives and reality, perhaps the best thing we can do is bring political affairs as close as possible to our lived, everyday realities.” Thomas Koenig 5/13/2021
Is Inflation Finally Going to Be a Problem? The Right - “Finally, the mere expectation of inflation can actually bring it to pass.” Eddie Ferrara 5/2/2021
The Facebook Oversight Board: How to Make It Actually Work The Center - “Accordingly, we believe that Facebook could streamline its appeals process by following the guidelines suggested above.” Mike Matthys 4/23/2021
Why We’ve Committed Ourselves to Fighting Online Censorship The Center - “We believe this question of censorship is a non-partisan concern that will deeply affect the ability of our country to achieve fairness and progress going forward.” Mike Matthys 4/9/2021