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Mercy

Mercy for Dylann Roof by Christopher O. Tollefsen.

Showing mercy to Dylann Roof by refusing to impose the death penalty would respect the acts of both his victims, who showed him welcome, and their families, who showed him forgiveness. In this way, good could be drawn from evil, and the sinfulness of Dylann Roof’s actions could be overcome by love.

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Hebrew

Hebrew May Be World’s Oldest Alphabet by Walt Bonner.

The oldest recorded alphabet may be Hebrew. According to a controversial new study by archaeologist and ancient inscription specialist Douglas Petrovich, Israelites in Egypt took 22 ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and turned them into the Hebrew alphabet over 3,800 years ago.

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Church

A New Orthodox Church next to the Eiffel Tower Boosts Russian Soft Power by Erasmus.

Russian Orthodoxy in France has evolved from underground churches to towering onion domes.

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Communication

Communicating the Good: The Politics and Ethics of ‘The Common Good’ by Oliver O’Donovan.

“Communication” is the readiness to assert a private interest only to the extent that it can become a common interest. The private interest must first be located within the common interest.

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Inadequacy

On the Bipartisan Inadequacy of Governing Elites: A General Theory of Trump’s Victory by Carson Holloway.

A bipartisan record of inadequacy by governing elites incapable of admitting their failures led to the election of Donald Trump. Thankfully, America is vast, diverse, and free enough to give itself a new governing elite if the old one can’t learn.

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Aged

Ask the Aged by Karl Pillemer.

Who better to answer questions about the purpose of life than someone who has been living theirs for a long time?

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Hates

Why Vladimir Putin Hates Us by John R. Schindler.

Western inability to grasp what motivates our enemies is nothing new.

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Submits

Germany Submits to Sharia Law by Soeren Kern.

A German court has ruled that seven Islamists who formed a vigilante patrol to enforce Sharia law on the streets of Wuppertal did not break German law and were simply exercising their right to free speech.

The ruling, which effectively legitimizes Sharia law in Germany, is one of a growing number of instances in which German courts are — wittingly or unwittingly — promoting the establishment of a parallel Islamic legal system in the country.

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Reshaping

David Conway reviews Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam Is Reshaping the World by Shadi Hamid.

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Battle

Keith Ellison and the Battle for the Democratic Party by David A. Graham.

The Minnesota progressive’s run for DNC chair demonstrates the pressures for the party as it tries to recover from a disastrous 2016 election.

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Fake

The Fake News Fake Story by Philip Giraldi.

“Fake stories” are in the news. The narrative goes something like this: fabricated accounts that misrepresent “the truth” are proliferating on the internet, and once they appear on a social networking site, they are frequently spread far and wide, often doing serious damage along the way to whatever or whomever was the target of the initial posting. Reportedly, Google and Facebook are now alert to the problem and doing their best to monitor and eliminate such material. How exactly that will work is not yet clear, as it would be blatant censorship, and the relative openness of the internet is a major part of its appeal.

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Right

Can the Democrats Move Right? by Ross Douthat.

Since Election Day the great intra-Democratic debate over What Went Wrong has been dominated by two visions of how liberalism should be organized, identity politics versus economic solidarity, with writers variously critiquing or defending each tendency, or arguing that they are complements and that any tension can and ought to be resolved.

This is an interesting and fruitful debate, but it has been mostly about a debate about two different ways of being (sometimes very) left-wing. There has been much less conversation about the ways in which the Democratic Party might consider responding to its current straits by moving to the right.

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Liberal

Why The American Right Needs To Become Liberal Again by Dan Jones.

Our intellectual allies in most countries are somewhere in the ‘liberal’ camp, so we can’t keep using it like it’s a curse word.

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Home

Nobody is Home by Charles Leadbeater.

From the footloose networker to the exiled migrant, home has been displaced by an idea that’s both elusive and contested.

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Recalibrating

Recalibrating the Culture War in 2016 by Darrell Bock.

We thought that the culture war was behind us and that we were entering a Brave New World in which Christians would be a harassed minority in a society captive to progressive ideals of personal liberation. November 8 proved that expectation wrong in the Electoral College—but not necessarily on the streets. We still live in a contested environment. The candidate who flouted political correctness won. But his victory does not necessarily represent a victory for religious conservatives—at least, not in the way we’re used to thinking. There are crucial differences between the influential Religious Right of the 1970s, or even that of the 2000s, and the political influence and prospects of religious conservatives today.

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Incalculable

Don’t Let Chip And Joanna Gaines Destroy Your Marriage by David Harsanyi.

The number of couples they’ve broken up with their happiness and success is probably incalculable.

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Curb

Checking the Court: What Can Be Done to Rein in the Supreme Court? by Tim Bradley.

Michael Stokes Paulsen has identified six courses of action that might effectively curb the Supreme Court’s abuse of judicial authority.

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Subterfuge

How to Fake It So No One Notices by David Steinsaltz.

Seek balance in all things—including subterfuge.

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Change

How About a New Theory of Evolution with Less Natural Selection? by Robby Berman.

In early November, a group of preeminent biologists, doctors, anthropologists, and computer scientists met in London to consider making a major change to the concept of evolutionary biology introduced by Charles Darwin in Origin of the Species in 1859. It’s not that they’re interested in throwing out the idea of natural selection. It’s just that they think recent research suggests it doesn’t account for evolution all by itself. This isn’t the first time such a revision has happened, actually. And it’s not clear that it will this time: Conference co-host Kevin Layland told Quanta magazine mid-conference, ““I think it’s going quite well,” Laland said. “It hasn’t gone to fisticuffs yet.”

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Blame

The Liberalism of the Founding Fathers Is Not to Blame for Our Current Problems by Nathan J. Beacom.

If today we see ill effects of individualism, it does not mean that we should blame them on the founders. Our problem is a cultural one, not some deep, all-encompassing flaw in our political system.

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