The West

Western Civilization, Western Tradition, History of the West

Barzun in 1999: The Internet Will Lead to Isolation and Chaos

Barzun in 1999: The Internet Will Lead to Isolation and Chaos

'The contents of the Internet were the same old items in multiplied confusion.'

Real Progressives Study the Classics

Real Progressives Study the Classics

"All through the history of the West the Greeks have continued to spur innovation..." 

The Morality of Modern Education is Relativism

The Morality of Modern Education is Relativism

One consequence of this subjection of truth to selfishness is the rupture between modern education and traditional virtue.

Is Freedom a Radical Idea?

Is Freedom a Radical Idea?

Throughout history, and with only the rarest of exceptions, freedom has been far removed from the center of political events.

Why are Men Getting Shut Out of the Workforce?

Why are Men Getting Shut Out of the Workforce?

The number of prime-age men in the labor force is declining with each generation.

Where did Nazi doctors learn their ethics?

Where did Nazi doctors learn their ethics?

They had plenty of ethics - just the wrong kind.

Why Decline in Religion Might Be Driving the Campus Protests

Why Decline in Religion Might Be Driving the Campus Protests

Has the diminishment of one part of the First Amendment led to the squelching of another?

How May Day Went From a Religious Holiday to a Socialist One

How May Day Went From a Religious Holiday to a Socialist One

Communist countries have enshrined May Day as one of their most important holidays, often marked by elaborate workforce parades. 

The Perils of Relativism

The Perils of Relativism

The cause of the indifference, rage, and violence we're witnessing is the lack of any objective truth.

Ted Cruz Introduces Bill to Use El Chapo’s Drug Money to Fund Border Wall

Ted Cruz Introduces Bill to Use El Chapo’s Drug Money to Fund Border Wall

Using cash seized by drug lords to beef up border security looks like good policy and good politics.

How J.R.R. Tolkien Responded to News of the Atomic Bomb

How J.R.R. Tolkien Responded to News of the Atomic Bomb

His response serves as a reminder of the dangers we currently face.  

This 1890 Australian Homework Book Puts Today’s Students to Shame

This 1890 Australian Homework Book Puts Today’s Students to Shame

Was the owner a "clever child," or were education standards much more rigorous a century ago?

What Deep Throat Could Teach Us About Fake News

What Deep Throat Could Teach Us About Fake News

The only way we can get out of this mess is to stop using the internet as a crutch for thinking.

College Libraries are Purging Book Collections. Are They Discarding Thought as Well?

College Libraries are Purging Book Collections. Are They Discarding Thought as Well?

Some campus libraries are removing thousands of titles to make room for more digital study spaces, meeting areas, and even nap pods.

Did Respect Go Out the Door When We Abandoned ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’? (See Chart)

Did Respect Go Out the Door When We Abandoned ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’? (See Chart)

Do titles like Mr. and Miss set up boundaries which encourage greater respect for the individual?

Charles Murray Was Just Vindicated by Two Cornell Professors

Charles Murray Was Just Vindicated by Two Cornell Professors

The protest against Murray seems to be based on hyper-sensitivity rather than rational thought.

Why an Epidemic of Lonely Children is Upon Us

Why an Epidemic of Lonely Children is Upon Us

The British counseling service, Childline, has recently reported an uptick in the number of lonely children. But why?

Atheists Are More Likely to Believe in Aliens. Why?

Atheists Are More Likely to Believe in Aliens. Why?

One in four Americans believe in aliens. Many of those who do are non-religious or atheists.

Democracy Needs Aristocracy

Democracy Needs Aristocracy

If Western democracy is to survive, it must incorporate that which it has long regarded as its diametrical opposite—the aristocratic.

Mohammed Cartoon Publisher: The Definition of Tolerance has Changed

Mohammed Cartoon Publisher: The Definition of Tolerance has Changed

Is it possible that this is what is driving the chaos we are witnessing in society?

Are Rights Anything More Than Legal Conventions?

Are Rights Anything More Than Legal Conventions?

Philosophers have debated the nature of human rights since at least the 12th century, often under the name of ‘natural rights’.

LA Times Editorial Board: Dear Colleges, Stop Squeezing Free Speech

LA Times Editorial Board: Dear Colleges, Stop Squeezing Free Speech

The Los Angeles Times says colleges should stop squeezing students into 'free speech zones.' 

Does Trump Have the Authority to Attack Syria?

Does Trump Have the Authority to Attack Syria?

Despite Trump’s past tweets that the U.S. should “stay the hell out of Syria,” he decided the U.S. should back up international law.

Why Is War Such a Seductive Illusion?

Why Is War Such a Seductive Illusion?

It’s easy to offer slogans, but the real world of foreign conflicts rarely offer a clean choice between peace and war.

Social Democracy is Collapsing Before our Eyes

Social Democracy is Collapsing Before our Eyes

American civic life is fracturing, and everyone knows it. 

Is the West Worth Defending?

Is the West Worth Defending?

We should respond to the question of whether the West is worth defending by first asking this:  Which West are we being asked to defend?

One Simple Reason Boys are Failing

One Simple Reason Boys are Failing

The focus on girls causes us to overlook the ways in which boys are struggling.

Turkey on the Brink of Democide as Pivotal Referendum Looms

Turkey on the Brink of Democide as Pivotal Referendum Looms

Turkey's referendum presents a choice between parliamentary democracy and legally institutionalizing single-man rule.

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