How The Gospel Led To American Individualism And Prosperity (From Townhall )

The Great Experiment, America, has constructed the greatest civilization the world has ever seen.   While it took principles and practices from a variety of other civilizations, the configuration of the Great Experiment is utterly unique; never before has man put together such a system which has continuously delivered more freedom, liberty and prosperity.   [...]

Right-Wing Media Look at Parkland Student Activists and See a Reason to Gut Public Education (From The Intercept)

Right-Wing Media Look at Parkland Student Activists and See a Reason to Gut Public Education http://bit.ly/2HdeMyM Witnessing with horror a parade of articulate and smart teenagers speaking confidently about the role of intersectionality in the social movement they ignited, conservative leaders have seized on the explosion of activism launched by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School [...]

Commentary: Now, a different clash of civilizations (U.S.)

Commentary: Now, a different clash of civilizations http://reut.rs/2AYKGPu “The Darkest Hour,”  a film which emphasizes the courage and iron will of Winston Churchill through the first weeks of the Second World War, is drawing audiences and praise on its release in North America. It shows new generations that this man – mocked and marginalized in [...]

Origins of the alt-right, Part 2: White supremacy is deeply enmeshed in our culture (Salon)

Origins of the alt-right, Part 2: White supremacy is deeply enmeshed in our culture http://bit.ly/2BZNfh7 Loyal White Knights Grand Dragon Will Quigg shouts to protestors during a "White Pride" rally (Credit: AP/Mike Stewart) For Christian “dominionist” theology to take over our political system, it need not operate through explicitly religious-minded political leaders. Consider the case [...]

The women of the “alt-right” are speaking out against misogyny. They’d prefer absolute patriarchy. (Mic)

The women of the “alt-right” are speaking out against misogyny. They’d prefer absolute patriarchy. http://bit.ly/2A4SY3I The white supremacist right has a slogan, a clarion call that binds the movement across countries and generations. It’s called the “14 words”: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”Buried within that mantra [...]

Leo Strauss and the Pursuit of Knowledge: A Reply to Paul DeHart (Public Discourse)

Leo Strauss and the Pursuit of Knowledge: A Reply to Paul DeHart http://bit.ly/2BHpeup In a recent essay, Paul DeHart criticizes Leo Strauss’s conception of philosophy and the relationship between reason and revelation, by criticizing him on epistemological grounds. While Strauss never wrote a treatise on epistemology, DeHart nimbly reads between the lines to conclude that [...]

Freedom From "Fear Porn": In Defense of Cosmopolitan Elites, Polyglot Cultures, and Global Integration

Much has already been written about Donald Trump's speech to the Polish people earlier today. This speech, written (presumably) by White House fear-mongers Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon, adopts a dark and legitimately creepy Saruman-like vibe similar to Trump's inaugural address. James Fallows commented on the shift in tone of this speech from famous (and infamous) [...]

The Banality of Campus Speech Controversies

We may be reaching peak meltdown in the current campus "free speech" conflagration. The political correctness / free speech crisis has been a manufactured trope of the conservative right for decades, certainly dating back to the swirl surrounding Allen Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind and Dinesh D'Souza's Illiberal Education nearly three decades ago. [...]