Political Journalism: Rarely Scratching the Surface of Life The Center - “But the columns that stick with us most of all rarely touch on the polls or the name-calling. Instead, they might be retired Philadelphia Inquirer staff writer Bill Lyon’s ‘viewpoints’ columns, which chronicle the dissolution of his memory as he suffers from Alzheimer’s.” Erich J. Prince 4/26/2018
Interview with Sen. Isakson: Combating Veteran Suicide and Addiction The Center - “I’m a Vietnam era veteran myself. The stigma of suicide today is only a fraction of what it was back then…Times are changing, and we are trying to meet those changes to get people taken care of in a timely way.” Erich J. Prince 4/20/2018
Polling is Alive and Well: An Interview with Gallup’s Editor-in-Chief The Center - One pundit said that “data died” after the 2016 presidential election. Gallup’s editor-in-chief doesn’t think so. Erich J. Prince 4/17/2018
What It Means to be a Historian in the 21st Century: An Interview with Dan Carlin The Center - “I want to tickle a certain part of your brain, a thinking person’s part of your brain. We don’t really like giving answers on our podcasts. I ask questions.” Alex Baltzegar 4/16/2018
Addiction Specialist: The Real Cause of the Opioid Crisis The Center - In an attempt to fix the stigma, my field started overpathologizing normality in an unconscious attempt to make everybody feel more empathy towards people who are mentally ill. Erich J. Prince 3/24/2018
President of Civil War Museum: Similarities Between the Elections of 1860 and 2016 The Center - The American Civil War Museum president S. Waite Rawls discusses how both 1860 and 2016 witnessed fractured political parties, anti-immigrant sentiments, and clear divides in voting patterns between different geographical factions of Americans. Erich J. Prince 3/20/2018
The Fragility of Iraq’s Present and Future The Center - Temporary progress may be reversed by the country’s upcoming election, growing Iranian influence and international strategy. Emmaly Read 3/17/2018
Duverger’s Speed Bump The Center - Independent votes aren’t determined by choosing the lesser of evils. It’s long-term strategy. Dale Ritchie 3/13/2018
An Unlikely Friendship: A Liberal and a Segregationist The Center - “James Strom Thurmond…he was one complex guy. For what else would explain that he asked a guy named Biden from the state of Delaware to be one of his eulogists?” Erich J. Prince 3/5/2018
You’re Probably Not Actually a Libertarian The Center - Most college students claiming to be libertarians are actually just traditional conservatives misidentifying themselves. It’s because universities still take libertarian arguments seriously. Erich J. Prince 3/1/2018
Atlanta Area DA: We Need to Do Something about Gangs The Center - Criminal street gangs are responsible for an average of 48 percent of violent crime in most jurisdictions, yet the mainstream media gives almost no attention to the issue. Vic Reynolds and Michael Scott Carlson 2/20/2018
An Interview with Dave Rubin: We Need to Listen to One Another The Center - Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report discusses the left’s opposition to free speech, polarization, third party candidates, and finding common ground in an interview with Merion West. Erich J. Prince 2/12/2018
How One Organization Is Taking on Partisan Polarization The Center - Unite America is on a mission to bring the moderates back to government. Henri Mattila 2/3/2018
In Defense of Two Parties The Center - Although it may be a pastime to bash the two-party system, it is probably better than any of the alternatives. Henry Glitz 1/25/2018
The Ranging Responses to Trump’s Now Infamous “S–hole” Comment The Center - While many condemn President Trump’s alleged use of such vulgar language, some question the validity of said reports. Others agree with the President’s sentiment. Adam Seltzer 1/20/2018
Bitcoin: Four Contrarian Perspectives The Center - A Nobel Laureate economist, the next Chairman of the Fed, an investment banker and a legendary investor weigh in on the Bitcoin phenomenon. Henri Mattila 1/13/2018
An Interview with Anti-Aging’s Pioneer The Center - “This field is still considered by most to be something that is not really science, something that is not really possible, and we really have to change that.” Erich J. Prince 1/8/2018
