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Haunted

Haunted by Spirits by John Kaag. Searching for old books by dead philosophers. More.

Problem

The Yale Problem Begins in High School by Jonathan Haidt. A month before the Yale Halloween meltdown, I had a bizarre and illuminating experience at an elite private high school on the West Coast. I’ll call it Centerville High. I […]

Controversy

The Controversy over Syrian Refugees Misses the Question We Should Be Asking by Andrew C. McCarthy. The jihad waged by radical Islam rips at France from within. The two mass-murder attacks this year that finally induced President Francois Hollande to […]

Ineradicable

Why ISIS Might Win, Even If It Loses by S. Adam Seagrave. Based on the impassioned response of the French and the galvanizing effect of the recent attacks in Paris on the West more broadly, one might think that ISIS’s […]

Swatter

The Serial Swatter by Jason Fagone. Internet trolls have learned to exploit our over-militarized police. It’s a crime that’s hard to stop — and hard to prosecute. More.

Theft

Cops Now Take More Than Robbers by Steven Greenhut. One of the most troubling recent scenes from Sacramento came as the California state legislature reached the end of its session. A simple bill that would rein in abuses of the […]

Dangerous?

Climate Change Will Not Be Dangerous for a Long Time by Matt Ridley. The climate change debate has been polarized into a simple dichotomy. Either global warming is “real, man-made and dangerous,” as Pres. Barack Obama thinks, or it’s a […]

Fidel

The WP reviews Fighting Over Fidel: The New York Intellectuals and the Cuban Revolution by Rafael Rojas.

Beautiful

The Economist: The Most Beautiful Theory “Alfred, it’s spinning.” Roy Kerr, a New Zealand-born physicist in his late 20s, had, for half an hour, been chain-smoking his way through some fiendish mathematics. Alfred Schild, his boss at the newly built […]

Force

Why You Should Force Yourself to Be Thankful by Matt Mikalatos. If you can’t think of three things to be thankful for, something is wrong. More.

First

The ‘First Thanksgiving’ We’ve Forgotten by Robert Tracy McKenzie. Tomorrow families all across America will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, and some, at least, will link what they are doing to the Pilgrims’ celebration on the coast of Massachusetts in 1621. […]

Worse?

Here’s Why Reading Self-Help Books May Make You Feel Worse by Carolyn Gregoire. When you feel down, turning to self-help books might seem like a good solution. But new research suggests it probably won’t leave you feeling a whole lot […]

Failed State

Belgium Is a Failed State by Tim King. Brussels’ nest of radicalism is just one of the failings of a divided, dysfunctional country. More.

Unraveling

The Quiet Unraveling of ObamaCare by Shikha Dalmia. President Obama was hammered last week for his failure on ISIS. But there’s at least one bright spot for him in that criticism: At least it deflected the spotlight from the unfolding […]

Thatcher

Paul Johnson reviews Margaret Thatcher: Volume Two: Everything She Wants by Charles Moore.

Theory

The Information Theory of Life by Kevin Hartnett. There are few bigger — or harder — questions to tackle in science than the question of how life arose. We weren’t around when it happened, of course, and apart from the […]

Dignity

The New Dignity: Gnostic, Elitist, Self-Destructive Will-to-Power by Roberta Green Ahmanson. In a world with no clear origin, no purposeful end, and no intrinsic meaning, human dignity is founded on nothing more than a self-creating will to power that is, […]

Raqqa

Telling the Truth About ISIS and Raqqa by David Remnick. On Saturday night, five young Syrians slouched into a dive bar in New York and ordered drinks. When the bartender asked if off-brand vodka was O.K., they had to smile. […]

Dream

The American Dream in Crisis: It’s Time for a New Moynihan Moment by Ben Peterson. The American Dream is about equality of opportunity. It includes the belief that a person can rise from any station in life to success and […]

Violence

David Conway reviews Not In God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence by Jonathan Sacks. Related: You can read an excerpt here.