History

Lincoln’s Suicide Note

Abraham Lincoln’s depression is well chronicled. His essay on suicide is less known.

Does America Still Believe in its Own Ideas?

"There was a time when the West knew what it was about. It did so because it thought about itself—often in freshman Western Civ classes."

How Long Does it Take to Form Good Habits?

Aristotle said rituals define who we are. But a recent study shows new habits are not easily formed.

Food Stamps and Soda Pop: A Bureaucratic Mess?

Should welfare recipients be able to buy unhealthy foods like soda and sweets on the government’s dime?

‘Jane Roe’ Made Abortion Legal. Then a Minister Changed her Heart.

She founded ‘Roe No More’ two decades ago to expose abortion lies.

Can the Last Really be First?

What did Jesus of Nazareth mean when he said “the last shall be first, and the first last”?

Did Dickens Foretell the Modern Women’s Movement?

Will failure to ground our grievances in rational and logical discourse lead us down the path of the French Revolution? 

5 Things Donald Trump could learn from Lincoln

If Trump wants a reset that will help him – and the country – succeed, there is no better guide than America's 16th president.

Presidents Day: How We Got Such a Lame Holiday

When Nixon signed a law in 1971, the day was still officially known as “Washington's Birthday,” but the shift to Presidents Day didn't take long.

8 Reasons You Should NOT Read Great Books

This professor's list may or may not soothe your book-illiterate conscience...

College Illiteracy is Growing

Nearly half of professors say students are not prepared for college.

Historical Correctness is Worse Than Political Correctness

Playing gotcha with figures of the past is a dangerous game.

Students in Turkey Value Free Speech Way More than American Students

Why do young people embrace rights not specifically spelled out in the Constitution, but reject the one to which they are given free recourse?  

Wisconsin Students Demand Free Tuition for Blacks

A student association is demanding free tuition for any students with black skin regardless of whether or not their ancestors were slaves.

We're All ‘Snowflakes’ Now

Part of me wonders if we might be overreacting to name-calling and insults in today’s society.

Karl Marx Was a Pretty Bad Person

Marx become an advocate of mass murder and dictatorship in place of liberal democracy and social peace.

‘Native American’: The Surprising Source of the Term

'Who are the [real] Native Americans? Do they not wear the breechclout and carry the tomahawk? ' 

Nietzsche Wrote Love Poems (And They Are Just What You'd Expect)

Nietzsche wrote so much about love in 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra' that it could be renamed 'Thus Spoke Romeo.'

Who Was St. Valentine and Why is February 14 a Romantic Holiday?

The history of the Saint Valentine (176-273 A.D.) is hazy and legends vary.

Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’: A Handbook for Totalitarians or a Guide for Thwarting Tyrants?

By revealing the cruel intentions of would-be oppressors, The Prince unlocks the secret to overthrowing a tyrannical leader.

Tennessee Admits One Third of High School Grads Didn’t Complete Their Coursework

Such a discovery is alarming, but it’s even more disturbing to hear where these deficiencies occur, namely, history and foreign language....

Slavoj Zizek: Don't Mock Trump, Propose an Actual Vision

Slavoj Zizek issued a stern warning about the potential consequences of their “mocking” of Trump without offering a positive vision.

Jacques Barzun Observations on Culture and Decline

Reflections from one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century.

Judge Sentences Teens to Read Books to Pay for Crimes

Until kids start learning to read and think for themselves, they'll simply be swept up in the emotional and uncontrolled trends in society.

5 Causes of the Civil War (Besides Slavery)

With talk of secession heating up, a look back on the causes of America's (first?) Civil War.

A Catholic Priest’s Observations on Islam—in 1851

He had some frank remarks about the treatment of Muslim women. 

The NEA's 14 Principles--From 1908

Their stance on the Bible and morality is a bit shocking.

Happy 150th Birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder

One hundred-fifty years later, the small details and great themes of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life still matter.

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