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
Is the National Debt Finally Going to Be a Problem? The Right - “As President Joe Biden unveils his own ambitious spending plans, it is worth asking if the national debt is finally going to have its moment.” Eddie Ferrara 4/5/2021
Everybody’s Getting the Filibuster—and the Senate—All Wrong The Center - “But let us be clear: It is not fair to claim that the filibuster is a ‘relic of Jim Crow,’ either.” Thomas Koenig 3/31/2021
Knowing Which “Hill to Die On” The Left - “Idealists, in order to change the systems in which they exist, must usually remain in that system.” Jordan Lawrence 3/29/2021
Age Quod Agis The Center - “From Saint Ignatius, this short phrase’s message is straightforward yet powerful: Do what you are doing.” Thomas Koenig 3/28/2021
The Politicization of “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” The Right - “Fixated and obsessed with Superman’s ‘whiteness,’ Phillips cannot appreciate a movie for what it is, content instead to completely misinterpret it in order to make her misguided social beliefs more palatable.” Matthew Pinna 3/22/2021
Is Gen Z Really So Different? The Center - “Coming of age in the 1990s, the state of the world seemed every bit as dire to me as it does to many ‘Zoomers.'” Gerfried Ambrosch 3/19/2021
Local Decision-Makers and Keeping Kids Active During the Pandemic The Center - “Yet, paradoxically, it appears as a nation that our collective response to the pandemic has exacerbated the pre-existing epidemic of physical inactivity amid efforts to protect people’s health.” Stefanie Meyer and Collin Webster 3/17/2021
Confessions of a High School English Teacher The Center - “Because of the comments I had heard from people in the department and from our department head, I was scared my contract would be not be renewed if I revealed my political preferences.” Lee Douglass 3/13/2021
The Capitol and Democracy Both Qualify as “Sacred” The Right - “The immediate danger of the Capitol attack has ended. However, the work of repairing the tear in the fabric of our nation has only just begun, a task we neglect at our peril.” Matt Hoberg 2/26/2021
Taking an Oath upon the Constitution, Rather than the Bible The Left - “While laws do not and absolutely should not regulate a politician’s religious practices, the time and place for these practices is not when taking an oath of office.” Andrew Joseph Pegoda 2/19/2021
How to Harness Tribalism to Unify Americans The Center - “To the contrary, we can take advantage of certain aspects of our tribal nature to ease tensions between groups and, critically, to pursue common goals that are important for human flourishing.” Clay Routledge and Ben Wilterdink 2/12/2021
The Foe We Need Is the Foe We Have The Center - “At a time when we are losing a grip on the fundamentals of the American Experiment, a powerful foe has arisen that stands in direct opposition to those fundamentals.” Thomas Koenig 2/6/2021
The Term Limit Catastrophe: Ted Cruz’s Massive “Brain Drain” The Right - “In the nation’s capital, power will always remain; the only question is who has it.” Autry Pruitt 2/5/2021
When Discussing Loan Forgiveness, There’s More Than Just Student Debt The Left - “Relief that starts and stops with student loans is merely distracting from larger issues.” Andrew Joseph Pegoda 2/2/2021
Why I Don’t Celebrate Black History Month The Right - “When we, as a nation, celebrate these heritage months, all that takes place is pandering and more of an unfortunate tendency: dividing people—in the 21st century, no less—by race.” Solomon Green 2/1/2021
Social Media and the Fraught Question of Regulation The Left - “But, with that said, many of the problems that are blamed on social media run much deeper and require broader societal solutions than just legal controls on social media.” Adam J. Nott Borges 1/28/2021
Contra Bridget Phetasy, We Should Not Abandon Partisan Politics The Center - “Given the fact that humans are competitive by nature, how could politics not become some version of a team sport? It is true that hyper-partisanship is not great, but the game is what it is.” Peter Clarke 1/27/2021