The Amazon Fire and Phony Environmentalism The Center - “As with the opposition to GMOs and nuclear power, Morales’ free pass sadly proves that most environmentalist groups are not really about the environment. They are more about identity politics and, more importantly, about the hipness of being feel-good activists.” Gabriel Andrade 8/29/2019
Jordan Peterson: An Antidote to the Frightening Wave of Socialism The Right - “But, fortunately, there is an antidote to Ocasio-Cortez’s socialist wave and its underlying mindsets: it is the hard work and dedication that Jordan Peterson so importantly describes.” Kambiz Tavana 8/25/2019
Black America Won’t Be Saved at the Ballot Box The Right - “As a young black man from Southern California watching the systemic problems ailing my community, I believe that repairing our community must come from within, and the impetus is upon us to repair our culture before it’s too late.” Solomon Green 8/24/2019
Mexico’s Glitter Revolution: How Should Women Protest?   The Left - “Now, pink glitter seems to be the spark of a new revolution in Mexico against gender violence.” Veronica Lira Ortiz 8/22/2019
Getting Consistent on Collective Blame The Center - “The Left cannot get enough of sociological explanations for all sorts of violence. It is never about individual responsibility; it is always about social structures.” Gabriel Andrade 8/10/2019
A Different Take on “El Chapo” The Left - “Modern society has always had a secret love affair with the criminal.” Elie Nehme 8/8/2019
The American Approach to College Is the Winning One The Left - “Although many of us may still be encouraged at family dinner tables to pursue stable and lucrative careers in high-paying industries, such as finance, consulting, and medicine, perhaps the curriculum of a general education can help some find their true interests.” Eva Hong 8/7/2019
The Real Truth of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter The Center - “To DeSimone and his acolytes, two cold-blooded murderers were freed. To our system of justice, two persons, their innocence always in question, were unfairly tried and convicted.” Fred Martens 8/6/2019
Ricardo Rosselló Resigns, But There is Nothing to Celebrate The Center - “With this standard, if the private diaries or WhatsApp conversations of people were opened, prisons the world over would be swamped with inmates, and companies would fire half of its staff on a daily basis.” Gabriel Andrade 7/26/2019
What Popular Culture Gets Wrong about “El Chapo” The Center - “Almost one hundred years after his death, Villa’s image enjoys the allure of a romantic Robin Hood in Latin American imagination.” Gabriel Andrade 7/22/2019
America Is Too Lenient on Gang Violence The Right - “Much to my dismay, conservative media journalists have conflated political stances against illegal immigration with criminal gang activity.” Bill Black 7/17/2019
The Downsides of Subsidizing Sports The Center - “If history is any guide, subsidies (not just in sports, but in all spheres of economic life) do not usually work.” Gabriel Andrade 7/15/2019
On Brexit: In Reply to Clive Pinder The Left - “Given Pinder’s distaste for academia, I don’t imagine he would be fond of this kind of Platonic utopia.” Matt McManus 7/14/2019
Letter: In Reply to McManus—Misunderstanding Brexit The Right - “These are the facts and historical context that any fair-minded and rational critic should consider before lambasting the majority of Brits who chose to forgo membership in the European Union.” Clive Pinder 7/14/2019
NATO: 70 Years On The Left - “Hence, NATO should devise a strategy to address President Trump’s visions about the alliance in order to maintain (as much as possible) its stability.” Luz Paola García 7/11/2019
“Ban the Box” Falls Short of Its Goals The Left - “While BTB is the most visible approach to signal support for reintegration, it is perhaps not the most effective way to bring about substantial criminal justice reform and truly help ex-felons build a new life.” Eva Hong 7/10/2019
Social Democracy and Capitalism: A Reply To Richard Burcik The Left - “If capitalism doesn’t work for us all, it doesn’t work at all.” Matt McManus 7/7/2019
Letter to the Editor: In Reply to McManus—Markets Are the Better Way The Right - “Each day, I read an almost endless array of pro-socialist and anti-capitalist articles in a variety of newspapers, magazines, and web sites. Then I ask myself: ‘How could so many bright, well-informed authors be so apparently unaware of the actual realities concerning the history of socialism?'” Richard W. Burcik 7/2/2019
In Support of a Federal Anti-Gang Law The Right - “A functioning federal gang prosecution law patterned after Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act would provide a direct legal outlet for FBI’s ‘increased focus’ on gangs.” James Callaway 6/27/2019
