A Reply to Henry George: “The Virtue of Nationalism” The Left - “Unless there are certain universal mores, then a preference for the national values of the United Kingdom over those of Iran seem purely aesthetic, not moral.” Matt McManus 10/20/2018
The Rebirth of History: Part I The Left - “Proponents of identity politics tended to push for these historically marginalized groups, in all their intersectional complexity, to have a greater say in the cultural and political dynamics of the day.” Matt McManus 10/11/2018
What the Left Can Learn From Søren Kierkegaard The Left - “I believe the Left has a great deal that is can learn from these arguments. For too long we have left problems of meaning to the Right, while largely focusing on issues of material equality and political participation.” Matt McManus 10/5/2018
Is Jordan Peterson More Postmodern Than He Thinks? The Left - “Peterson is aligned with the alt-right not because he is a card-carrying member but because both he and the alt-right are nostalgic for previous paradigms. They yearn for the America of yesteryear—the same time period Trump and his supporters envision when they call to ‘Make America Great Again.'” Grafton Tanner 10/3/2018
On Critical Legal Studies and the Limits of Critique The Left - “While the task of critique is always important, it is not sufficient if the expectation is simply that deconstructing regimes of marginalization will immanently lead to the emergence of some vaguely conceived egalitarian society.” Matt McManus 9/29/2018
Forget “Don’t Worry Be Happy.” Suffering Can Be Good for You The Left - “We are constantly told to free ourselves from our traumas and pain, but what if we just accepted them?” Natalia Lomaia 9/28/2018
Susan Wild: Why I’m Running for Congress The Left - “I have taken a pledge not to accept any corporate tax money. One of the first and most important reasons I took that pledge is because I think that the influence of ‘Big Pharma’ is far too great in our legislative body in Washington.” Erich J. Prince 9/24/2018
A Year and a Half After Mark Fisher’s Death, His Thinking Rings True The Left - “It is easier to imagine Emperor Palpatine of the Sith falling than to imagine a politician effectively challenging the power of Wall Street.” Matt McManus 9/15/2018
It’s Nostalgia That’s Driving Modern Politics The Left - “If the present seems increasingly like nothing more than a depressing prelude to a dark and unchanging future, it is unsurprising that individuals may look to past for answers to their personal problems.” Matt McManus 9/10/2018
On Antonin Scalia and the Problems With Originalism The Left - “It is the appealing but ultimately confusing conflation of textualism with Constitutional conservatism, of facts and norms, which gives textualism its ideological power.” Matt McManus 9/5/2018
Jordan Peterson and God The Left - “After my most recent piece on Jordan Peterson, a string of correspondents contacted me with further questions and comments about my opinions about the controversial Canadian Professor (not words one usually sees strung together).” Matt McManus 8/30/2018
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