Philosophy

Suicide in America Is Surging. What’s Driving This Mentality of Despair?

Suicide in America Is Surging. What’s Driving This Mentality of Despair?

With the sudden passing of designer Kate Spade and TV personality Anthony Bourdain—both of whom authorities believe took their own life—it’s easy to wonder if an epidemic of suicide is upon us.

Why America’s Self-Help Industry Is Booming

Why America’s Self-Help Industry Is Booming

In his 1989 book Oracle at the Supermarket, psychologist Steven Starker explained how the self-help industry had become a sort of spiritual guide for individuals seeking answers.

Cognitive Dissonance: The Psychological Phenomenon that Explains Why Intellectuals Can’t Stop Believing Socialism Works

Cognitive Dissonance: The Psychological Phenomenon that Explains Why Intellectuals Can’t Stop Believing Socialism Works

There is a long-standing hypothesis in psychology that helps us understand. It’s called cognitive dissonance theory.

Gay Wedding Cakes & Firefox: Why We Need the Freedom to Discriminate

Gay Wedding Cakes & Firefox: Why We Need the Freedom to Discriminate

Is it time for our nation to have a serious conversation about what tolerance really means?

'Cultural Marxism' Is Not the True Culprit of Our Cultural Decay

'Cultural Marxism' Is Not the True Culprit of Our Cultural Decay

“Cultural Marxism” is a bogeyman invoked by conservatives to explain events as varied as the FBI’s trouble with Trump, the evolution of the rock group U2, transgender rights, and the results of the abortion referendum in Ireland.

How Cicero Created a Movement of Free Thinkers

How Cicero Created a Movement of Free Thinkers

Cicero is rarely read today, except by students of Classics and Latin. However, to understand the history of political thought, Cicero is an invaluable resource.

How Complaining Makes Us More Miserable, Ineffectual, and Insecure

How Complaining Makes Us More Miserable, Ineffectual, and Insecure

Complaining can become a state of mind, and in this state of mind humans tend to become less happy and effective.

'Gumball' Clip Brilliantly Reveals the Hollowness of Social Justice ‘Tolerance’

'Gumball' Clip Brilliantly Reveals the Hollowness of Social Justice ‘Tolerance’

A hilarious episode of 'Gumball' has fun with the palpable intolerance of social justice tolerance.

What Getting Out of Bed in the Morning Can Teach Us About Success and Human Nature

What Getting Out of Bed in the Morning Can Teach Us About Success and Human Nature

In his 'Meditations,' Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius observed that a key to growth is training ourselves to do the things we don't wish to do.

Patriotism: Why So Many Intellectuals Can’t Understand It

Patriotism: Why So Many Intellectuals Can’t Understand It

Sam Haselby says this “should be the end times” for American patriotism. Yet the opposite seems to be happening, and he can’t understand why.

Is Justice a Matter of Truth or Power?

Is Justice a Matter of Truth or Power?

Twenty-five hundred years ago Socrates asked a Sophist orator named Thrasymachus the meaning of justice. It's a question we're still struggling to answer.

3 Stoic Lessons That Can Help Heal Our Toxic Political Culture

3 Stoic Lessons That Can Help Heal Our Toxic Political Culture

Back in the days of Ancient Rome and Greece, the founding fathers of the stoic school of philosophy taught the importance of clear-mindedness and rationalism in the development both of the self and of society.

‘You Are Not Special; You Are Not Exceptional’: Why David McCullough Jr.'s dose of reality to young people is important

‘You Are Not Special; You Are Not Exceptional’: Why David McCullough Jr.'s dose of reality to young people is important

The empirical evidence that you are not special is overwhelming, David McCullough Jr. famously observed in a 2012 graduation speech. 

Chesterton: Dogma is Inescapable in Education

Chesterton: Dogma is Inescapable in Education

Dogma cannot be separated from education, G.K. Chesterton argued.

Ayn Rand and Ludwig von Mises Once Had Dinner Together, and It Can Teach Us a Lot About Intellectual Dogmatism

Ayn Rand and Ludwig von Mises Once Had Dinner Together, and It Can Teach Us a Lot About Intellectual Dogmatism

Even intellectual giants cling to their dogmas. But does this intellectual intolerance do a disservice to the advancement of ideas?

Truth: Often Unwelcome, Never 'Dead'

Truth: Often Unwelcome, Never 'Dead'

The question "Is truth dead?" expresses a legitimate concern in an age of rampant subjectivity. But truth will never die.

Marcus Aurelius on How to Turn Around a Rotten Day

Marcus Aurelius on How to Turn Around a Rotten Day

Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius believed that battling reality was futile.

G.K. Chesterton on the Fundamental Difference Between the 'Average Man' and the 'Average Woman'

G.K. Chesterton on the Fundamental Difference Between the 'Average Man' and the 'Average Woman'

G.K. Chesterton believed that men, by nature, tend to be monomaniacal. Women are not.

Why SWAT-style Raids on Bars to ‘Crack Down’ on Underage Drinking Aren't Helpful

Why SWAT-style Raids on Bars to ‘Crack Down’ on Underage Drinking Aren't Helpful

The choice between virtue and vice is a human choice.

What Did Hannah Arendt Really Mean by the Banality of Evil?

What Did Hannah Arendt Really Mean by the Banality of Evil?

Can one do evil without being evil? This was the puzzling question that the philosopher Hannah Arendt grappled with when she reported for on the war crimes trial of Nazi Adolph Eichmann.

What if Women Had Voted on Women's Suffrage?

What if Women Had Voted on Women's Suffrage?

G.K. Chesterton thought that the matter of the vote for women should be left to a vote of women.

Andrew Sullivan: Privilege Is Beginning to Trump Reason in Our Culture

Andrew Sullivan: Privilege Is Beginning to Trump Reason in Our Culture

Many on the left now hold that structural inequalities in society are so overwhelming that reason itself is largely futile, Andrew Sullivan writes.  

Only Congress Has the Power to Declare War. Just Ask James Madison

Only Congress Has the Power to Declare War. Just Ask James Madison

Since 2001 the United States has been in a perpetual state of undeclared war. We have ignored Madison’s warning for too long.

Social Justice: When good becomes evil?

Social Justice: When good becomes evil?

In their effort to right wrongs, the Social Justice warriors often commit the very evil they are attempting to erase.

The 3 Basic Ingredients Needed for Life Happiness

The 3 Basic Ingredients Needed for Life Happiness

One of the overarching desires in life – whether we admit it or not – is to simply be happy. We know it’s not always feasible or realistic, yet it’s something we desire on some level—for ourselves, our spouses, and most especially, our children.

Learning How to Not Be a Snowflake

Learning How to Not Be a Snowflake

Resilience depends not only on what happens to us but how we interpret what happens to us.  

G.K. Chesterton: Women Shouldn't Pursue Careers?

G.K. Chesterton: Women Shouldn't Pursue Careers?

"I do not deny that women have been wronged and even tortured; but I doubt if they were ever tortured so much as they are tortured now by the absurd modern attempt to make them domestic empresses and competitive clerks at the same time."

What Ryan Cooper Gets Wrong About Classical Liberalism

What Ryan Cooper Gets Wrong About Classical Liberalism

Liberalism simply observed that things go better with freedom – not perfectly, not always, not toward creating utopia, but generally much better than any kind of imposition from above ever can.

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