The West

Western Civilization, Western Tradition, History of the West

How 'Rights' Have Gone Wrong

How 'Rights' Have Gone Wrong

The Founding Fathers debated whether the Constitution should include a Bill of Rights at all. 

Ancient Methods For Curing Depression

Ancient Methods For Curing Depression

Depression is a terrible beast, isn’t it?  

Why Children are Unlikely to Understand these References in Peanut Cartoons

Why Children are Unlikely to Understand these References in Peanut Cartoons

Many children are no longer familiar with a key source which Charles Schulz used for his inspiration.

A 1st-Century Roman Teacher on How to Raise a Genius

A 1st-Century Roman Teacher on How to Raise a Genius

Do we have a lot more "geniuses" in this country than we realize?

Edmund Burke on Manners

Edmund Burke on Manners

Have we come to believe that manners are bonds of affliction, rather than affection?

Why French Parents Are Still the Boss of Their Kids

Why French Parents Are Still the Boss of Their Kids

"The symptoms were obvious. I cajoled. French parents did not cajole. I wheedled. French parents definitely did not wheedle."

5 Quotes from Harriet Tubman, the New Face of the $20 Bill

5 Quotes from Harriet Tubman, the New Face of the $20 Bill

“I started with this idea in my head, ‘Dere’s two things I’ve got a right to, and dese are, Death or Liberty..."

Tocqueville: How Individualism is a Sign of Equality

Tocqueville: How Individualism is a Sign of Equality

When it comes to an emphasis on the individual, Americans lead the pack.

5’9” White Guy: ‘I’m a 6’5” Chinese woman’
The Reason Why Universities Don’t Give Their Students Challenging Texts

The Reason Why Universities Don’t Give Their Students Challenging Texts

By avoiding difficult texts in our colleges and universities, have we tossed out the opportunities to create many real “geniuses”?

Stanford Dean: 8 Basic Skills We’re Failing to Teach Young People

Stanford Dean: 8 Basic Skills We’re Failing to Teach Young People

The culture of coddling and protection which we have built is the culprit.

Are We the 'Last Men'?

Are We the 'Last Men'?

Nietzsche's fear was that Western man would reject the Superman in favor of the “Last Man.”

The Real Debate is over Human Nature

The Real Debate is over Human Nature

Is there evil in the heart of all men?

C.S. Lewis on the Decline of Reasoning

C.S. Lewis on the Decline of Reasoning

Today the education system and news media fail to awaken this power of reasoning in most.

Did Stanford Students Just Reject Western Civilization?

Did Stanford Students Just Reject Western Civilization?

Recently, Stanford students voted down a petition to include a Western civilization course as part of the curriculum. 

Professor: One Reason Why Universities Became Day Cares

Professor: One Reason Why Universities Became Day Cares

Is it too late to encourage colleges to start acting like actual institutions of higher learning rather than a glorified form of preschool?

Thomas Jefferson's Fiction Reading List

Thomas Jefferson's Fiction Reading List

The Sage of Monticello read much more than treatises on government.

Does Abandoning Community Lead to Inequality?

Does Abandoning Community Lead to Inequality?

Alexis de Tocqueville raised the connection between equality and community in his classic work Democracy in America.

Millicent, Zombies, and the Gullibility of Americans

Millicent, Zombies, and the Gullibility of Americans

The recent viral zombie prank has an interesting parallel to Americans' lack of knowledge.

Ben Franklin’s 7 Steps to Financial Success

Ben Franklin’s 7 Steps to Financial Success

“Remember that Time is Money."

A Muslim King Makes a Gesture Toward Christians

A Muslim King Makes a Gesture Toward Christians

King Abdullah of Jordan, a Muslim, announced that he is funding the restoration of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Pedophilia is a sexual orientation?!?

Pedophilia is a sexual orientation?!?

That’s what a psychologist argued on Reddit. 

2,200-Year-Old Poop Reveals Mystery of Where Hannibal’s Army Crossed Alps

2,200-Year-Old Poop Reveals Mystery of Where Hannibal’s Army Crossed Alps

Officials at Queen’s University Belfast announced they have solid evidence of where Hannibal’s army crossed into Italia, finally answering the question that perplexed historians for centuries.

Why Students Today are Financially Illiterate

Why Students Today are Financially Illiterate

It all goes back to how much the teacher knows.

The Founding Fathers on What to Do With Poor People

The Founding Fathers on What to Do With Poor People

7 quotes on what they thought

The Core Values of a Gentleman

The Core Values of a Gentleman

These classic, core values apply to a Gentlemen from any century.

Education Today: An Inch Deep and a Mile Wide?

Education Today: An Inch Deep and a Mile Wide?

Today’s education system too often emphasizes quantity over quality.

Bonhoeffer on the ‘Stupidity’ That Led to Hitler’s Rise

Bonhoeffer on the ‘Stupidity’ That Led to Hitler’s Rise

Americans today might do well to heed Bonhoeffer’s warning.  

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