Was the Supreme Court Missing the Big Picture When It Comes to Tech? The Left - “Private companies like Facebook and Twitter are the focal points of more political debate now than any physical space controlled by the government.” Henry Glitz 6/23/2019
Trump’s Tariffs: Did Mexico Have a Choice? The Left - “This may sound as if Mexico were evil and did not want to help others, but this is not the case. If we become a safe third country, we would be biting off more than we can chew by condemning migrants to hellish conditions—mainly due to organized crime and lack of resources—and becoming the U.S. backyard.” Veronica Lira Ortiz 6/21/2019
Why Canada Needs to Ditch the First-Past-the-Post System The Left - “Democratic legitimacy should not be a partisan issue; we, as Canadians, should all be taking this opportunity to discern how to make the country a more inclusive and participatory place.” Matt McManus 6/19/2019
Georgia Life Act Has a Pulse, and It Beats Steady The Right - “The larger issues with H.B. 481, such as the constitutionality of the timeframe for an abortion, the extent to which the law imposes an undue burden on a mother, or the attribution of personhood to an unborn fetus, have regrettably been conflated with false claims about mothers receiving abortions being prosecuted under Georgia law.” Bill Black 6/18/2019
Economic Inequality Is a Red Herring The Right - “There’s nothing wrong with working for minimum wage, just as there’s nothing wrong with being unable to touch your toes— but if you wish to make more money, you must gain valuable skills, experience, and perhaps start stretching.” Shaun Cammack 6/17/2019
A Reasoned Approach to the Abortion Wars The Center - “Nobody can say with confidence exactly what a court will do. What is visible from our analysis is that it is likely not a slam dunk either way.” Ronald L. Carlson 6/8/2019
When We Make Political Pawns of Children The Center - “Every January, toddlers hold signs with messages that they cannot possibly understand. But children also hold signs they might passively understand, and teenagers hold signs they probably understand, if only imperfectly.” Samuel Forster 6/3/2019
Modi and the Erosion of Critical Thinking in India The Center - “Postcolonial and post-modern scholarship criticize science as a Western construct with no real legitimate claim to truth or objectivity, thus paving the way for Hindu nationalists to come up with their wild theories.” Gabriel Andrade 6/1/2019
Georgia DA: Personhood Critics and the Heartbeat Bill The Right - “Various Democratic District Attorneys in Georgia have recreated what the civil rights laws defeated, choosing political expedience over personhood.” John S. Melvin 5/24/2019
What Netflix’s Caligula Teaches Us about Trump and His Critics The Center - “If we are willing to be mildly skeptical of a historian who wrote about an emperor removed by one century, then we should also be skeptical of psychiatrists who are too eager to diagnose Mr. Trump with some mental disorder.” Gabriel Andrade 5/18/2019
Op-ed: Ronald Sullivan and the Case for Due Process of Law The Right - “This is not about defending Ronald Sullivan or any one individual; it is about affirming the right for lawyers to defend their clients without facing condemnation in their personal and professional lives.” Julio Araujo 5/14/2019
A Mexican Perspective: The Three Options for Venezuela The Left - “I know several Latin American brothers and sisters who have fled their country. Some were born in the era of Chavismo and have not known anything new, until now.” Veronica Lira Ortiz 5/11/2019
Mercenaries Actually Have a Long History in Venezuela The Center - “As monstrous as the Blackwater plan may seem, we must not lose sight of the fact that Maduro is the only real employer of mercenaries in Venezuela, and that his 19th century heroes were doing the same thing.” Gabriel Andrade 5/8/2019
Stop Crying “Imperialism”; a Solution Is Needed in Venezuela The Right - “To blame American imperialism, as some do, is to dismiss Maduro’s responsibility and to close our eyes to another socialist catastrophe.” Julio Araujo 5/6/2019
Is Trump Right on China? The Right - “It’s time to rethink our trade relationship with China, and so far, President Trump has taken the appropriate measures to set it right.” Matthew Mai 5/2/2019
Camille Paglia and How We Debate Social Issues The Right - “To dismiss topics that are being discussed by college students is a terrible political strategy. The left has professionalized gathering new supporters with questionable narratives—and classical liberals remain inert. We need to change that.” Julio Araujo 5/1/2019