In Reply to Geoffrey Miller: Polyamory Becomes Polygyny The Center - “Miller is a bit naïve here. He does not seem to notice that, as a general rule, polyamory eventually becomes polygyny.” Gabriel Andrade 11/29/2019
Why Yasmine Mohammed Is Speaking out Against Islam (Part II) The Center - “Actually, the two things that ex-Muslims let go of—the very last two things that they let go of—are eating pork and anti-Semitism. It’s because both of these things are so ingrained in us from such a young age.” Erich J. Prince 11/27/2019
Aeschylus’ “Prometheus Bound”: Where Is Meaning to be Found? The Center - “Aeschylus’ tragedy represents the most elemental aspects of our human condition: all human flourishing comes with a cost.” Chris Augusta 11/26/2019
What Share of Socialists Want to Abolish Families? The Center - “John Rawls, surely the most relevant philosopher of justice in the 20th Century, was aware of this problem and notoriously asked if the family should be abolished, with no clear answers.” Gabriel Andrade 11/24/2019
Why Yasmine Mohammed Is Speaking out Against Islam The Center - “What I was not prepared for was the tsunami of just hate and pushback and disdain that would come from people I thought were my people: people that believed in enlightenment values, Western values, and liberal values.” Erich J. Prince 11/23/2019
The Particular Discomfort Neurodivergents Have with Speech Codes The Center - “The patterns of behavior that characterize a broad part of the autistic spectrum are indirectly viewed as a hindrance towards the 21st-century diversity and inclusion goals.” Alessandro van den Berg 11/22/2019
The Solution to the “Incel” Problem The Center - “A State that hopes to mingle in the bedroom is one step closer to totalitarianism, and that is why sex redistribution is a horrifying prospect. But, while not enforcing it, the State, and most importantly, leaders of civil society (most crucially, intellectuals), should send the message that monogamy is a good thing.” Gabriel Andrade 11/13/2019
When the Left Doesn’t Like Science Either The Center - “At the time when postcolonialist scholars were saying these silly things (starting in the latter half of the 20th Century), some philosophers of science were also developing some strange ideas.” Gabriel Andrade 11/9/2019
Thomas Friedman, Barack Obama, and the Longstanding Tumult in Syria The Center - “Had Obama intervened strongly enough in 2013, Syria could have been his Bosnia, a long-running humanitarian disaster that a U.S. president halted after initially dragging his feet.” Michael D. Purzycki 11/7/2019
Pope Francis and “What Is Idolatry, Anyways?” The Center -   “And Pope Francis himself is wrong for, once again, being a populist and refusing to call a spade a spade; he wants support from the Left and thus defends Pachamama, but he also wants support from the Right and thus condemns idolatry.” Gabriel Andrade 11/4/2019
Augustine and the Politics of Love The Center - “Compared to the other classical political philosophers, Augustine stands apart from not articulating a preferred political order or what the ideal order would be. And that is the point.” Paul Krause 11/1/2019
Halloween Moral Panics, on Both the Left and Right The Center - “Despite the absurd views of evangelical pastors, college diversity officers, and Latin American leftist nationalists, Halloween is unstoppable, and this is for the good of humanity.” Gabriel Andrade 10/31/2019
Franco’s Exhumation: An Opportunity to End One-Sided Narratives The Center - “In fact, many of the generals who participated in the 1936 rebellion used the 1934 rebellion as an excuse: if the Left was not willing to give recognition to a legitimately constituted government, then now the Right was not under the obligation to do so, either.” Gabriel Andrade 10/29/2019
Somewhere Between the Marquis de Sade and the Twist The Center - “…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.” Clint Margrave 10/27/2019
Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, and the Left’s False Anti-Imperialist Crusade The Center - “Through rallying anti-war movements and opposing any Western intervention (including humanitarian missions), many Western socialist intellectuals have, in fact, turned themselves into foot soldiers for authoritarian and undemocratic regimes.” Sirvan Karimi 10/26/2019
“Things We Pretend Not to Know”: Douglas Murray and the Futilitarian Paradigm The Center - “Mill is pointing to a driver, perhaps the chief driver of inequality in our economic system. The ‘capital’ that young people today are unable to accumulate is, in fact, land (i.e. location) value.” Darren Iversen 10/24/2019
Sorry Noam Chomsky, the World Needs the United States The Center - “The United States has no other option but to, as Niall Ferguson phrases it, cease to be an empire-in-denial, and come to terms with the fact that, for now, the world needs a global policeman, and the United States is the one country that can play that role.” Gabriel Andrade 10/23/2019
The Similar Artistic Appeal of Jordan Peterson and Ta-Nehisi Coates The Center - “In a media environment where heady intellectuals spray the air with heady jargon, it is a joy just to have people who keep the spirit of human aspiration alive through art and creative representation.” Samuel Kronen 10/23/2019
The Left Is No Stranger to Conspiracy Theories Either The Center - “Matt McManus analyzes conspiracy mongering in the United States by focusing on President Donald Trump and Dinesh D’Souza (a right-wing nut), but he neglects to mention Oliver Stone or Louis Farrakhan, conspiracy theorists who sing to the tune of the Left.” Gabriel Andrade 10/22/2019
