To Stand up to China, the West Must First Re-Discover Itself

The lack of backbone displayed by Western leaders when dealing with China is symbolic of the malaise that has been gripping Western culture for decades.”

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The Many Problems with Marxism

(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

“I recently met up with an old friend, a staunch Marxist, at a traditional Viennese café to catch up and talk about our political differences. After hours of discussion, he admitted, ‘Well, ultimately, it’s a question of faith.'”

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Merion West: Why We Do What We Do

“Just as some married couples renew their vows, we, as a publication, will take a moment to do the same and explain why we’re still doing what we’re doing.”

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Nietzschean Thirst

“Those known as ‘the rabble,’ whom Zarathustra describes as fit only to be slaves, ultimately dwell within every human soul. It is that lowly thing in each of us which must be pitilessly overcome.”

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I Didn’t Vote for Trump But Strongly Oppose His Impeachment

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However, now—after seeing how he has been treated by Democrats since he was elected—he will have my vote in 2020.”

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Enough Empathy: the Case for Punching Down

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“…because heedless empathy for the worst among us is currently leading us on the downward-sloping path to mediocrity and beyond.”

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Editor’s Choice: The Best Interviews of 2019

(David Butow—Redux for TIME)

As is tradition at Merion West, here are the editor’s choices for our favorite Merion West interviews of 2019.

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Editor’s Choice: The Best Articles of 2019

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As is tradition at Merion West, here are the editor’s choices for our favorite Merion West articles of 2019.

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As the Year Closes: Appreciating One’s Political Opponents

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“In this spirit I would like to thank all the many individuals who have written or commented on my writing the last year, especially those who have offered sincere and interesting criticisms that have helped me develop my understanding of the world.”

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Why Everyone Is Talking about Josh Hawley


Hawley talks again and again about the importance of community and criticizes those on both sides of the political aisle who pay fealty to an individualism that puts the self-creating individual at the summit of what constitutes the good.

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Somewhere Between the Marquis de Sade and the Twist

(Clint Margrave)

“…nor could [Houellebecq] have emerged from the hundreds of wallet-siphoning creative writing MFA programs, whose grasp on the American literary world has sanitized literature to an unreadable degree.”

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Jordan Peterson, Nietzsche, and Avoiding Living for Happiness Alone

The resistance displayed towards these important thinkers is most regrettable, and for all the Complacent Men quick to criticize them, doing so makes you no closer to achieving your ever so desired—and elusive—’happiness.'”

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Having Lived in the Marshall Islands, I Understand Greta’s Concerns

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In 2016, fleeing Venezuela’s socialism, I took a teaching job in Majuro, the capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.”

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Where Tolstoy Departs from Dostoevsky

“Tolstoy was not naïve in thinking that social and political reform would end all forms of evil in human life. Like Dostoevsky, he was very well aware that much wickedness flowed from the pride and vanity of men like Napoleon or the Russian tsars.”

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Sen. David Perdue: Making Washington More Results-Oriented

We need to go back to what the Founding Fathers and Mothers had in mind: a citizen-legislator—somebody that comes here, tries to get results, and then goes home and lets the next person try.”

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