Interview with a Centrist Former Member of Congress The Center - “It’s been proven that the more centrists there are in Congress, the more bills get passed and are enacted into law.” Erich J. Prince 1/4/2018
I Served in a Foreign Military, and It Was Perfectly Legal The Center - As my family swore an oath to pledge allegiance to the United States, a year later I was swearing allegiance to the Republic of Finland. Henri Mattila 1/3/2018
Editor’s Choice: The Top Five Merion West Articles of 2017 The Center - A look back on our editor’s choices for their favorite Merion West articles of 2017. Staff 12/30/2017
Want to Help Disabled People? Treat Them as Individuals The Center - Our human nature, something that is capable of cruelty or goodness, is something we all have in common, whether able or disabled. Henry George 12/29/2017
The Speech That Would Have Been Read If the Moon Landing Failed The Center - Did you know the Nixon Administration prepared a speech that would have been delivered if Apollo 11 had ended in disaster? Erich J. Prince 12/28/2017
2016 Presidential Candidate: Why Are We Not Investing in Anti-Aging? The Center - We have a healthcare system that does not believe that the normal human lifespan can or should be extended. Erich J. Prince 12/25/2017
ActBlue: Remaking Political Fundraising The Center - One organization you have probably never heard of has raised billions for progressive campaigns. Henri Mattila 12/11/2017
Can Polarization Be a Good Thing? The Center - A final positive consequence of polarization is that it slows down the government. Eddie Ferrara 12/7/2017
Forever in Vogue: Corruption in the Capitol The Center - From the Abscam days to the present, political corruption in America appears to be all but inescapable. It is a societal problem in need of correction. However, it must be solved on an individual level. Nicholas Tibollo 11/25/2017
Trump’s America: Anything But a Banana Republic The Center - Political repression is commonplace across the developing world. To maintain power, authoritarian rulers intimidate and imprison their competitors. Comparing Donald Trump to someone like Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe is inaccurate and unwarranted. Nicholas Tibollo 11/19/2017
Reasons to Be Skeptical of UBI The Center - While the idea has attracted fervent support from across the political spectrum, practical constraints keep it from being anything other than a utopian pipe dream. Eddie Ferrara 11/17/2017
From Crisis to Conspiracy: The 1979 Iran Hostage Situation The Center - The Iran Hostage Crisis introduced America to political Islam and helped usher in a new era of conservatism, but the lasting legacy of the ordeal remains linked to a fictitious scheme and human fallibility. Nicholas Tibollo 11/10/2017
Pepe the Frog: The Roots of a Symbol The Center - Opinion: This frog is the banner of the forgotten young male, with no place in the world. Alexander Blum 11/5/2017
Crickets on the Catwalk The Center - Former model discusses why fashion models have remained silent on the subject of sexual harassment. Bailey Ward 11/1/2017
It’s Time to End the Epidemic of Sexual Crime by Men in Power The Center - Ailes is dead. Weinstein is in rehab. Yet, the culture they thrived in remains intact. Aubrey Strobel 10/26/2017
We Need More Humane Prisons The Center - If the mark of a society is how it treats its most marginal, we need to do something about our prisons. Erich J. Prince 10/8/2017
Mighell: Require Constitutional Study in Public Schools The Center - The Constitution is still relevant today. We should expose more people to it, so they can make up their minds how they want it to be applied, rather than addressing government with minimal knowledge of how it works. Connor Mighell 10/1/2017
The Myth of Financial Deregulation in the U.S. The Center - Is it time to rethink some common assumptions about financial regulation? Levi Russell 9/28/2017
The Unintended Consequences of Regulation The Center -   Why the cost of regulation might offset the benefits. Levi Russell 9/15/2017
A Conservative and A Liberal Agree on Ending DACA The Center - Might ending DACA be a first step toward immigration reform? Connor Mighell and Andrew Smith 9/10/2017
