On Nihilism and the Power of Nothing The Center - “While the mass man is the product of his history, the mass man recognizes no necessary connection or debt to his past. He is ‘the spoiled child of human history’ with a, ‘radical ingratitude to all that has made possible the ease of his existence.'” Chris Augusta 5/16/2019
On Trump Hatred: A Plea from the Heart(land) The Center - “Many features of this region have stood out—but few more prominently than the generosity of its people. They are devoted to their churches; they volunteer their time; they give to charity; they start charities; they adopt children.” David Eisenberg 5/13/2019
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
Beyond Ideology The Center - “How alien this experience of total control is to our everyday existence in the chaotic, inexplicable universe. For just this reason, we fashion ideologies to live out our fantasies of control.” Brandon Tucker 4/30/2019
Slavoj Žižek, Jordan Peterson, and Atheists Who Believe in God The Center - “Peterson’s importance is his powerful and influential insistence that religion is not arbitrary or malevolent—that in every developed form we encounter it, religious stories are archetypal of the human condition in a way nothing else can or ever will be.” Allen Farrington 4/25/2019
The Cinnabon Made Me Do It: Surprising Influences on Moral Behavior The Center - “These factors seem to have a demonstrable impact on our behavior, and yet are morally irrelevant in the sense that they should not matter to what a morally virtuous person would do. What should we make of results like these?” Christian Miller 4/22/2019
An Age-Old Question: Why Would God Allow Notre Dame to Burn? The Center - “Ultimately, it seems to me that the Notre Dame fire may indeed prove that that particular place of worship is not the abode of God.” Gabriel Andrade 4/20/2019
Three Lessons from the Rwandan Genocide, 25 Years Later The Center - “The 1994 tragedy proved that the concept of sovereignty must have limits, and that major powers do have a duty to intervene to alleviate humanitarian crises, such as genocides.” Gabriel Andrade 4/18/2019
The Racism Dialectic The Center - “In the contemporary political landscape, racism seems to be an indefatigable issue. I have noticed that those who advocate anti-racism, ironically, have a tendency to fight fire with fire—that is, racism with racism.” Paul Poitier 4/13/2019
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
What Can Thucydides Teach Us About China’s Rise to Power? The Center - “The problem with America as a maritime power in Asia is that, like the United Kingdom of yesteryear, the United States is not an Asian power.” Paul Krause 4/1/2019
Norman Ornstein Joins Erich Prince: “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” The Center - “It’s harder to demonize somebody if your kids are playing on the soccer field together, and you’re out there on a weekend afternoon.” Erich J. Prince 3/30/2019
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
Greg Lukianoff Joins Erich Prince: The Coddling of the American Mind The Center - “On campuses so far, I have been pleasantly surprised that I have been invited to talks that have been well-received and civil.” Erich J. Prince 3/16/2019
Editor’s Choice: The Best Political Speeches of the Past 55 Years The Center - A few recent political speeches worthy of the history books. Erich J. Prince 3/7/2019
Interview: Rick Ungar on His New Project “The Daily Centrist” The Center - “My reputation is, ‘Every conservative’s favorite liberal.’ That’s because I don’t hate people because I disagree with them.” Erich J. Prince 3/1/2019
Our Conversation With Berny Belvedere, Founder of Arc Digital The Center - “People who read us will gain a better perspective overall of the issues that we produce. Why wouldn’t we want to be as influential as possible?“ Henri Mattila 2/26/2019
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
“Feminism”: A War Against Women? The Center - “I am a single college student with jobs but no set career. Unlike Newman, I cannot speak for anyone else, but I can say that I did not appreciate her representation of our sex.” Sophia Redelfs 2/19/2019
In Defense of Jordan Peterson’s Religious Beliefs The Center - “However, [Peterson’s] general statements about God do, or would, find a home in Catholic and Orthodox theological dogma and tradition.” Paul Krause 2/18/2019
Religion and the Left: A Reply to McManus The Center - “The ideas of the Right are more powerful precisely because they are more primitive. Fraternity between differing religious, racial, and linguistic communities is of greater abstraction than fraternizing with one’s co-religionist and inter-linguistic community.” Emre Kazim 2/15/2019
