The West

Western Civilization, Western Tradition, History of the West

Husbands Are Not the Enemy

Husbands Are Not the Enemy

In our kneejerk compulsion to show effusive support for women we unfortunately have become correspondingly casual about culturally demonizing men.

Ash Wednesday Faux Pas: 'Professor, you’ve got dirt on your forehead.'

Ash Wednesday Faux Pas: 'Professor, you’ve got dirt on your forehead.'

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” A quick introduction to Ash Wednesday so you don’t embarrass yourself like I did.

Two Branches of Government Are All We Have Left, Scholar Says

Two Branches of Government Are All We Have Left, Scholar Says

The days of three independent branches of government are long gone, says a former Harvard teacher. 

1 in 5 Can’t Name an Author, New Survey Finds

1 in 5 Can’t Name an Author, New Survey Finds

The decline of knowledge has progressed even more than we realize...
 

Immigration has become a ‘screaming match' thanks to media bias

Immigration has become a ‘screaming match' thanks to media bias

And important questions remain unaddressed, says a journalism expert.

How Historical Illiteracy Fuels Political Polarization

How Historical Illiteracy Fuels Political Polarization

Greater knowledge of the past would help improve America’s public discourse.

Retina Scans at Airports Have Arrived

Retina Scans at Airports Have Arrived

It happened without any change in the laws or regulations. 

Philosopher Roger Scruton on 'The Virtue of Irrelevance'

Philosopher Roger Scruton on 'The Virtue of Irrelevance'

According to Scruton, an education who truly respects a child will instill him with the values which have today become irrelevant.

Former Stanford Provost: ‘The Threat from Within’

Former Stanford Provost: ‘The Threat from Within’

John Etchemendy fears most the growing intellectual intolerance on college campuses.

Does America Still Believe in its Own Ideas?

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."

White Males are Getting Trounced (See Chart)

White Males are Getting Trounced (See Chart)

Is it time we stop acting like the white male is a privileged species that needs to be taken down a peg or two?

Did Dickens Foretell the Modern Women’s Movement?

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? 

8 Reasons You Should NOT Read Great Books

8 Reasons You Should NOT Read Great Books

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

King Lear: A Tragedy on Relativism

King Lear: A Tragedy on Relativism

Shakespeare's tragedy can be seen as a meditation on moral relativism, a worldview that is ultimately refuted and rejected.

Students in Turkey Value Free Speech Way More than American Students

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?  

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

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.

Plato Can Help You Find Love

Plato Can Help You Find Love

Love is not the solution to life’s problems, but it certainly makes them more bearable.

Does Free Trade Lead to Freedom?

Does Free Trade Lead to Freedom?

Trade between nations is good, as trade between people is good. But is free trade intrinsically good?

Jacques Barzun Observations on Culture and Decline

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

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.

Campuses Should Resist Canceling Controversial Speakers

Campuses Should Resist Canceling Controversial Speakers

College officials who cave to demands to cancel controversial speakers do a disservice to their student bodies.

 

Trump is Still OK With Cops Taking Your Sh*t

Trump is Still OK With Cops Taking Your Sh*t

Trump threatened to "destroy the career" of a libertarian-leaning Texas legislator for her outspoken opposition to civil asset forfeiture.

A Catholic Priest’s Observations on Islam—in 1851

A Catholic Priest’s Observations on Islam—in 1851

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

Happy 150th Birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder

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.

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.

Immigration Lessons for President Trump from Thomas Aquinas

Immigration Lessons for President Trump from Thomas Aquinas

There has been much discourse on what responsibility Christians have to immigrants and refugees seeking new homes.

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