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
For This Black Woman, the GOP Feels Like Home The Right - “Suddenly, the Grand Old Party was no longer seen as white, privileged, and wealthy. Instead, it was truly the party of social justice, freedom, economic opportunity, and the American Dream.” Victoria Lynch 8/30/2020
Don’t Run Away, Conservatives The Right - “But it feels myopic to interpret this as a larger victory or cheer for more of the same, especially if the ultimate goal is to restore some sense of ideological pluralism to mainstream institutions.” Eddie Ferrara 8/26/2020
When the Media Is Far from Being an “Arbiter of Truth” The Right - “And when anyone sees past the illusion of impartiality, thereby revealing the propaganda’s true form, the media recovers with yet more gaslighting: You are merely imagining things.” Zachary Palmer 8/18/2020
On Robert Orlando’s “Citizen Trump” The Center - “To do so, he tells President Trump’s life story in the cinematographic style of Citizen Kane, incorporating the iconic snow globe, the campaign poster, and even the mysterious word (‘Rosebud’) that is central to Orson Welles’ masterpiece.” Gabriel Andrade 8/14/2020
On Tucker Carlson and Sycophants The Left - “Regardless of whether President Trump succeeds in his bid for re-election to the White House, those who think and speak like Carlson will likely suffer no retribution for throwing red meat to his base.” Duluxan Sritharan 8/9/2020
The Singular Courage of Tucker Carlson The Right - “In the United States today, this is the language of the revolution’s media advance team. They want to silence one of our most prominent voices of opposition…” Jim Proser 8/5/2020
The Case for Free Vaccines The Right - “In the meantime, perhaps given their impressive track record, free-to-consumer vaccines are something we can all get behind.” Eddie Ferrara 8/1/2020
Creating an Ethos of Individualism in China The Right - “Although China exhibits authoritarian characteristics, this, by no means, presupposes that liberty is incompatible with its people’s worldview.” Dan Mikhaylov 7/28/2020
Freedom Requires Courage The Right - “But now, being made ‘uncomfortable’ or being associated with unpopular company is sufficient reason to abandon principle.” Aaron Tao 7/27/2020
We Need Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Now More Than Ever The Right - “We must first understand this socialist culture of the woke who seek to control what we think, what we say, and how we live. We must believe—like Solzhenitsyn did—that the truth can defeat them.” Jim Proser 7/16/2020
The Harper’s Letter: When the Boring Becomes Incendiary The Center - “Since the response to the letter was far from boring, two things can be asserted. First, a growing minority no longer believes free speech to be valuable. Secondly, those who do believe in free speech no longer believe that it is fully operational. Gabriel Scorgie 7/15/2020
The Shadow of Progress The Right - “In a worldview that prizes purity above progress, the flawed and erroneous are stains to be expunged. Their remembrance is not only deplorable but damning by association.” Tom Hyde 7/12/2020
Synecdoche, New York and Synecdoche, Croatia The Center - “Something very similar—and, only slightly less surreal—is currently happening in the Republic of Croatia.” Matija Štahan 7/11/2020
The Unimaginative Hysteria of Umair Haque The Right - “Never mind that it is the Trump administration standing up for Uyghur Muslims, actual victims of genocide, by imposing sanctions on CPC officials this past week.” Tony D. Senatore 7/10/2020
The Dangers of Politicizing the Coronavirus The Center - “It is not often that everyone in the country faces the same towering life-and-death challenge all at once, which is why we should drop the cheap partisan smears and start talking honestly about the greatest threat we have confronted in a generation.” Matt Johnson 7/5/2020
Anti-Racism Demonstrations That Are Just Too Much The Center - “Those doing things like reenacting a slave raid may have noble intentions, but they are sending the wrong message.” Gabriel Andrade 7/3/2020
When Censorship Is Outsourced to the Private Sector The Right - “Our commitment to the rights of others to express themselves, even if they hold heinous beliefs, is something uniquely American, and it is perhaps the finest piece of our cultural heritage.” Eddie Ferrara 7/2/2020
Notes on Change and “First World Problems” The Left - “And as the COVID-19 crisis that has changed seemingly everything shows, en masse unemployment and distrust of the federal government is now a “first world reality.”” Andrew Joseph Pegoda 6/29/2020
Liberate the Other Half: Empowering the “Back Row” of America The Center - “Rather than cracking down on higher-income Americans, it is past time to liberate the other half.” Ben Wilterdink 6/23/2020
Parallels Between the Coronavirus and Refugee Crises The Left - “This is a perfect example of why a global problem needs a single multilateral response, and not various contradictory unilateral responses.” Gwyneth Bernier 6/22/2020