Desperately Seeking Consistency The Center - “And, as Michael Lind pointed out in Tablet, Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill was not the only Capitol Hill taken over by extremists thanks to a lax police presence—witness ultra-progressive Seattle.” Michael D. Purzycki 1/15/2021
Transgender Rites: How Trans Activism Manipulates Public Opinion The Center - “The notion that gender identity is a matter of self-identification, separate from biological sex, not only flies in the face of science but also leads to circular reasoning.” Gerfried Ambrosch 1/15/2021
Mr. President, Please Consider Following John Adams’s Example The Center - “So, if President Trump sticks to his plans not to attend the inauguration of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, he has a remaining option that still very much respects the peaceful transfer of government set into place by our nation’s Founders.” Zachary Rose 1/13/2021
The Woke Mob vs. the Trump Mob: the Real Double Standard The Center - “There is a real double standard at work. It is a glaring one, not the one President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris claim exists but, rather, the one they want to gaslight us into accepting.” Alexander Zubatov 1/13/2021
What Ails Us? The Center - “The loss of faith in America, its promises, and its constitutional and democratic ideals augurs not only American decline, but American collapse.” Thomas Koenig 1/12/2021
The Trump Putsch The Center - “While I am happy to endorse some of President Trump’s policies, I am not willing to endorse his self-serving legal maneuvering simply for the sake of these policies I support.” Jonathan Church 1/6/2021
The Historic Unifying Potential of the U.S. Constitution The Center - “Professor McConnell’s extensive study of the substance and scope of presidential power under the Constitution has convinced me that the unifying capacity of the Constitution could perhaps be revived.” Thomas Koenig 1/6/2021
Editor’s Choice: the Best Interviews of 2020 The Center - As has become something of a tradition each year at Merion West, here are our editor’s choices for his favorite interviews of this past year. Erich J. Prince 12/31/2020
H. R. McMaster: How He Sees China, and the World The Center - “And so I think we have to resist the tendency to try to define a new administration’s foreign policy mainly as an opposition to the administration that came before it.” Thomas Koenig 12/30/2020
Walter Lippmann and the Dilemma of Democracy The Center - “In his 1922 book, Public Opinion, Lippmann notes that in a representative democracy, members of the public are expected to form opinions regarding public affairs with which they have no direct contact.” Thomas Koenig 12/29/2020
A Janus-faced America The Center - “Yet, despite the extremes we have confronted this year, there might be a way of turning away from this ‘great divide.'” John Tuttle 12/27/2020
Editor’s Choice: the Best Articles of 2020 The Center - “As is tradition at Merion West, here are our editor’s choices for his favorite Merion West articles of this past year.” Erich J. Prince 12/26/2020
An Enchanted Christmas with John Wesley The Center - “Wesley’s hymns remind us of all that is good in the world and all that is true about the human condition.” Paul Krause 12/20/2020
Kristof and WuDunn’s “Tightrope”: an Essential Book The Center - “Whether one agrees with none, some, or all of their policy prescriptions, Tightrope approaches the status of a must-read.“ Thomas Koenig 12/19/2020
Slavoj Žižek, Leszek Kołakowski, and the Ontological Gap The Center - “I would argue that we must vigilantly guard against viewing ourselves as gods or otherwise infusing and inflating our fallible natures and politics with a divine authority.” Nick Opyrchal 12/17/2020
Escaping Tumblr The Center - “I was also on Tumblr with an agenda. Over the past ten months, I had stumbled deeper and deeper into the neurodiversity movement, which frames autism as an identity as well as a disability and blames society for ‘oppressing’ autistics.” Lucy Kross Wallace 12/17/2020