The West

Western Civilization, Western Tradition, History of the West

There’s a Simple Reason Today’s Students ‘Know Nothing’

There’s a Simple Reason Today’s Students ‘Know Nothing’

American schools have been following the educational ideas of one man for a number of decades... and student knowledge continues to stagnate.

Propaganda: The Accusation is More Important than the Verdict

Propaganda: The Accusation is More Important than the Verdict

Lots of accusations are flying out there, here’s something to keep in mind.

What to Do On Thanksgiving

What to Do On Thanksgiving

In a culture so animated by people wanting, taking, and consuming, Thanksgiving stands alone. It is a time of humility, a time to remember all those who toiled and struggled to secure the blessings we have, a time to maybe even acknowledge the hand of Providence. 

Meet the Woman Who Helped Make Thanksgiving a US Holiday

Meet the Woman Who Helped Make Thanksgiving a US Holiday

Without the dogged activism of Sarah Josepha Hale, Thanksgiving may never have become the national holiday it is today.

Progress Comes Through Conflict?

Progress Comes Through Conflict?

It is an odd thing about man; even at peace we need outlets for competition and conflict.

Canadian T.A. Reveals that Objective Truth is Not the Goal of Higher Education

Canadian T.A. Reveals that Objective Truth is Not the Goal of Higher Education

A Canadian T.A. was called to task for objectively sharing both sides of an issue in a university discussion.

We Need a New Elite

We Need a New Elite

"When we are required to define life as random chaos without order or spiritual/noble purpose, gratification must be instantaneous or it's not gratifying at all. Why wait? Why not just do as you please, and as your sense drive you to consume, right now?"

Most Parents Don’t Talk to Their Kids, Survey Shows

Most Parents Don’t Talk to Their Kids, Survey Shows

The types of things parents discuss (or don't) with their kids are quite revealing.

Why Rome's Republic Fell With Cicero

Why Rome's Republic Fell With Cicero

Cicero was the Roman Socrates, a man who stood for the community over time, rather than the community of the moment. Like his Greek ancestor, Cicero died a martyr.

Professor Makes Students Cluck Like a Chicken When Beginning a Statement With ‘I Feel’

Professor Makes Students Cluck Like a Chicken When Beginning a Statement With ‘I Feel’

Some professors are fed up with the feelings-based arguments they get in class and are trying to retrain their students to argue logically.

Muslim Inbreeding is a Huge Problem--And People Don't Want to Talk About It

Muslim Inbreeding is a Huge Problem--And People Don't Want to Talk About It

Marriage between cousins remains rampant in much of the Muslim world. And the results are truly tragic.

Is a ‘Nation Without Borders’ an Oxymoron?

Is a ‘Nation Without Borders’ an Oxymoron?

Andrew Sullivan, writing at 'New York' magazine, says Democrats' fidelity to open-borders is a "kind of madness that could keep them from power indefinitely."

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.'

Is Gender Dysphoria a Fad?

Is Gender Dysphoria a Fad?

Camille Paglia recently suggested that the rise of gender dysphoria is simply the new face of the counter-culture. 

Why C.S. Lewis Would Have Sided with Today’s Cursive Writing Supporters

Why C.S. Lewis Would Have Sided with Today’s Cursive Writing Supporters

There was a specific reason why Lewis avoided the typewriter like the plague.

Real Progressives Study the Classics

Real Progressives Study the Classics

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

Self-Sacrifice: The Most Powerful Idea in Our Culture

Self-Sacrifice: The Most Powerful Idea in Our Culture

It would be a mistake to overlook just how Christian this idea is.

Mark Lilla: My Students Are Consumed with Their Own Identities

Mark Lilla: My Students Are Consumed with Their Own Identities

The New Yorker recently had an extensive interview with Columbia University humanities professor Mark Lilla that was quite good. 

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.

How Classic Cartoons Created a Culturally Literate Generation

How Classic Cartoons Created a Culturally Literate Generation

The cartoons from our parents' and grandparents' generations weren't mind-numbing - they were an important pathway to knowledge.

U.S. Is One Generation Away from a Greece-Like Debt Crisis

U.S. Is One Generation Away from a Greece-Like Debt Crisis

The CBO says the nation’s debt-GDP ratio is expected to rise to 150 percent by 2047, a level that 'poses substantial risks for the nation and presents policymakers with significant challenges.'

Up to 5.7 Million Noncitizens Voted in Past Presidential Elections, Study Finds

Up to 5.7 Million Noncitizens Voted in Past Presidential Elections, Study Finds

The study is based on data compiled from Harvard University’s Cooperative Congressional Election Study.

Evergreen Insanity: Students Forced College Pres. to Pee Under Escort

Evergreen Insanity: Students Forced College Pres. to Pee Under Escort

George Bridges, president of Evergreen State College, declined to ask students why they felt he needed to be escorted to the bathroom to pee.

Charles Murray: Violent Middlebury Protesters Should Be Suspended or Expelled

Charles Murray: Violent Middlebury Protesters Should Be Suspended or Expelled

Charles Murray is clearly unhappy that Middlebury College officials declined to take serious action against students involved in a violent protest in March.

Philosophy is Lost in the Dark

Philosophy is Lost in the Dark

Without restoring Plato and true philosophy to their proper stations, we are certain to continue the descent into darkness.

6 Statistics That Show How Much America Has Changed in a Half-Century

6 Statistics That Show How Much America Has Changed in a Half-Century

Here are six statistics that drive home just how much things have changed in America in a little more than a half-century:

The Key to Happiness: Focus on what’s within your control

The Key to Happiness: Focus on what’s within your control

The idea can be traced to the Stoic philosopher Epictetus.

Why the Left Refuses to Talk About Venezuela

Why the Left Refuses to Talk About Venezuela

Venezuela was held up as a model of socialism a few years ago. Today, people are literally starving and will wait hours in line to buy toilet paper.

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