What Is an Intellectual? The Center - “What is it, then, that intellectuals should do? In order to answer this question, it is first necessary to return to a claim made earlier, namely that the telling of truth cannot be the responsibility of an intellectual because being an intellectual, in its very definition, is truth-telling.” Emre Kazim 2/12/2019
Interview: Jonathan Haidt on What Underlies Polarization in America The Center - “In a sense, the Founding Fathers feared democracy because of the tendency of people to be carried away by their passion and easily led astray by demagogues, and I think that our modern polarization, augmented by social media, could well bring their worst fears to reality.” Erich J. Prince 1/30/2019
Interview: Kate Leaver Talks Friendship The Center - “I think reciprocity is a very important part of a friendship or, in fact, any type of relationship. I think having a balance where both of you are investing equal amounts of time and energy and love and attention into that relationship is really important.” Kambiz Tavana 1/24/2019
Helen Pluckrose Joins Erich Prince to Tell Areo’s Story The Center - “…Areo is bipartisan; it doesn’t take a side. I personally find that I agree with about 25% of the pieces I put out. The other 75%, I think they’re good, but I’m not convinced by their arguments ultimately.” Erich J. Prince 1/22/2019
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
Editor’s Choice: The Best Articles of 2018 The Center - A look back at our editor’s choices for our favorite Merion West articles of 2018. Erich J. Prince 12/31/2018
Editor’s Choice: The Best Interviews of 2018 The Center - A look back at our editor’s choices for our favorite Merion West interviews of 2018. Erich J. Prince 12/28/2018
Why Edmund Burke Would Oppose Originalism The Center - “Burke’s place in the American conservative pantheon is peculiar if not paradoxical.” Paul Krause 12/19/2018
Progress and Poverty at Amazon HQ2 The Center - “As has sometimes been noted, one can buy a castle in some parts of Europe for less than a modest condo in San Francisco.” Christopher England 12/15/2018
A Reply to Matt McManus: The Last Man The Center - “There appear then to be two kinds of people: those who presume history has ended and those who do not presume history has ended.” Chris Augusta 12/5/2018
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
What Can Machiavelli Teach Us About the Midterms? The Center - “For it is through political conflict that greater representation is born, more interests come to the table, and the expansion and development of liberty and order comes about.” Paul Krause 11/26/2018
Interview with Nassir Ghaemi: Can Mental Illness Make More Effective Politicians? The Center - “One of the basic concepts I had was that if there are some benefits to having some depression manic symptoms; the corollary is that there are some limitations to being normal and mentally healthy.” Erich J. Prince 11/17/2018
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
This Former Drug User Is Committed to Helping Others Get Clean The Center - “People are going to use, so let’s teach them how to use and limit the use correctly. This limits the damage and harm they can do to themselves until they reach a path of recovery.” Connor Mustakas 10/26/2018
Can Carl Schmitt Explain How We Got from the Cold War to Trump? The Center - After the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States and the West lost their common foreign enemy. Would the sense of rivalry that characterized these tensions abroad then turn inwards, once no common enemy remained? Paul Krause 10/24/2018
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
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
Georgia Attorney General: It’s Time to Stand Up to Gangs The Center - “In America, nearly half of all violent crimes are gang-related.” Chris Carr 9/17/2018
Interview: How Dollars and Cents Propel Sensational Media Coverage The Center - “I suggest that the ebbing of polarization has already been occurring. We’re just not aware of it because of what’s presented to us in the media. If you look at the polling numbers, Democrats and Republicans are minorities; the plurality of Americans identify as independents.” Erich J. Prince 9/10/2018
Joe Lieberman: Staying above Partisanship The Center - “The last four or five years I was in the Senate, there was simply no Democrat more conservative than any Republican and no Republican more liberal than any Democrat. And that’s just wrong. It’s unnatural.” Erich J. Prince 9/1/2018
