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
Godzilla and Environmental Pessimism The Center - “But like his philosophical cousins before him, Godzilla cannot exist because the ideas upon which he is based are incorrect. He cannot exist because pessimism is false.” Tom Hyde 6/15/2019
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