The West

Western Civilization, Western Tradition, History of the West

Are Homeschoolers Overqualified?

Are Homeschoolers Overqualified?

A shocking letter to Mike Rowe suggests they are.

Why We Need Alpha Males

Why We Need Alpha Males

Somebody has to fight the wolves. 

We Warned the Japanese…

We Warned the Japanese…

Still, the bombings of Japan during World War II raise tough questions.

How Pagan Writings Convinced a Famous Atheist to Convert to Christianity

How Pagan Writings Convinced a Famous Atheist to Convert to Christianity

"If I met the idea of sacrifice in a Pagan story I didn’t mind it at all … I liked it very much and was mysteriously moved by it."

Is Harvard’s New ‘Center of Happiness’ Quixotic?

Is Harvard’s New ‘Center of Happiness’ Quixotic?

Aristotle probably would have said so. 

How Our Perception of Masculinity is Changing

How Our Perception of Masculinity is Changing

Does the public have a decidedly negative view of masculinity?

Death By Government: The Primary Fact of the 20th Century

Death By Government: The Primary Fact of the 20th Century

Four times as many people were killed by their own government as were killed in war from 1914-1991.

Are Unmarried Cohabiting Parents as Effective as Married Ones?

Are Unmarried Cohabiting Parents as Effective as Married Ones?

Modern society has come to accept cohabitation out of a desire to be open-minded.

Former Teacher: 8 Negative Lessons Today’s Schools Teach

Former Teacher: 8 Negative Lessons Today’s Schools Teach

Are today’s schools simply a medium for creating a generation of mindless robots ready to do whatever they are told?

Did Bad Hemorrhoids Cause Napoleon to Lose at Waterloo?

Did Bad Hemorrhoids Cause Napoleon to Lose at Waterloo?

It's a persistent claim and the theme of a popular book. 

How Tyrants Rise: Plato's Eerie 2,500 Year-Old Warning

How Tyrants Rise: Plato's Eerie 2,500 Year-Old Warning

When citizens are alienated from the political process they look to a champion to attack the oligarchs ruling over them. The champion will become the tyrant, Plato suggests. 

Why Not Polygamy?

Why Not Polygamy?

A Muslim academic explains how monogamy degrades many Muslim women.

What C.S. Lewis Thought of Testing

What C.S. Lewis Thought of Testing

Remarkable insight from the past on a trending issue.

Book BURNERS and Book BANNERS are Cut from the Same Cloth

Book BURNERS and Book BANNERS are Cut from the Same Cloth

Make no mistake, the book banners have the same motivation as the book burners. 

Study: Teaching Kids Philosophy Makes Them Smarter

Study: Teaching Kids Philosophy Makes Them Smarter

Children who participated in a philosophy class once a week over the course of a year saw significantly higher math and literacy scores. 

Ben Franklin’s 4 Rules for Disagreeable People

Ben Franklin’s 4 Rules for Disagreeable People

In a world where quick wit and self-interest are the norm, Franklin’s words are worthy of reflection.

Is the Disappearance of a Sabbath Linked to Family Decline?

Is the Disappearance of a Sabbath Linked to Family Decline?

A new poll shows traditional, family-related Sabbath activities have plummeted in recent years.

An Auschwitz Survivior's Search for Meaning

An Auschwitz Survivior's Search for Meaning

Much can be learned from Viktor Frankl, a Jewish psychiatrist from Austria who spent three years in concentration camps.

Can You Recognize America’s First Political Cartoon?

Can You Recognize America’s First Political Cartoon?

Ben Franklin published it on this day in 1754.

Are We Discouraging Mothers from Their Most Important Work?

Are We Discouraging Mothers from Their Most Important Work?

Do we need to reconsider the mass societal encouragement of the two-parent income?

The one Trump comparison you haven’t heard yet

The one Trump comparison you haven’t heard yet

Students of Greek history will notice similarities with this famed Athenian general. 

Would Math Scores Improve if Schools Taught Logic?

Would Math Scores Improve if Schools Taught Logic?

"Math is simply a matter of stating the terms of your argument and then defending those statements using logic."

The Key Thing That Differentiates Ancient and Modern Schoolteachers

The Key Thing That Differentiates Ancient and Modern Schoolteachers

In recent years, America’s schools have attempted to train teachers of the highest quality.

Ben Franklin on the Value of Rational Debate

Ben Franklin on the Value of Rational Debate

In comparison to the rational debate fostered by Franklin and his fellows, is our debate all too often irrational?

Why feminists hate Lord of the Rings

Why feminists hate Lord of the Rings

"...it has been my nightmare that J.R.R. Tolkien would turn out to be the most influential writer of the twentieth century." 

Do Most Humans Long to Be Ruled?

Do Most Humans Long to Be Ruled?

‘Tellingly, none of these Trump-era enthusiasms involve a reinvigoration of congressional prerogatives or a renewed push for federalism and states’ rights.’

Chesterton on the ‘New Rebel’

Chesterton on the ‘New Rebel’

The modern man rebels against everything.

Can You Pass An Eighth Grade Arithmetic Test from 1908?

Can You Pass An Eighth Grade Arithmetic Test from 1908?

These make the NAEP 8th grade sample questions look like a piece of cake.

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