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When the Russians Came to Town: Reflections on Communism and Socialism

When the Russians Came to Town: Reflections on Communism and Socialism

The Soviet Union is gone, thrown into the dustbin of history, but a lesson remains from those Russian visitors.

Red Flag Laws in the Age of Political Psychiatry

Red Flag Laws in the Age of Political Psychiatry

In the wake of recent horrific shooting sprees, Donald Trump and other Republicans wishing to appear to “do something” have seized the purported “middle ground”: red flag laws. 

Saying No to Socialism

Saying No to Socialism

This is the way of socialism. Is it time we as Americans start rejecting this way at every opportunity?

When Nominalists Curl in the Squat Rack

When Nominalists Curl in the Squat Rack

If you see some barbarian curling in the squat rack, take action. You may be surprised how drastically you alter someone’s worldview.

And Then They Came for the Left’s Sacred Symbols

And Then They Came for the Left’s Sacred Symbols

What to do when a Marxist mural depicting a dark side of American history is suddenly on the chopping block?

Is There a 'Catholic Case for Communism'?

Is There a 'Catholic Case for Communism'?

Communists killed millions of their citizens and severely persecuted Christians. I was thinking of all this because America, the magazine published by America’s Jesuits, recently featured an essay making “The Catholic Case for Communism.”

How Did the Presidential Campaign Get to Be so Long?

How Did the Presidential Campaign Get to Be so Long?

It wasn’t always this way.

Communism and Nazism Are Now Legally Synonymous in Ukraine

Communism and Nazism Are Now Legally Synonymous in Ukraine

Both Europeans and Americans would do well to consider two groups who would have enthusiastically supported state-imposed bans on undesired speech: Nazis and communists.

What Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor Taught About Forgiveness

What Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor Taught About Forgiveness

If you don’t have the life you want, Kor might counsel, don’t double-down on mistaken ideas about life. Don’t rehearse your blaming thoughts keeping painful wounds open.

Is College Really Getting Easier?

Is College Really Getting Easier?

Students are studying less. Grades are rising. And college graduation rates have increased a good deal in the last several decades.

Fighting for the Right to Repair Our Stuff

Fighting for the Right to Repair Our Stuff

Manufacturers are creating monopolies by preventing customers (or anyone else) from fixing their products. It's time to end that.

The Chinese Communist Party and Their Brave New World

The Chinese Communist Party and Their Brave New World

Aaron Sarin's "When the Lion Wakes" reveals harrowing truths about the Chinese Communist Party.  

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.

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