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Our So-Called 'Tolerant' Society Is Actually Very Dogmatic

Our So-Called 'Tolerant' Society Is Actually Very Dogmatic

Our society requires us to believe in quite a lot of things, and there are penalties if you don't. 

Should Teachers Have a Working Knowledge of the Constitution?

Should Teachers Have a Working Knowledge of the Constitution?

How can we expect the next generation to run the country if their teachers don't even know how it works?

The Civics Lessons They Never Teach Anymore

The Civics Lessons They Never Teach Anymore

James Fenimore Cooper's 1838 civics primer might come in handy in the Neil Gorsuch confirmation hearings.

Liberals Have Become the New Confederates

Liberals Have Become the New Confederates

The country will either become more like the South of today or the country will be lost.

What the Teleprompter Tells Us About Truth, Trump and Speech

What the Teleprompter Tells Us About Truth, Trump and Speech

Cracks have appeared in the teleprompter paradigm. It’s at risk from growing distrust of intermediaries, filters, reputable third-parties of all kinds.

Protesters at Berkeley Reminiscent of French Revolution Mobs

Protesters at Berkeley Reminiscent of French Revolution Mobs

As the cancellation of the Milo Yiannopoulos event showed, the Jacobin tactics of the French Revolution are back.

The Religious Origins of Groundhog Day
2016's Homeownership Rate was the Lowest Since 1965

2016's Homeownership Rate was the Lowest Since 1965

Contrary to what we're told by the real estate industry and policymakers, the answer isn't to double down on easy money and more federal programs.

No, Ayn Rand Did Not Want Us to Be Selfish

No, Ayn Rand Did Not Want Us to Be Selfish

Rand sold more than 30 million books. Atlas Shrugged has been ranked behind only the Bible as an influence on readers’ lives.

Second Grade Reading Textbooks: 1879 vs. Today

Second Grade Reading Textbooks: 1879 vs. Today

There are two major differences between the texts used today and those used in the schools of the past.
 

What the 7 Countries Included in Trump's Ban Have in Common

What the 7 Countries Included in Trump's Ban Have in Common

Are they are all majority Muslim? Yes. Another commonality is war.

Reality: Most People Don't Care about Truth

Reality: Most People Don't Care about Truth

This is why a country like the U.S. needs to educate people in rhetoric. 

Common Sense Is Getting Lost in the Immigration Debate

Common Sense Is Getting Lost in the Immigration Debate

If we think of the nation as a family rather than as a machine or algorithm, it helps to put a lot of our problems in perspective. 

Can the Nazis be Forgiven? Exploring the Complexities of Forgiveness

Can the Nazis be Forgiven? Exploring the Complexities of Forgiveness

The concept of forgiveness constitutes one of the most essential fundamentals of the human relationship with God, in the Judaic tradition.

America’s Demise: Trump’s a Sign, not the Cause

America’s Demise: Trump’s a Sign, not the Cause

Richard Stengel writes in the Atlantic that the American Century is over and Trump’s to blame. He’s only half right.

Camus and Sartre: How Communism Drove them Apart

Camus and Sartre: How Communism Drove them Apart

In 'The Rebel,' Camus declared for a peaceful socialism that would not resort to revolutionary violence. Sartre read the book with disgust.

Are We Already Fighting the 2nd Civil War?

Are We Already Fighting the 2nd Civil War?

A conservative pundit recently made the claim that "America is currently fighting its Second Civil War."

Harvard Article from 1863 Offers 3 Simple Rules for Reading

Harvard Article from 1863 Offers 3 Simple Rules for Reading

We all know how important reading is. It benefits relationships, builds language development, and even lengthens one’s life.

3 Books That Explain the Decline of Western Civilization

3 Books That Explain the Decline of Western Civilization

These 3 books explain what is happening with our culture.

Carl Sagan's Eerie Prediction of America’s Future

Carl Sagan's Eerie Prediction of America’s Future

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time – when the United States is a service and information economy… 

It’s called the Executive Branch

It’s called the Executive Branch

Stop panicking about the “gag order” or “censorship” of federal agencies like the EPA. 

Odysseus' Voyage: What We Can Learn From Homer's Everyman

Odysseus' Voyage: What We Can Learn From Homer's Everyman

Odysseus serves as an image of homo viator. Man on a journey. Travelling man. Man on a quest.

Is Respect Vanishing from Society?

Is Respect Vanishing from Society?

By focusing so much on respect for the self, have we lost focus of the respect we owe to individuals, places, and events?

On Ben Franklin's Letter to an Atheist

On Ben Franklin's Letter to an Atheist

In a 1757 letter, Ben Franklin scolded a friend preparing to publish an atheist tract. But was Franklin's reason sound? 

How Ancient Greek Skepticism Can Thwart Internet Trolls

How Ancient Greek Skepticism Can Thwart Internet Trolls

Ancient Greek philosopher Pyrrho of Elis pioneered a philosophy that might come in handy when dealing with pesky internet Trolls. 

Why Americans Need to Give Trump a Shot

Why Americans Need to Give Trump a Shot

Donald Trump may seem like the last person in the world who could unify us, but one has to admit: he's shown a knack for exceeding expectations. 

Jefferson’s 1801 Inaugural Address is Perfect for 2017

Jefferson’s 1801 Inaugural Address is Perfect for 2017

Would President Trump, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents do well to put the recent past behind and take Jefferson’s sage advice to heart?

Does This Philosopher's 30-Year-Old Observation Explain the Current Social Upheaval?

Does This Philosopher's 30-Year-Old Observation Explain the Current Social Upheaval?

It first made its appearance during the sexual revolution, but has now been taken to a whole new level.
 

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