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John Locke: Natural Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property by Jim Powell. A number of times throughout history, tyranny has stimulated breakthrough thinking about liberty. This was certainly the case in England with the mid-seventeenth-century era of repression, rebellion, and […]
Private Pensions, Public Risks? by Steven Malanga. Last week, the Obama administration’s Department of Labor released new rules allowing states to sponsor pension systems for private-sector workers whose employers don’t offer retirement plans. The decision could ultimately drive trillions of […]
A Swarm of Controversy: In Their Struggle for Survival Against Killer Mites, Bees Get an Unlikely Ally: Monsanto by Hannah Nordhaus. “Make a fist,” says Jerry Hayes, waving his own in the air. “Now put it someplace on you.” About […]
Why America’s ‘Nones’ Left Religion Behind by Michael Lipka. Perhaps the most striking trend in American religion in recent years has been the growing percentage of adults who do not identify with a religious group. And the vast majority of […]
Restoring the Political-Moral Center by Shimon Cowen and Arthur Goldberg. Until the second half of the twentieth century, the major parties of the left and the right in the United States and in other advanced Western democracies operated within a […]
The Neuroscience Behind Bad Decisions by Emily Singer. Irrationality may be a consequence of the brain’s ravenous energy needs. More.
Ghosts of White People Past: Witnessing White Flight From an Asian Ethnoburb by Anjali Enjeti. If diversity is so important to liberal whites, why do they keep fleeing ethnically diverse suburbia? More.
Revisiting “Moneyball” with Paul DePodesta by Kevin Berger. Shattering preconceptions about players isn’t all about the numbers. More.
The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt. In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health. More.
Hello Goodbye by Ruth Graham. The author of a best-selling abstinence manifesto is reconsidering the lessons he taught to millions. More.
It’s Hard to Go to Church by Emma Green. The standard narrative of American religious decline goes something like this: A few hundred years ago, European and American intellectuals began doubting the validity of God as an explanatory mechanism for […]
The World Wide Cage by Nicholas Carr. Technology promised to set us free. Instead it has trained us to withdraw from the world into distraction and dependency. More.
How Israel Became a Role Model in Fighting Terrorism by Nathalie Hamou. In the wake of last month’s tragedy in Nice, just like after the attacks in Paris on November 13th, the same solution was put forward for France: “the […]
The Coming Free Speech Apocalypse by Daniel Payne. There is a good chance American enemies of American free speech will shortly mount a sustained and successful effort to drastically reduce American speech freedoms. More.
Israel’s Socialist Dreams vs. Capitalist Realities by Steven Plaut. A colorful legend holds that when God offered the Torah to the Israelites at Mt. Sinai, they were reluctant to accept it. God then lifted the mountain over their heads in […]
The Adultery Arms Race by Michelle Cottle. Technology has made cheating on your spouse, or catching a cheater, easier than ever. How digital tools are aiding the unfaithful and the untrusting—and may be mending some broken marriages. More.
Francis Schaeffer and Christian Intellectualism by Jake Meador. In his recent essay on Christian intellectualism (see link here), Alan Jacobs dates the high point of the public Christian intellectual in America as being in the late 1940s. Citing the influence […]
California’s Temporarily Temporary Tax by Larry Sand. A state tax increase, due to expire in 2018, might live on. More.
The Twin Boom by Laura Spinney. The proportion of twins in the population has waxed and waned in human history. For the first time we understand why. More.
How Bad Prosecutors Cause Bad Policing by Taylor Pendergrass. What responsibility do district attorneys have for fixing broken policing practices that lead to tragic and infuriating deaths like those of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling? “Prosecute bad cops,” goes the […]