A Rocking Chair with a Fan? Parallels with Psychotherapy

This modest and inconspicuous doctor published a 2018 guide for lay people, describing simple methods for helping people with mental health problems, entitled Where There Is No Psychiatrist.”

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Patriotism: The Supreme Political Virtue

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“Here, Smith steps in, and he admirably makes a case to both the Left and the Right that patriotism is a worthy political virtue in need of resuscitation here in the United States.”

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In Support of Snobbery

“The work of totalitarianism takes a lot of muscle, but most of it is done by just one: the wooden tongue.”

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An Open Letter to The Rumpus

“…I cannot stand by while supposedly smart, thoughtful, and vocal leaders in the literary world choose to misuse (or condone the misuse of) the word ‘genocide.'”

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Review: Chris Bail’s “Breaking the Social Media Prism”

“To explain why the echo chamber corrective flopped, Bail puts forth an alternative theory of how today’s social media is helping drive polarization and mutual contempt between partisans.”

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Sohrab Ahmari and Michael Brendan Dougherty on Reclaiming Faith, Family, and Nation

“In an age of iconoclasm, Ahmari reiterates the indispensable need for the icon of tradition that points beyond itself to the everlasting, and Dougherty captures how the icon of national particularism can also point beyond itself to the universal.”

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The Greatest of the Forgotten Conservative Thinkers

“A polity of such geopolitical importance would surely be expected to have birthed an intellectual reaction to the French Revolution that was comparable to its formidable military response.”

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Buy Out the Settlers

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The United States can offer a very innovative solution to a seemingly intractable conflict: Pay Israel to withdraw its settlers.”

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The Cult of Democracy

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“The bigger the election’s participation, the bigger the mandate, and so universal suffrage elections have grown into unwieldy, ugly beasts.”

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Beware of False Humanists

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At the same time, I cannot find a single discovery in the history of science that has been made by following the conviction that everybody is different.”

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The Two-faces of Classical Music: the Bureaucratic Tyranny of Music Schools

(Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music)

“The reasoning has nothing whatsoever to do with functionality; indeed, it has nothing whatsoever to do with viruses or health safety. The reasoning is about symbolizing conformity to bureaucratic rule.”

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Stoicism Offers an Antidote to Cancel Culture

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From a eudaimonic well-being perspective, the act of cancelling those we do not like—more often than not—leaves us worse off, precisely because it robs us of an opportunity to create the best version of ourselves.”

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Review: Stephan Haggard and Robert Kaufman’s “Backsliding”

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“With that said, there is considerably more to democratic regression than the simplistic idea of evil, right-wing leaders whose ideas resonate with bad people.”

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A Brit’s Friendly Advice to American Conservatives

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“In order to win, the American Right needs to bury dead dogmas, get its head out of abstract Platonic idealism, and look reality in the face.”

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Time To Get Vaccinated…Against Propaganda

To these people, lockdown has been a raging success. To everybody else, it has been an unmitigated disaster.”

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