In Reply to Beckeld: What Is “the West” Nowadays? Paul Gottfried The Right - “Where I may disagree most emphatically with Beckeld is in his idealization of the ‘West,’ which is supposedly currently at war with barbarous ‘non-Western enemies.’ From my perspective, much of what we see in the impassioned pro-Hamas protests represents where Western civilization has moved in the last hundred years or more.” 11/14/2023
What Karl Marx Can Teach Us about Abortion Guzi He The Right - “What better way to avoid paying for maternity leave, family health insurance, and other perks than to make sure that one’s employees never have children?” 11/2/2023
The Media’s Blood Libel of Israel Henry George The Right - “All of this could have been uncovered with measured reporting and a skepticism that avoids trusting the word of the baby-murdering terror group, Hamas.” 10/20/2023
How Jesse Singal Became the Symbol of Polarization on the Left Peter Clarke The Center - “Whether or not Singal is wrong in his conclusions does not matter. He dared to question the truisms, the sacred cows, and that brands him irredeemably transphobic.” 10/17/2023
Barbarians in Our Midst Gerfried Ambrosch The Center - “It is safe to say that the Muslims who have been spouting anti-Semitic hatred and propaganda on our streets in recent days were socialized in a culture whose values are irreconcilably at odds with ours—a parallel society that sees itself not as part of Western civilization but in opposition to it.” 10/13/2023
Black Lives Matter’s Shameful Response to the Attacks on Israel Tony D. Senatore The Right - “Meanwhile, the silence of companies such as Ben and Jerry’s that claim to support injustice is deafening. Clearly, when the issue of state-sponsored violence against the nation of Israel is in question, silence is an option…” 10/12/2023
Mourning for Palestinians and Israelis—and the Possibility of Peace Ended Yasmine Mohammed The Center - “After witnessing the events of the past few days, I admit that part of me is relieved that [my father] died before he had to watch Hamas take away his lifelong dream, slaughtering both it and Israeli civilians on video for the entire world to see.” 10/11/2023
As the Violence Escalates, We Mustn’t Forget the Role of Iran Catherine Perez-Shakdam The Right - “The disturbing element here is not just the escalation but the advanced level of military precision demonstrated by Hamas—an unnerving signal that Iran’s influence is looming larger than ever.” 10/10/2023
War in Israel, War in the West Henry George The Right - “This is not Israel’s 9/11. It is not even Israel’s Pearl Harbor. It is worse by an order of magnitude. The closest parallel is the Rape of Nanking.” 10/9/2023
Iran Invades Israel Through Hamas Henry George The Right - “But one thing is absolutely clear: This is war, not just a terror attack. This is war not just by Hamas on Israel, but by Iran—through Hamas—on Israel.” 10/7/2023
The Collapse of the Kabul Foreign Aid Bazaar Julian Spencer-Churchill The Center - “The stated North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) objective in Afghanistan was nation-building, but what was created instead, over 20 years, and fell in days, was a heavily garrisoned foreign aid bazaar.” 10/7/2023
Understanding Americans’ Rampant Dissatisfaction with Healthcare Henry Buchwald The Center - “As a patient, I do not want to hold hands with a robot and confide my health problems to a faceless entity. As a doctor, a patient, and a human being, I reject the currently shattered doctor-patient relationship.” 9/28/2023
On the Incoherence of “Decolonizing” the Academy Jon Mills The Center - “Ideological pressure and political conformity in the workplace, professional organizations, industry, and public institutional life are so pervasive that identity politics has all but ruined social tolerance, meritocracy, and the pursuit of excellence.” 9/26/2023
A Practical Approach to Career Education for K-12 Students Bruno V. Manno The Center - “America’s K-12 schools typically provide little information to young people on potential careers. They also generally do not provide work experiences that help them understand practical pathways to jobs and careers.” 9/6/2023
Checking in on “Woke Europe” Gerfried Ambrosch The Center - “Like the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, continental Europe would, therefore, do well to dial down the moralizing rhetoric associated with wokeness and return to the enlightened pragmatism, cultural liberalism, and scientific curiosity that gave us the modern world.” 8/25/2023
Aliens and America’s Crisis in Meaning Peter Clarke The Center - “What gives? Why are people so eager to believe wild tales despite a lack of hard, clear evidence?” 8/20/2023
The Atheist Movement Has One Job Peter Clarke The Center - “This is the atheist movement’s one job: to help people navigate the world and find meaning, purpose, and community in a society that has long depended on a god-belief for these ends.” 7/27/2023
Could AI Become Angry at Humans for Causing Environmental Destruction? Zoltan Istvan The Center - “With artificial general intelligence (AGI) likely just decades away, there is an urgent need to consider the extent of environmental harm we are causing. AGI will likely question if humans are good stewards of the planet and quickly come to the conclusion that we are not.” 7/10/2023