Is the Media Honest (with Examples)? The Center - A nonpartisan look at a few stories peddled by the mainstream media. Mitchell Nemeth 9/4/2017
Rethinking Vocational Education The Center - Why a vocational education might be worth it Nicole Ault 9/1/2017
Censoring Spencer Only Makes Him Louder The Center - As an increasing number of universities take a stand against alt-right figures, perhaps it’s the wrong approach. Adam Barsouk 8/23/2017
Confederate Memorials Endorse Treason And Racism The Center - Remember, we are all one country now. Dismiss from your mind all sectional feeling, and bring them up to be Americans. Tony Black 8/21/2017
Is it Fair To Call Antifa ‘The Real Fascists’? The Center - They hope to attach to Antifa the same stigma as is attached to fascism. William Mann 8/19/2017
The Danger of Donating Clothes The Center - While charity is often considered the highest virtue, donating used clothes has the power to destroy the economies of developing nations. Rohan Batlanki 8/18/2017
The Pundits and Politicians Are Wrong about Healthcare The Center - Opinion: A change in perspective is necessary if we wish to get a handle on America’s healthcare problems. Zach Milne 8/16/2017
In Defense of Free Speech The Center - Private sector freedom of speech has limits, nevertheless, the spirit of the First Amendment remains essential to a flourishing, free society. Mitchell Nemeth 8/16/2017
Is Foreign Aid Actually Effective? The Center - Image via DVIDSHUB Foreign aid has lifted millions of people out of poverty and tremendously improved diplomatic relations around the world. Elisa Moore 8/13/2017
The United States is No Longer a Government “Of the People” The Center - Businessmen, career politicians, and lawyers are incapable of effectively representing the interests of all Americans. Adam Barsouk 8/11/2017
The Solution to Health Care That Nobody is Talking About The Center - Subsidizing preventative medicine would be more cost effective than what politicians are proposing. Mitchell Nemeth 8/11/2017
Merion West Interviews Zoltan Istvan, Candidate for Governor of CA The Center - Transhumanist and libertarian, Zoltan Istvan, discusses his vision for the state of California and why he believes he should be its governor. Erich J. Prince 8/7/2017
We Can (and Should) Legislate Morality The Center - We can legislate morality. We do it all the time. Connor Mighell 7/27/2017
Conservatives Should Oppose Trump’s Transgender Ban The Center - To deny someone the right to serve their country in this capacity is downright despicable. Joel Gillison 7/27/2017
Keep Money in Politics  The Center - Despite its critics, money in politics is a good thing. Campaign ads, especially negative ones, help voters make better-informed decisions. Connor Mighell 7/19/2017
Yes, Mr. President, Foreign Intelligence is Different The Center - Former Congressman Bob Barr’s take on our current intelligence climate. Congressman Bob Barr 7/15/2017
North Korea: The Iron Curtain of Our Generation The Center - Can we do anything about the horrific human rights violations in North Korea? Alexa Boncimino 7/13/2017
The Truth about Opioids The Center - Combating an opioid epidemic of this scale is no small task, but there are solutions. Huan Tri Nguyen 7/12/2017
Michelle Carter Deserved Her Sentence The Center - The only so-called “freedom” an American citizen will lose from this verdict is the previously-unchallenged freedom to try your hardest to make those who love you die. Cassie Kuhn 6/22/2017
Did You Know Jefferson Davis Has a “Presidential Library” in Mississippi? The Center - Every President since Herbert Hoover has received an official, federally-funded presidential library. The only President of the Confederacy now has one too. But it’s supported by the State of Mississippi instead. Staff 6/21/2017
Decorum is a Thing of the Past, Even in the Senate The Center - Nowadays even senators are stooping to freely using profanity. Joel Gillison 6/20/2017
What Do the UK Election Results Mean for Brexit and America? The Center - Will the results of the UK’s recent election trigger havoc for the American economy or will it foster more cooperation between two of the largest democracies in the world? Pranav Prakash 6/18/2017
Analysis: The Qatar Imbroglio The Center - Is there more to the situation in Qatar than immediately meets the eye? Pranav Prakash 6/10/2017