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
Interview: The Man Who Photographed Tiananmen Square The Center - “To tell you the truth, I am drawn to these dangerous events even though they scare the hell out of me. I am sure a shrink would have a field day with that…I guess there is an adrenaline rush in trying to capture images under dangerous situations and making it out alive.” Erich J. Prince 6/5/2018
Interview with Charles Wheelan: Let’s Get More Independents in American Politics The Center - “You cited the race between Romney and Obama and that the Independents seemed to choose one or the other. My question for the political scientists would be: ‘Who was the Independent in that race?'” Erich J. Prince 5/28/2018
On Marxism, Post-Modernism, and “Cultural Marxism” The Center - The attempt to conflate Marxism and post-modernism under the label of “cultural Marxism” is, at the very least, highly problematic. Matt McManus 5/18/2018
Leisure: When It Becomes an Unexpected Curse The Center - “It’s what Irving Babbitt meant when he wrote that happiness is to be found in work if at all. Or why John Adams would write that he was happiest on days he felt most purposeful.” Erich J. Prince 5/17/2018
Interview: Jay Bahadur, The Man who Chronicled the Somali Pirates The Center - “My point was always, ‘Look, this is the hook.’ Piracy is the hook, if you want to get people interested in Somalia’s problems and the region’s problems; you’re not going to get them to read a World Food Programme treatise.” Erich J. Prince 5/10/2018
Unpaid Internships, Waiters, and Minimum Wage Exemptions: Interview with Labor Law Expert The Center - Some argue that minimum wage laws should be differentiated by both industry and region. After all, it doesn’t cost as much to live in Macon, Georgia as it does to live in New York City. Erich J. Prince 5/5/2018
Interview: Jewish Activist Rebecca Wald is Working to End Circumcision The Center - “I think it’s awful. It’s shocking what people are willing to accept just because everyone else in their community goes along.” Erich J. Prince 4/28/2018
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