Why “Longtermism” Needs Anti-Aging Science to Succeed Peter Clarke The Center - “Assuming anti-aging science shows results, then all of those hypothetical people living way off in the distant future may include some of us. And if that is the case, then people alive today have a practical, personal reason to care how our current actions impact the future.” 7/6/2023
Is the “Convenience Economy” Worth the Pain It Can Inflict? Noel Yaxley The Center - “We live in a world where every conceivable product or service is instantly accessible.” 6/26/2023
Stop Fearing the Best-Case Scenario with Artificial Intelligence Peter Clarke The Center - “What receives less attention but is equally consequential is the extreme scenario in which AI saves all of humanity by making us immortal. Just as we are unprepared for life-destroying AI, we are equally unprepared for our AI savior.” 6/23/2023
The Ever Tenuous Coalition That Is the Left Paul Gottfried The Right - “What makes this conflict noteworthy is that it reveals stress lines within the coalition of today’s Left, a coalition that often seems held together more by what it hates than by strong bonds of friendship.” 6/6/2023
The Many Casualties of Hazing Solomon Green The Right - “They were given a choice to participate, and they ultimately decided it was worth risking their life, health, individuality, and future for a chance to be a part of a group of people who ultimately couldn’t care less about them.” 5/15/2023
How Do They Still Have Jobs? Erich J. Prince The Center - “By any normal definition of the role of a Cabinet member, Secretary Mayorkas would have either resigned voluntarily or have had his resignation requested by the President.” 5/11/2023
How Ideological Addiction Drives Extremism and Undermines Civil Discourse Emily Bashah and Paul E. Johnson The Center - “It is made even more dangerous because unlike other addictions, which are widely accepted as harmful, ideological addiction is being constantly fueled by irresponsible members of the political class, the press, and many on social media.” 5/10/2023
Democrats’ Endless Anti-Institutionalism Erich J. Prince The Center - “However, it has now become clear that once in power, Democrats, with a few notable exceptions, have largely sought to remove any impediment to realizing their agenda regardless of how time-honored or important a given tradition might be.” 5/4/2023
The Stale Defeatism of the “Chomsky/Carlin Thesis” Tony D. Senatore The Right - “While criticizing the United States, Chomsky, Senator Bernie Sanders, those at outlets such as The Grayzone, and some of my friends have defended the likes of Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro.” 4/27/2023
Gen Z and a New Relationship to Work Grant Brenner The Center - “In the long term, it is likely that the workplace will diversify and, in turn, settle into four or five different buckets on a continuum from traditional and non-traditional, with less representation at the extremes.” 4/26/2023
K-12 Domestic Realists Chart an Agenda to Go Beyond Education’s Culture Wars Bruno V. Manno The Center - “K-12 education’s collective illusions divert attention away from the dogged fact that most Americans, including policymakers and young people, agree on important K-12 issues.“ 4/19/2023
Elon Musk’s Bad Take on Longevity Peter Clarke The Center - “Zoltan Istvan, an advocate for life extension, has observed in his longevity writings that each human mind is a unique library of information. Every time a person dies, it is like losing the Library of Alexandria.” 4/4/2023
A Government Is More Than Capable of Addressing Multiple Crises At Once Erich J. Prince The Center - “So, to be clear, I largely favor reducing the power of the very federal government being discussed in this piece, but that is quite different from arguing that, at its current scope and scale, it is somehow incapable of addressing multiple priorities at once.” 3/20/2023
Boris Johnson’s Most Fundamental Failure: Immigration Edward Howard The Right - “After all, one of the major reasons for the Conservatives’ 2019 election landslide victory was due to [Johnson’s] populist rhetoric regarding mass immigration, including the Conservatives’ promise that ‘overall numbers will come down.'” 3/10/2023
Internet Censorship: Democrats, Remember You Could Be Out of Power One Day Mike Matthys The Center - “The mainstream media has largely ignored the unsettling censorship tactics of the Biden administration, and Democrats—all the while—clearly cannot imagine a future Republican administration following this administration’s lead and censoring content that does not support the new administration’s political narrative or agenda.” 3/7/2023
A Happy Retirement: A High Bar for High Achievers Laura Black The Center - “I had lost my ambition and with it my identity. Without CEO status, who was I? If I was not leading a company, what was my purpose? How would I find contentment without that all-encompassing fixation on achievement?” 3/6/2023
Who Will Fix a Broken Internet Landscape Before It’s Too Late? Thomas P. Vartanian The Right - “Despite the enormous improvements that technology has contributed to the human condition, if we do not choose to fix the way the Internet works, there remains the potential for a digital Pearl Harbor-type event.” 3/5/2023