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Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail (and How to Succeed) by Susanna M. Halonen. 2016 is here and it’s time to set the compass for the new year. You set new resolutions and you immediately start working towards them at full […]


How Has Islamic Orthodoxy Changed Over Time? by Elias Muhanna. A new book by the late scholar Shahab Ahmed reveals the capaciousness, complexity, and contradictions of Islam. More.


The Sudden But Well-Deserved Fall of Rahm Emanuel by Rick Perlstein. It’s hard to remember a time when Rahm Emanuel wasn’t a Democratic Party superstar. Go back to 1991, when the thirty-two-year-old took over fund-raising for Bill Clinton. He was […]


Can Right-Wing Populism Be Stopped? by Damon Linker. The Great American Populism Debate is well underway. Not a single vote has yet been counted in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, but with Donald Trump’s campaign leading most polls […]


The Reason I’m Anti-Anti-Trump by William Voegeli. It’s hard to disagree with most of the bad things that have been said about Donald Trump, and impossible to add a truly fresh accusation to the list. In just six months as […]


From NYC to Harvard: The War on Asian Success by Betsy McCaughey. The year 2015 was a dismal one for American public education — at least by the numbers. But don’t blame the kids. Parents are missing in action. Except […]


The Laws and Rules That Protect Police Who Kill by David A. Graham. Despite the political pressure to prosecute cops in cases like Tamir Rice’s, the current system grants enormous leeway to officers who employ lethal force. More.


On the Brink, with Erdogan by Michael Goldfarb. 2015 is drawing to an end. The unanswered questions of the year — especially the ones related to ISIL, Syria and the massive flow of refugees from the region into Europe — […]


Stand Strong When Your Kids Go Off The Rails by Georgi Boorman. Take it from a former rebel: Parents do make a difference, even when it seems like a child is bent on self-destruction. More.


Seeing the West as Worse by Joel Kotin. In the aftermath of San Bernardino and Paris massacres, our cognitive leaders – from President Obama on down – have warned Americans not to engage in what Hillary Clinton has described as […]


Crying Wolf about Racism by Michael Rubin. Perhaps we’re in an era that lionizes grievance, perhaps a new generation longs for the glories of a past generation’s triumph over evil and bigotry, or perhaps it’s the simply the fact that […]


The Six Most Interesting Psychology Papers of 2015 by Maria Konnikova. Every year, psychologists publish a staggering amount of research—it’s impossible to read it all. Still, I gave it a shot—and here are the six papers I found most fascinating. […]

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I’m Completely Fed Up with Nutrition Science. You Should Be, Too by Ross Pomeroy. Nutrition science is bad for your health! Not really, of course, but if you worried about every single study that linked a certain food to a […]


The Claremont Review of Books: Reason on Trial in Higher Ed Using hunger strikes, protests, and profanity, students demand administration resignations and the creation of “safe spaces” free from dissent at Claremont McKenna College. But not everyone has forgotten the […]


Why America Is Moving Left by Peter Beinart. Republicans may have a lock on Congress and the nation’s statehouses—and could well win the presidency—but the liberal era ushered in by Barack Obama is only just beginning. More.


Christmas’s War on America by Peter Manseau. The persistence and power of the December holiday over generations of Americans—whether they liked it or not. More.


Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security: A Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty and Restoring the American Dream by AEI-Brookings Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity. See here. (pdf)


Feuding Physicists Turn to Philosophy for Help by . Is string theory science? Physicists and cosmologists have been debating the question for the past decade. Now the community is looking to philosophy for help. Earlier this month, some of the […]


Coming Apart by Dominic Green. The walls are going up all over Europe; we shall not see them lowered in our lifetime. The dream of “ever-closer union,” and the eventual merging of nations into a United States of Europe, is […]


European Politics With an Islamic Face? by Robert Skidelsky. The nub of the problem is that contemporary European civilization is secular, whereas Muslim civilization is religious. In Europe, religion has lost its authority over law, legislation, education, morals, and business […]