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Three Cures for a Society Obsessed With Offenses

Three Cures for a Society Obsessed With Offenses

How do we find our way back to civility?

When Government Fails, Communities Take Care of Themselves

When Government Fails, Communities Take Care of Themselves

In the early- and mid-20th century, systemic racism often meant that African American communities were excluded from government welfare programs. In the face of this injustice, we see numerous examples of communities stepping up to take care of each other when government officials turned the other way.

What the 15-Hour Work Week Prophets Failed to Account for

What the 15-Hour Work Week Prophets Failed to Account for

How do people account for the discrepancy between projections and actual working hours? There are some popular explanations, all of which share one commonality: they blame the phenomenon on the shortcomings of individuals.

Did We Mishear Neil Armstrong’s Famous First Words on the Moon?

Did We Mishear Neil Armstrong’s Famous First Words on the Moon?

As he took his first steps, he uttered words that would be written into history books for generations to come: “That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”

Women’s Soccer: More Iron Horse, Less Braying

Women’s Soccer: More Iron Horse, Less Braying

Megan Rapinoe could learn a few lessons from Lou Gehrig.

The Difference Between Fourth of July and Bastille Day

The Difference Between Fourth of July and Bastille Day

Americans think of Bastille Day as “France’s Fourth of July.” But do these holidays really celebrate the same thing? Hardly.

A Little American Myth-Making Never Hurt Anyone

A Little American Myth-Making Never Hurt Anyone

When recalling our national myths, we ought to emphasize, as C.S. Lewis suggested, “the tale as such, on the picture which fires the imagination, the example that strengthens the will,” and avoid “the perfectly serious indoctrination of the young in knowably false or biased history—the heroic legend drably disguised as text-book fact.”

Take off the Masks: A Message to Antifa

Take off the Masks: A Message to Antifa

If you aren’t willing to put yourself at risk for beating up some guy taking your picture, then what sort of creature does that make you?

The Bystander Effect: Myth or Fact?

The Bystander Effect: Myth or Fact?

Statistics show there may exist more Good Samaritans than many believe, thus forcing us to rethink the Bystander Effect. 

Three Lessons an Ancient Text Can Teach About Human Dignity

Three Lessons an Ancient Text Can Teach About Human Dignity

How much influence should an ancient text have on the way modern people lead their lives?

Traveling Backwards: Reparations and the Complications of History

Traveling Backwards: Reparations and the Complications of History

All too often we critique our ancestors without making any effort to get to know them. Unless we attempt to walk in their shoes, however, and see with their eyes, we have nothing but facts and dates by which to evaluate them.

The Native Americans Who Owned Slaves

The Native Americans Who Owned Slaves

The “Five Civilized Tribes” of the southeast also participated in the institution of slavery.

Three Myths About Prohibition and Why It Actually Worked

Three Myths About Prohibition and Why It Actually Worked

Americans fail to realize that prohibition was a success. Will the myths surrounding prohibition trick us into legalizing everything?

Why Didn't the Founders Abolish Slavery?

Why Didn't the Founders Abolish Slavery?

Four reasons America's architects tolerated slavery in their country's infancy. Were they justified? You decide. 

The Pursuit of Happiness Rightly Understood

The Pursuit of Happiness Rightly Understood

The right to the pursuit of happiness is coherent only in the full theological context of the Declaration of Independence.

George Washington’s Dentures: Why We Venerate American Heroes

George Washington’s Dentures: Why We Venerate American Heroes

America has a certain tendency to take its adoration to religious levels.

The Versailles Treaty at 100: How It Affects the Modern World

The Versailles Treaty at 100: How It Affects the Modern World

June 28, 1919. On this date, 100 years ago, Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles, her peace settlement for the First World War.

Why 'Young Hearts' Tend Toward Socialism

Why 'Young Hearts' Tend Toward Socialism

Youthful idealism plays a role, but family and work experience are just as important.

Down With Yoga, Up With Baseball

Down With Yoga, Up With Baseball

If you want to effectively relieve stress, set aside the yoga mat, get out a couple mitts and a baseball, and play catch instead. 

 

An Unforgettable Life: Three Reasons Nat "King" Cole Needs a Biopic

An Unforgettable Life: Three Reasons Nat "King" Cole Needs a Biopic

More than just a magnificent singer, Nat "King" Cole left an indellible mark on America both on and off the stage. 

America: Still the Land of Hope

America: Still the Land of Hope

If the United States is such a bastion of oppression and misery, then why are so many immigrants, legal and illegal, trying to come here?

Olympe de Gouges, Heroine of the French Revolution

Olympe de Gouges, Heroine of the French Revolution

Did women win some long-sought freedom from oppression in the male-dominated society of the ancien regime?

Twelve Quotes from Leo Tolstoy on Truth, Violence, and Government

Twelve Quotes from Leo Tolstoy on Truth, Violence, and Government

Tolstoy is best remembered for his voluminous masterpiece novels, Anna Karenina and War and Peace. Yet, in quantity, at least, Tolstoy’s philosophical works rivaled his fiction.

Raising a Great Man: Four Child-Rearing Practices Used By Ben Franklin’s Father

Raising a Great Man: Four Child-Rearing Practices Used By Ben Franklin’s Father

Nearly a quarter of American children grow up in a single mother home. Will yesterday’s fatherless boys have difficulty raising today’s children?

What Saint Augustine Would Have Thought of Joel Osteen

What Saint Augustine Would Have Thought of Joel Osteen

These brilliant tweets highlight something important that Joel Osteen gets wrong.

Orwell’s '1984': How to Misread a Classic

Orwell’s '1984': How to Misread a Classic

In the decades since the time of its publication, the context of Orwell’s magnum opus has been lost.

Five Facts About Women's Suffrage

Five Facts About Women's Suffrage

This week marks the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

D-Day Succeeded Thanks to an Ingenious Design Called the Mullberry Harbours

D-Day Succeeded Thanks to an Ingenious Design Called the Mullberry Harbours

When Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 – a bold invasion of Nazi-held territory that helped tip the balance of World War II – they were using a remarkable and entirely untested technology.

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