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
While the Media Talks “Varsity Blues,” Eerily Quiet on Gangs The Right - “It is high time for media sources and critics to alike engage in serious introspection on their seemingly universal reticence—some might say outright resistance—to responsibly report and comment on gangs.” John Melvin and Michael Carlson 4/12/2019
A 30-Year-Old Trial Still Speaks Volumes about Castro The Center - “While Eastern Europeans were celebrating the arrival of democracy in 1989, Cuba went through one of its darkest episodes.” Gabriel Andrade 4/10/2019
When the Lights Go Out in Venezuela The Center - “Socialists frequently tell us that in their ideal system, private property of the common man is to be respected; only major industries are to be seized…Well, that is exactly what socialism did in Venezuela, and it has not been pretty.” Gabriel Andrade 3/21/2019
Pinna: Ocasio-Cortez on the Road The Right - “In the face of all of this evidence, let’s give Cortez another shot and ask one more question: why does it even matter if she was hypocritical? Aside from her being an elected official that people are supposed to trust, it’s because she made it matter.” Matthew Pinna 3/8/2019
When Debating the Border, Let’s Remember Gangs The Center - “With well over one million gang members criminally operating in the United States…Terms like ‘occupation’ come to mind.” John Melvin and Michael Carlson 2/24/2019
The Future of Political “Gotcha” Moments The Right - “The nail in a candidate’s political coffin, if not hammered in during their impromptu improv session, can also be found after the fact in what generally ends up being the ‘meatier’ section: the Q&A.” Matthew Pinna 2/22/2019
Nemeth: If “Fascism” Comes, Will It Come from the Left? The Right - “While perhaps progressive values are well-intentioned, their tactics have been disastrous and have threatened all of our freedoms, not to mention undermining core American ideas like due process.” Mitchell Nemeth 2/9/2019
Does Anti-Semitism Run Concurrent with the BDS Movement? The Right - “I can tell you that many protesters who advocate for ‘Palestine’ would find themselves not so welcome in its territories. The outspoken feminists at the National Women’s Studies Association who endorse BDS and attack the Jewish state would not be so loud on the streets of Hebron.” Race Hochdorf 2/5/2019
Pinna: A Partial Defense of Standardized Testing The Right - “Real change has to be made with how standardized testing companies operate, but at its core, the standardized test is an excellent resource for universities and shouldn’t be removed.” Matthew Pinna 1/23/2019
One and Done? Studying the First Step Act’s Lone Anti-Gang Restriction The Center - “Will the First Step Act protect against the release of gang members?” James Callaway 1/19/2019
Should Congress Revise Federal Laws Against Lying? The Center - “When Justice Ginsburg reviewed his case, her concurring opinion warned that the federal false statements statute arms government agents with authority to generate felonies.” Ronald L. Carlson 1/2/2019
The First Step Act Doesn’t Do Enough about Gangs The Center - “Communities do not have ‘gang problems.’ America has a gang crisis.” James Callaway 1/1/2019
A Response to Matthew Pinna: The Market Is Not Top-Down The Right - “The mere fact that ‘girl’ scooters exist proves that girls tend to have different preferences than boys when making consumer decisions.” Lucas Gigliozzi 12/3/2018
Trump’s Real Victory Is Redefining the Republican Party The Center - “Johnson understood that winning an election was much less important than winning a party. Elected offices came and went every couple of years; parties were institutions anchored in place by their coalitions and organizers.” Christopher England 11/27/2018
From UC Berkeley to Washington, Radicalism Prevails The Right - “In a democracy like ours, perception is reality, and the predictable outcome at Berkeley (and other places) was groupthink and radicalization because a fact-based discourse failed to materialize.” Pieter Sittler 11/25/2018
New Jersey Should Not Be Funding Local Journalism The Right - “I agree that without local news, communities suffer from a dearth of necessary information, but this bill opens up way more problems than it fixes.” Matthew Pinna 11/14/2018
Let Them Speak: Censoring Controversial Speakers Gets Us Nowhere The Right - “If a speaker from the alt-right attracts listeners, it is useless to rush to block him. The better approach is to engage in deep thinking to determine why so many people are willing to follow these messages.” Kambiz Tavana 11/8/2018
U.S. Attorney: A Plan to Curb the Opioid Epidemic The Center - “Through persistent and coordinated action by federal, state, and local authorities, together with the assistance of medical professionals and other leaders in our community, we can put a stop to the spread of opioids and their wake of destruction.” Bobby L. Christine 11/7/2018
Anderson Cooper Is Wrong; Journalists Should Vote Too The Center - “I hope that on Tuesday, Anderson Cooper—and all journalists wrestling with the same question—show up to the polls.” Matthew Pinna 11/6/2018
Mobs, Jobs, and the Need for a National Gang Prosecution Law The Right - “Putting Georgia gang membership calculations into chilling context, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Bobby Christine imparted, ‘Think about that. At its height, ISIS probably didn’t have 35,000 members.'” Vic Reynolds and Michael Scott Carlson 11/1/2018
Jordan Peterson, Women, and Who Really Makes 80% of Consumer Decisions The Right - “The debate about gender and the market can’t be won with a single sentence—or with a single disputed statistic like the 80% figure. It is a nuanced discussion.” Matthew Pinna 10/22/2018
Feminists of the West, Women Are Hurting in the Middle East The Center - Instead of worrying about “manspreading” or subtle displays of sexism, feminists in the West need to focus on major problems affecting women in the world, like being shot going to school or female genital mutilation. Yasmine Mohammed 10/16/2018
Are Hispanics White? The Answer Has Sweeping Political Implications The Right - “For those of us nerdy enough to frequent the annals of the U.S. Census, it was a jarring thing to hear that Puerto Rico is 70 percent white, according to its own inhabitants!” Eddie Ferrara 10/5/2018
When Facebook Spills Blood The Center - “There is no debate about whether social media might fuel genocidal violence. It already has. The question is how best to meet our moral responsibility.” Matt Salisbury 9/25/2018
Winning the Sanctuary City Debate Through Passage of a National Gang Prosecution Law The Right - “Most Americans would be astonished to discover that, despite the devastating size, scope, and magnitude of gang crime, no federal statutory framework specifically designed to prosecute gangs exists.” Vic Reynolds and Michael Scott Carlson 9/19/2018