The West

Western Civilization, Western Tradition, History of the West

Two Ways Our World Resembles '1984'

Two Ways Our World Resembles '1984'

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four,” Winston Smith tells us. “If this is granted, all else follows.” When I read this line 25 years ago I didn’t understand what Orwell was saying. Now I do.

Post-Russiagate: Who Has the Most Egg on Their Face?

Post-Russiagate: Who Has the Most Egg on Their Face?

The reputations of media pundits and whole news organizations are now in shambles and exposed for all to see.

How to Raise 'Em Tough in a World of Chaos

How to Raise 'Em Tough in a World of Chaos

Is it too risky to bring children into this chaotic world in which we live?

Australia's Gun Laws and Homicide Show Correlation Isn't Causation

Australia's Gun Laws and Homicide Show Correlation Isn't Causation

Should New Zealand follow in Australia's footsteps with gun restrictions?

'Much Ado about Nothing': Shakespeare’s Answer to #MeToo

'Much Ado about Nothing': Shakespeare’s Answer to #MeToo

Shakespeare's solution to toxic masculinity is a message we would be wise to consider.

Former Navy SEAL Suggests 3 Reasons Young People Are Buying into Socialism

Former Navy SEAL Suggests 3 Reasons Young People Are Buying into Socialism

"It's a lack of gratitude," notes U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw.

Is It Time to Dump the SAT?

Is It Time to Dump the SAT?

One study recently revealed that nine out of 10 college students admitted to cheating on their exams and papers.

Lawmakers Want to Give Voting Rights to Teens They Treat Like Toddlers with Compulsory Schooling Laws

Lawmakers Want to Give Voting Rights to Teens They Treat Like Toddlers with Compulsory Schooling Laws

Sixteen-year-olds may get permission to vote, but in school, they still need permission to use the bathroom.

Life Lessons from a Modern-Day Lighthouse Keeper

Life Lessons from a Modern-Day Lighthouse Keeper

Split Rock Lighthouse keeper Lee Radzak is leaving the job after 36 years. What made him stay so long?

What's the Problem with 'Reparations'?

What's the Problem with 'Reparations'?

As the issue of reparations for victims of slavery rages, we encounter a common problem: virtually no one is addressing the specifics of how such a reparations effort would be administered.

The Carl Jung Behind Jordan Peterson

The Carl Jung Behind Jordan Peterson

The Swiss psychologist foresaw and lamented the West's break with tradition and the loneliness of modernity.

How Toxic Masculinity Permeates the Intellectual Takeout Office

How Toxic Masculinity Permeates the Intellectual Takeout Office

Instead of seeing the toxic masculinity abate, I have seen it rise to a fevered pitch in the last few months.

In Germany, the State Can Seize Your Dog if You're Late on Taxes

In Germany, the State Can Seize Your Dog if You're Late on Taxes

The state relies on force to achieve its ends.

Homer on Why Hospitality is the Greatest Virtue

Homer on Why Hospitality is the Greatest Virtue

What would Homer tell us if he was alive today?

Are Marie Kondo and Jordan Peterson Using the Same Method to Build Their Audiences?

Are Marie Kondo and Jordan Peterson Using the Same Method to Build Their Audiences?

In essence, Marie Kondo and Jordan Peterson are encouraging and equipping people to pull their lives together.

How to Win Arguments When You Haven’t a Leg to Stand On

How to Win Arguments When You Haven’t a Leg to Stand On

Arthur Schopenhauer should be named as the official philosopher of the internet.

Alexandra Tolstoy and the Appeal of a Simple Life

Alexandra Tolstoy and the Appeal of a Simple Life

Alexandra Tolstoy's images portray the simplicity and the peacefulness that we all secretly crave for ourselves and our children, but feel we never can attain in our fast-paced modern world.

The Myth That the US Leads the World in Mass Shootings

The Myth That the US Leads the World in Mass Shootings

To understand the misleading narrative, we must look to the era of narrative-driven journalism and the politicization of society, both of which subjugate truth to ideology and politics.

Is There a Threat to English?

Is There a Threat to English?

When it comes to language assimilation, neither of the standard assurances is convincing.

What One Professor Learned While Teaching Conservative Political Theory to Liberal Students

What One Professor Learned While Teaching Conservative Political Theory to Liberal Students

Does open discussion of ideas bring greater contention, or not?

Most Americans Can’t Pass a Basic Citizenship Test. Here’s Why We Should Be Worried.

Most Americans Can’t Pass a Basic Citizenship Test. Here’s Why We Should Be Worried.

We need to fix this, for the sake of our republic.

Marx and Lincoln: Comrades in the Making?

Marx and Lincoln: Comrades in the Making?

Looking back, it seems odd that the avatar of international communism and the exalted founder of the now pro-capitalist Republican Party were ideological bedfellows.

How to Know If You’re Truly ‘In Love’

How to Know If You’re Truly ‘In Love’

How do we know what true love looks like?

Is Diversity an Enemy of Excellence?

Is Diversity an Enemy of Excellence?

Diversity programs are evolving just as many have predicted: to erode academic standards and to promote second-rate fields and third-rate thinking.

Why Are Young Men No Longer Solid Providers?

Why Are Young Men No Longer Solid Providers?

It appears that the genre of young-man-in-Mom’s-basement is no longer looked down upon but is in fact extolled as a viable career choice.

Has the IVF Industry Been Lying to Millennials?

Has the IVF Industry Been Lying to Millennials?

Media reports are exposing the industry’s empty promises.

Ted Bundy and the Banality of Evil

Ted Bundy and the Banality of Evil

Netflix's new docu-series about the famous killer has no there there—and that's exactly the point.

Modern Men in the City

Modern Men in the City

What does it mean to be masculine?

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