The West

Western Civilization, Western Tradition, History of the West

Why School Choice Won't Fix Education

Why School Choice Won't Fix Education

President-Elect Donald Trump has announced Betsy DeVos as his choice to head the U.S. Dept.of Education.

Chesterton: In Defense of Eating that Christmas Turkey

Chesterton: In Defense of Eating that Christmas Turkey

The holiday season is here, and with it comes the dance to make sure nobody is offended.

Mike Rowe on the College President Who Ditched the Flag

Mike Rowe on the College President Who Ditched the Flag

Why is it that no one burns flags at trade schools?

Why Donald Trump Should Heed Plato on Foreign Policy

Why Donald Trump Should Heed Plato on Foreign Policy

Does the ancient Greek philosopher offer a new way forward? 

10 Lessons Marcus Aurelius Learned From His Father

10 Lessons Marcus Aurelius Learned From His Father

The last of Rome’s Five Great Emperors left a record of important life-lessons he learned from his adopted father. 

The Reason 3 in 4 Students Are Not Proficient in Civics
Christians Face Surge of Intolerance, Discrimination

Christians Face Surge of Intolerance, Discrimination

There is a slippery slope from intolerance, to discrimination, to hate crimes and hate speech.

‘Adulting’ School Founded to Teach Millennials How to Be Adults

‘Adulting’ School Founded to Teach Millennials How to Be Adults

We’ve failed to teach the next generation basic skills, and now it’s becoming a problem.

Can America Revive the Idea of a Day of Rest?

Can America Revive the Idea of a Day of Rest?

Would we all benefit from returning to a weekly day of rest?

JFK’s Assassination Speech Has a Message America Needs to Hear

JFK’s Assassination Speech Has a Message America Needs to Hear

John F. Kennedy was killed before he could deliver the speech, but its words carry a message Americans need to hear.

Should Schools Be Teaching Public Speaking?

Should Schools Be Teaching Public Speaking?

Is it possible that the multiple protests on college campuses are an outgrowth from the lack of public speaking instruction in schools?

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization
Will the Surge of Support for Free Speech on Campus Make a Difference?

Will the Surge of Support for Free Speech on Campus Make a Difference?

There is a well-entrenched idea among many college leaders that free speech is good but must be  “balanced” with other considerations.

Readers Explain What Trump’s Win Means for America

Readers Explain What Trump’s Win Means for America

We asked readers what the 2016 election meant for America's future and that of the West. Here is what a few of you told us.

Is it Finally a Convenient Time to Rein in Executive Power?

Is it Finally a Convenient Time to Rein in Executive Power?

Over the last 30 years, we’ve watched Congress cede vast responsibility to the executive branch.

Building Walls for Protection is Not Immoral or Unchristian

Building Walls for Protection is Not Immoral or Unchristian

The pope and many others fail to make a distinction between a wall designed to keep people in and a wall built to keep people out. 

Snowden: Stop Putting So Much Faith (and Fear) in Presidents

Snowden: Stop Putting So Much Faith (and Fear) in Presidents

Whistleblower Edward Snowden recently popped up and offered his take on the presidential election. 

UVA President Gets in Trouble for Quoting… Jefferson?

UVA President Gets in Trouble for Quoting… Jefferson?

I’m convinced our higher education system has lost just about every shred of common sense it had.

Why Schools Should Teach Rational Discourse

Why Schools Should Teach Rational Discourse

We might see safe spaces disappear if we did...

Why Big Media Got Trump and Brexit So Wrong

Why Big Media Got Trump and Brexit So Wrong

Big Media has become part of the political/celebrity bubble and tends to forget that journalism is meant to be an “outsider” activity.

Is Trump the New Constantine?

Is Trump the New Constantine?

Christians are unable to speak freely. Religious freedom is under attack. Society is materialistic and immoral. Western civilisation is facing huge threats, from within and without. And apparently the one powerful emerging leader is no saint.

You’re thinking America 2016? No. Rome 312.

How the Bible Won a WWI Battle

How the Bible Won a WWI Battle

A culturally literate person knows the Bible...

Is the Price of a Republic Constant Discord?

Is the Price of a Republic Constant Discord?

If so, what are the benefits?

The Last Hurrah of Old, White America?

The Last Hurrah of Old, White America?

In desperation, old, white America seeks a strong man to upend the current order, to preserve their vision of America.

6 Reasons We’re in Trouble No Matter Who Becomes President

6 Reasons We’re in Trouble No Matter Who Becomes President

The next president will have a monumental task. Can Americans leave the vitriol of the campaign behind?

Students Reject Everyone-Gets-a-Trophy Mentality

Students Reject Everyone-Gets-a-Trophy Mentality

Is it possible that young people would both do and feel better about themselves if we quit trying to make everyone equal across the board?

Can You Name America’s First Presidents?

Can You Name America’s First Presidents?

Many college students can't even name Thomas Jefferson as one of them.

Carl Schmitt: The Philosopher of Conflict

Carl Schmitt: The Philosopher of Conflict

He was a friend and colleague of Heidegger.

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