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A Demagogic Bully by Mark Pulliam. The Southern Poverty Law Center demonizes respectable political opponents as “hate groups”—and keeps its coffers bulging. More.


German Philosophy Has Finally Gone Viral. Will That Be Its Undoing? by Stuart Jeffries. A new generation of rockstar philosophers are taking the discipline to the masses. But their TED Talks, TV shows, and best-sellers might be ruining it forever. […]


Silicon Valley Censorship by Sam Westrop. Google’s latest project is an application called Perspective, which, as Wired reports, brings the tech company “a step closer to its goal of helping to foster troll-free discussion online, and filtering out the abusive […]


First Support for a Physics Theory of Life by Natalie Wolchover. Take chemistry, add energy, get life. The first tests of Jeremy England’s provocative origin-of-life hypothesis are in, and they appear to show how order can arise from nothing. More.


The Future of American Civil Religion by Daniel Strand. Whatever you think of American civil religion, Protestantism was the fuel that made it go. When you lose the fuel, you lose the benefits that have accrued to American society because […]


2017 Index of Culture and Opportunity: The Social and Economic Trends that Shape America by The Heritage Foundation. The 2017 Index of Culture and Opportunity evaluates a range of factors needed to sustain freedom and opportunity in America. Through charts […]


Gutting of Oversight Bill Puts Kibosh on Police Reform in California by Steven Greenhut. Assembly Bill 284 had little chance of passage because it dealt with an actual problem and was getting pushback from some muscular lobbies. More.


The New Astrology by Alan Jay Levinovitz. By fetishising mathematical models, economists turned economics into a highly paid pseudoscience. More.


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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