Enduring Lessons from Early 20th Century Neuroscience The Center - “More importantly to Cajal, however, is that theorists care more about telling a good story than giving it to us straight. When the current state of knowledge is disorganized and uninteresting, according to Cajal, that’s exactly what we should be saying.” Andrew Neff 10/20/2019
Coleman Hughes and Critiques of the Left: An Open Letter to McManus The Center - “Although the line seems quite clear as to when right-wing ideas have gone too far, the same clarity just isn’t there for when left-wing ideas go bad.” Samuel Kronen 10/18/2019
Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility Theory Falls Prey to Logical Fallacies The Center - “Unfortunately, in so blithely dismissing individualism, DiAngelo hinges her theory so heavily on collective, rather than individual, identity and experience that it dies on the sword of a logical fallacy.” Jonathan Church 10/16/2019
Shakespeare, a Political Theorist Too The Center - “That they are tragedies also reveals Shakespeare’s pessimistic outlook on politics. Politics is a tragic necessity. But it comes with a cost. Namely, the forsaking of love.” Paul Krause 10/15/2019
The Most Important Thing to Understand about Putin’s Russia The Center - Vladimir Putin may be President of the Russian Federation, but, for all the talk about the various events since he came to power, perhaps the most significant change to have taken place under Putin’s tenure is the elevation in power of the Russian Orthodox Church. Jack Dulgarian 10/14/2019
The $1 Per Day Issue The Center - “Given the endless current debates on immigration-related topics, the ‘$1 Per Day Issue’ issue has, at times, arguably been lost amid other questions that are frequently raised about our current immigration policies.” Erich J. Prince and Allen Zheng 10/10/2019
Napoleon Chagnon and the Myth of the Noble Savage The Center - “Two hundred years later, Venezuelans speak of natives as a national asset—and sometimes even a touristic attraction—that enhances their national pride, very much like oil fields, beauty queens, Miguel Cabrera, or Angel Falls.” Gabriel Andrade 10/9/2019
“Give Them An Argument: Logic For The Left”—A Review The Center - “Give Them An Argument, at times, reads like an instruction pamphlet on how to use logic to defeat our political opponents, a social democratic version of Sun Tzu’s Art Of War, and, in that sense, Burgis might have more in common with his overzealous conservative opponents that he might realize.” Samuel Kronen 10/7/2019
Jordan Peterson, Nietzsche, and Avoiding Living for Happiness Alone The Center - “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.'” Alessandro van den Berg 10/3/2019
Urging Restraint for the Transgender Community The Center - “It is not overwhelmingly different than when I, as a gay man, criticize the gay community for taking things too far by, for instance, bringing both borderline and actual nudity to public Pride Parades, especially in places where children are often present.” Curtis Powell 10/1/2019
Having Lived in the Marshall Islands, I Understand Greta’s Concerns The Center - “In 2016, fleeing Venezuela’s socialism, I took a teaching job in Majuro, the capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.” Gabriel Andrade 9/30/2019
Edward Snowden: Courageous Whistleblower or Useful Idiot? The Center - “Sadly, Snowden suffered from a syndrome that is too typical among activists in the West: in their zeal for criticism of their own country or civilization, they end up favoring other countries or civilizations that are far worse.” Gabriel Andrade 9/22/2019
Basic Errors? Winston Churchill Deconstructs Andrew Yang’s UBI The Center - “The outcome of Andrew Yang’s UBI would be higher rents and, most likely, a property bubble.” Darren Iversen 9/14/2019
Soccer and Remembering Women in Iran The Center - “Since women are banned from stadiums in Iran, a girl there was arrested for dressing as a boy in order to attend a soccer match. While awaiting trial, she incinerated herself to death.” Gabriel Andrade 9/12/2019
Interview: Rep. Jeff Van Drew on Getting the Two Parties to Work Together The Center - “America is an experiment in democracy like none other. I do believe in American exceptionalism. They spoke about many things, but one of the things that they spoke about was the fact that we should never be overly reliant on political parties.” Erich J. Prince 9/11/2019
Better Understanding Plato’s Republic The Center - “Plato’s Republic is not, primarily, asking the question ‘what is justice?’ as much as it is asking what kind of city do we live in? Before we can address any political issue we must first know whether we are living under a regime of tyranny or liberty.” Paul Krause 9/9/2019
Aristophanes: The First Poet Critic The Center - In the words of German poet Henrich Heine: “There is a God, and his name is Aristophanes.” Paul Krause 9/4/2019
On the Death of Immanuel Wallerstein The Center - “For that reason, I hold that Wallerstein’s ideas are very questionable, but his work is still worthy of consideration.” Gabriel Andrade 9/3/2019
The Amazon Fire and Phony Environmentalism The Center - “As with the opposition to GMOs and nuclear power, Morales’ free pass sadly proves that most environmentalist groups are not really about the environment. They are more about identity politics and, more importantly, about the hipness of being feel-good activists.” Gabriel Andrade 8/29/2019
