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Is Linguistics a Science? by Arika Okrent. Much of linguistic theory is so abstract and dependent on theoretical apparatus that it might be impossible to explain. More.


The Corruption of Biblical Studies by Joshua Berman. Academic scrutiny of scripture, a discipline prey to intellectual fashion since its inception, is today pursued by many in the service of secular liberal positions. More.


The American Left’s Downward Spiral by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. I have returned. From Europe, that is, and I hope I met with no Russian undercover agents while there. The soi-disant liberals are in a snit about the Russians. Supposedly, […]


Who Wants to Put Democracy in Chains? by Ilya Somin. In her badly flawed book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, historian Nancy MacLean gets many, many things wrong about the history […]


Closing the Meaning Gap: Toward a Reconciliation of Communitarianism and Libertarianism by Rachel Lu. Libertarian insights may be able to help communitarians close the meaning gap and build communities that matter. More.

First Half

This Season’s First Half Was a Home Run Derby by Tyler Kepnerju. On Monday in Miami, as a prelude to the All-Star Game the next night, a parade of major leaguers will step to the plate, swing hard and try […]


Can Democrats Make Nice with Deplorables? by Kay S. Hymowitz. A few prominent liberal writers venture outside of the partisan bunker. More.


Taxation Without Reformation by Steven Malanga. Illinois finally gets a budget, without addressing its fiscal dysfunction. More.


Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.) by Steven Johnson. A new initiative to beam messages into space may be our best shot yet at learning whether we’re alone in the universe. There’s just one problem: What if we’re not? More.


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