The West

Western Civilization, Western Tradition, History of the West

What would Socrates do?

What would Socrates do?

What the trial of Socrates teaches us about cheating--and the difference between winning and greatness. 

When Religious Freedom and Gender Equality Collide

When Religious Freedom and Gender Equality Collide

Should a student’s freedom of conscience take precedence over a teacher’s rights? (This is not a hypothetical question.)

Is Western Civilization ‘Superior’?

Is Western Civilization ‘Superior’?

Rep. Steve King made this claim last night, and it's generated a lot of controversy.

James Madison on the Separation of Church and State

James Madison on the Separation of Church and State

The ‘father of the Constitution’ didn’t like government and religion commingling one bit.  

Oxford Scholar: A Remedy for the Decline of Knowledge

Oxford Scholar: A Remedy for the Decline of Knowledge

This decline is producing adults with only a smattering of knowledge, leaving them defenseless against the barrage of propaganda they encounter.

Can the Decline of the West Be Stopped?

Can the Decline of the West Be Stopped?

In watching the 2016 campaigns unfold, it’s hard not to be depressed.

What is Distributism?

What is Distributism?

Understanding a controversial alternative to socialism and plutocracy.

Sword Hunt: Why an ancient ruler confiscated all swords in Japan

Sword Hunt: Why an ancient ruler confiscated all swords in Japan

In 16th century Japan, a man named Toyotomi Hideyoshi tried to confiscate every single sword in Japan not owned by a samurai.

Policing Was Militarized from the Start

Policing Was Militarized from the Start

'I abominate and detest the idea of a government, where there is a standing army.'

Parricide Was Not Treated Kindly in Ancient Rome

Parricide Was Not Treated Kindly in Ancient Rome

There is a reason we use the world ‘roman’ as an adjective today.

The Hippocratic Oath doesn’t say ‘First, Do No Harm’
Homer’s ‘Iliad’ is a Morality Tale

Homer’s ‘Iliad’ is a Morality Tale

The message the poet means to convey in his epic are not historical facts, but eternal moral truths.

Why Progressives Are Going to Win

Why Progressives Are Going to Win

Progressivism has a strong competitive advantage.

Philosopher Explains Why We Protest. All. The. Time.

Philosopher Explains Why We Protest. All. The. Time.

'The self-assertive shrillness of protest arises because the facts of incommensurability ensure that protestors can never win an argument...'

Solzhenitsyn, Suffering, and the Meaning of Life

Solzhenitsyn, Suffering, and the Meaning of Life

The purpose of life is not worldly riches and the creature comforts they can purchase. Such trinkets can never satisfy the needs of the soul.

J.R.R. Tolkien's Hope for the Modern World

J.R.R. Tolkien's Hope for the Modern World

It rested in the idea that God makes nothing in vain, and that Grace perfects fallen nature.

Decentralization: The Secret of Swiss Success

Decentralization: The Secret of Swiss Success

Will other nations take notice?

Frightening: This Description of the Decline of Rome sounds like America

Frightening: This Description of the Decline of Rome sounds like America

“A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within.”

Modern America Through Edmund Burke’s Eyes

Modern America Through Edmund Burke’s Eyes

While Americans often view monarchy as an authoritarian form of government, the methods employed by the US government would yield Burkian disapproval.

The strange history of ‘Mein Kampf’ in France

The strange history of ‘Mein Kampf’ in France

The first French edition of “Mein Kampf” was published in 1934 by an eccentric, right-wing publisher named Fernand Sorlot.

Orwell on Why Politicians Resort to Euphemisms

Orwell on Why Politicians Resort to Euphemisms

An insight from his 1945 essay "Politics and the English Language".

Sharing Your Netflix Password Might Now Be a Federal Crime
3 Reasons Why Kids Should Read Classic Stories

3 Reasons Why Kids Should Read Classic Stories

The head of a prominent reading organization just bashed classic stories... is she misguided?

What Does Healthy Democracy Look Like?

What Does Healthy Democracy Look Like?

Democracies can be tyrannical, too.

Why are people starting to believe in UFOs again?

Why are people starting to believe in UFOs again?

Forty-five percent of Americans believe extraterrestrials have visited the Earth.

Study: 1 in 3 History Majors Don’t Take U.S. History

Study: 1 in 3 History Majors Don’t Take U.S. History

Not good considering that only 12 percent of American high school students are proficient in history.

Absolute Comfort Corrupts Absolutely

Absolute Comfort Corrupts Absolutely

The best and clearest way that I can exemplify the harmful effects of distraction-addiction is to recall my experience in prison.

School Grades Enter the ‘Everyone-Gets-a-Trophy’ World

School Grades Enter the ‘Everyone-Gets-a-Trophy’ World

If we continually prop those who fail, are we putting not only them, but all students at risk of a poorer quality education?

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