Sophocles and the Necessity of Family The Center - “Instead of the gods being our deliverance, the family is the instrument of salvation and the bulwark against tyranny in his surviving plays.” Paul Krause 8/26/2019
Euripides: Oracle of Modernity The Center - “Euripides’ gods are the gods of Hesiod given a new, cunning, and manipulative makeover. Furthermore, they are depicted as clear threats to the human social order.“ Paul Krause 8/19/2019
Why Aeschylus Still Matters Today The Center - “But Aeschylus’ cosmos goes beyond Homer’s in presenting Reason, Persuasion, as an integral aspect of the cosmos that was otherwise absent in Homer.” Paul Krause 8/15/2019
Getting Consistent on Collective Blame The Center - “The Left cannot get enough of sociological explanations for all sorts of violence. It is never about individual responsibility; it is always about social structures.” Gabriel Andrade 8/10/2019
The Real Truth of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter The Center - “To DeSimone and his acolytes, two cold-blooded murderers were freed. To our system of justice, two persons, their innocence always in question, were unfairly tried and convicted.” Fred Martens 8/6/2019
Ricardo Rosselló Resigns, But There is Nothing to Celebrate The Center - “With this standard, if the private diaries or WhatsApp conversations of people were opened, prisons the world over would be swamped with inmates, and companies would fire half of its staff on a daily basis.” Gabriel Andrade 7/26/2019
What Popular Culture Gets Wrong about “El Chapo” The Center - “Almost one hundred years after his death, Villa’s image enjoys the allure of a romantic Robin Hood in Latin American imagination.” Gabriel Andrade 7/22/2019
What Happens to Those Who Investigate Government Corruption The Center - “I knew the consequences of looking into public corruption. You’re not going to make many friends, and you’re certainly going to make many enemies.” Erich J. Prince 7/21/2019
The Downsides of Subsidizing Sports The Center - “If history is any guide, subsidies (not just in sports, but in all spheres of economic life) do not usually work.” Gabriel Andrade 7/15/2019
I Love a Black Ariel, But I Hate Identity Politics The Center - “So, all those people that tweet #notmyariel are probably arguing that if Black Panther necessarily has to be black, Ariel necessarily has to be white.” Gabriel Andrade 7/12/2019
Is the Apostle Paul Relevant in the 21st Century? The Center - “Famously, Nietzsche despised Paul for distorting Jesus’ original message and bringing forth an obsession with sin. The result, in Nietzsche’s view, is Christianity’s unhealthy emphasis on guilt and renunciation.” Gabriel Andrade 7/8/2019
Burke’s Aesthetics Formed the Core of His Politics The Center - “Those who deal in political aesthetics have long noted that Burke’s aesthetics is the core ground of his outlook.” Paul Krause 7/1/2019
A Closer Look at Simón Bolívar The Center - “Insomuch as the historical figure of Bolívar still has considerable influence in contemporary Latin American politics, some demythologizing and criticism is in order.” Gabriel Andrade 6/28/2019
Poetry and Modernity The Center - “Any civilization or culture is itself a vast dynamic interpretation or, we could even say, a vast dynamic work of art.” Chris Augusta 6/26/2019
The Secular Age Fails to Escape Its Roots The Center - “These transformations in understandings of sacrifice culminate in what today we think of as our ‘liberation’ from centuries of naïveté and superstition.” Chris Augusta 6/22/2019
Pope Francis’ Change to the Lord’s Prayer: Another Cheap Applause Line The Center - “His purpose seems to be diverting attention from these real concerns, by projecting a revolutionary image of a kind Pope who preaches a loving God, far removed from the deity who destroys Sodom and Gomorrah with sulphur.” Gabriel Andrade 6/20/2019
When Superstitions Govern World Leaders The Center - “Maduro claims communication with Chávez via birds, but let us recall that George W. Bush once said that God told him to invade Iraq.” Gabriel Andrade 6/14/2019
We Will All Be Banned The Center - “TechCrunch uses the word ‘hate’ so many times—and so without any obvious meaning, that it strikes me as likely a form of attempted Pavlovian conditioning.” Allen Farrington 6/10/2019
Interview: Nicholas Christakis on His Latest Book The Center - “When I’m speaking of a good society, I’m not necessarily speaking of a good society in the 21st century. I’m speaking of a kind of good society that we have a blueprint to make, that is, in turn, written in our genes.” Erich J. Prince 6/10/2019
A Reasoned Approach to the Abortion Wars The Center - “Nobody can say with confidence exactly what a court will do. What is visible from our analysis is that it is likely not a slam dunk either way.” Ronald L. Carlson 6/8/2019
St. Peter and St. Paul: A “Bromance” That Never Was The Center - “Yet, Christianity is a more complicated religion, because in its traditions, fact and fiction intermingle, and it is not always  easy to determine which is which.” Gabriel Andrade 6/7/2019
Interview with Senator Isakson: Putting Veterans First The Center - “One thing is for sure in Washington is, no matter how tight or tough times are, veterans are a class to themselves; they are an issue to themselves. Partisanship rarely ever creeps into the VA.” Erich J. Prince 6/4/2019