How Attorneys May Attack Future Mueller Prosecutions The Center - “Rarely do media reports focus on the political leanings of prosecutors, investigators, or witnesses. It is, however, often a highly relevant consideration in cases where selective prosecution claims are made.” Vic Reynolds and Michael Scott Carlson 8/31/2018
What Wordsworth and Kanye West Have in Common The Center - It was Wordsworth who wrote in the language of the common man, thereby giving a microphone to those on the edges of society. Are the rappers of today following in his footsteps? Sophia Redelfs 8/26/2018
Better Angels: The Organization Out to Fight Polarization The Center - “Even if you continue to disagree on 90% of the issues, if you have a little bit of trust, understanding, and empathy, you might find common ground on that 10% or wherever you do have some agreement.” Nigel Thompson 8/25/2018
Life After Hate: A Conversation with a Former Skinhead The Center - “You can’t be a Neo-Nazi and be happy in life. It’s 100% impossible to be those two things at the same time.” Nigel Thompson 8/17/2018
What is Virtue? A Talk with Professor Christian B. Miller The Center - “I have no desire to be president for example. But in that one aspect, I’m motivated or inspired to have my character better reflect [Lincoln’s] character. Not bring him down to my level but bring my character up to his level.” Erich J. Prince 8/8/2018
Prince: The Biggest Problem When It Comes to Polarization The Center - “As Mayor Koch used to say: ‘If you agree with me on 9 out of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, see a psychiatrist.'” Erich J. Prince 7/27/2018
What Feminism Means Today: Speaking with Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers The Center - “[Feminism today sometimes] sees the world as a zero-sum struggle between Venus and Mars. But most women want equality, not war. Men aren’t their adversaries. They are their brothers, sons, husbands, and friends. We are in this together.” Erich J. Prince 7/26/2018
Philadelphia’s Homeless Are Finding New Hope Thanks to This Organization The Center - Now a year has passed from that day at St. John’s, and all Kreuzburg can think about is running and the effect it’s had on his life.   Nigel Thompson 7/18/2018
Has Modern Society Left Honor Behind? An Interview with Prof. Tamler Sommers The Center - “When we look back on honor cultures like the Mafia…They embrace values that are precisely what are lacking in our lives—like that fierce, passionate loyalty that Sonny has. He’s not thinking about his own self-interest. He’s thinking about the fact that that guy beat up his sister, and he needs to pay for it.” Nigel Thompson 7/8/2018
Can a Photograph Change History? Sitting Down with Ron Haviv The Center - A photograph Ron Haviv took at age 23 would be cited by George H.W. Bush when the President called for the American invasion of Panama. Since then, Mr. Haviv has traveled from conflict to conflict zone, producing photographs of some of the late-twentieth century’s most difficult periods of violence. Erich J. Prince 7/6/2018
Sparing Women and Children from Violence: Speaking with Dr. Samantha Nutt The Center - “[People] want to give back, they want to help out, and the mistake is in presuming that the most effective and transparent way of helping is to do the work ourselves—to get on a plane to see and participate in it being done.” Erich J. Prince 7/4/2018
What a Recent Supreme Court Ruling Means for Employment Law The Center - “As with all matters legislative, right now our partisan polarization stands in the way. But hope springs eternal that our better angels, and our ability to compromise—on this and other matters, will eventually return.” Weyman T. Johnson 7/2/2018
Staying above Partisanship: An Interview with Joe Lieberman The Center - “The last four or five years I was in the Senate, there was simply no Democrat more conservative than any Republican and no Republican more liberal than any Democrat. And that’s just wrong. It’s unnatural.” Erich J. Prince 7/1/2018
Investigative Journalism Today: New Mexico’s Scott Armstrong The Center - “Rather than going for the stories that are most easily obtained, which are also often the ones people want to leak, you ask yourself what is going to be permanent.” Nigel Thompson 6/17/2018
Interview: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer of Seton Hall Dorm Fire The Center - “It was critically important to me then, and it’s still critically important to me now that I do not take advantage of the subject of any photograph…for my benefits or for my agenda. We saw some really tough things, and it could have become gratuitous.” Erich J. Prince 6/14/2018