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Struggle

Israel Means ‘Struggle with God’ by Dennis Prager. Years ago, a Muslim woman called my radio show and asked me why I was not a Muslim. She asked this question with complete sincerity, and I answered her with equal sincerity. […]

Take Two

French Socialism, Take Two by Camille Pecastaing. About 20 years ago, François Hollande and Pierre Moscovici co-taught an advanced economics course at Sciences Po, France’s elite college for government study. Their stint in education was brief, but their association has […]

Learn

What Believers and Atheists Can Learn From Each Other by Geoffrey A. Mitelman and Sam McNerney. See here.

Climate Change

A Conservative’s Approach to Combating Climate Change by Jonathan H. Adler. No environmental issue is more polarizing than global climate change. Many on the left fear increases in atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases threaten an environmental apocalypse while many on […]

Dubious Claims

Does Analytic Thinking Erode Religious Belief? by Andrew Aghapour. I have some secrets for you; feel free to tell everyone. Psychopaths have distinct types of brains, and so do left-handed people. Bar Mitzvahs aid myelination, the conversion of gray-matter neurons […]

Nagging

A Month of No Nagging by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. Every few weeks, I make the time to talk to my husband, quietly and patiently, about the towel situation, which is this: Whenever he bathes our son, he uses a new towel. […]

Philosophical II

Here’s an essay adapted from the introduction to America the Philosophical by Carlin Romano. (I linked a review of the book here.)

Skinner

The Perfected Self by David H. Freedman. B. F. Skinner’s notorious theory of behavior modification was denounced by critics 50 years ago as a fascist, manipulative vehicle for government control. But Skinner’s ideas are making an unlikely comeback today, powered […]

Imbecilic?

Our Imbecilic Constitution by Sanford Levinson. Advocating the adoption of the new Constitution drafted in Philadelphia, the authors of “The Federalist Papers” mocked the “imbecility” of the weak central government created by the Articles of Confederation. Nearly 225 years later, […]

Pagans

Jason Pitzl-Waters reviews Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths by Paul Louis Metzger, and Jesus Through Pagan Eyes: Bridging Neopagan Perspectives with a Progressive Vision of Christ by Mark Townsend.

Harm

John Paul Stevens reviews The Harm in Hate Speech by Jeremy Waldron.

Thoughts

Thoughts on the Rhine by Victor Davis Hanson. I’ve been making my way downstream the Rhine from Switzerland on the way to Amsterdam, leading a military history tour while observing and talking and listening to Germans and Swiss. I’ve come […]

Captives

Captive Citizens by Shikha Dalmia. If there was ever any doubt that the totalitarian temptation identified by economist and Nobel laureate F.A. Hayek in his brilliant tract, The Road to Serfdom, is alive and well, even in the sweet land […]

Survivor’s Guide

The End of the Euro: A Survivor’s Guide by Simon Johnson and Peter Boone. In every economic crisis there comes a moment of clarity. In Europe soon, millions of people will wake up to realize that the euro-as-we-know-it is gone. […]

Tantrum

On, Wisconsin! by Stephen F. Hayes. “This is what democracy looks like.” That was the boast of protesters occupying the Wisconsin state capitol 16 months ago as they blocked Republican lawmakers from entering the legislature and celebrated Democratic state senators […]

Defense

Good Religion: In Defense of Ross Douthat by Daniel K. Williams. Ross Douthat’s study of contemporary American Christianity is the sort of book that is guaranteed to arouse the ire of a certain type of academic reviewer. It is a […]

Southern Baptist Voices

Southern Baptist Voices: Teleological Arguments, Theistic Evolution, and Intelligent Design by James K. Dew. During the early 19th century, William Paley’s Natural Theology was enormously influential in Europe and North America. For many intellectuals, Paley’s argument seemed to establish the […]

Whodunit?

A New York ‘Times’ Whodunit by Joe Hagan. See here.

A Hit

Craft Beers are Proving a Hit in Baseball Parks by Dave Skretta. It used to be that baseball fans would head for the concourse to grab a beer between innings, a cold one as much a part of America’s pastime […]

Beneficiaries

Government Beneficiaries and Other Fairy Tales by Sheldon Richman. I admit I’m amused by the unceasing economic and political malarkey that flows from the pundits at MSNBC. Many of these gems come during its promos, which, as viewers of the […]