Matthew Franklin Cooper

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What's Wrong with the Right, the Left, AND the Center

I consider myself politically homeless, and have for a while now.   I started out as a ‘campus leftist’ or ‘social justice warrior’, knee-deep in the works of Marx and Marcuse, Horkheimer and Habermas.   But life as an expat in...

John Ruskin—8 Profound and Relevant Thoughts on Education

John Ruskin (1819-1900), the Victorian English artist and critic, has left behind him not only a school of artwork but also a considerable body of written material – some of it quite profound. In an age where “advanced” and “progressive” ideas...

Is Russia Part of Western Civilization?

A recent tweet by conservative columnist and vlogger Dennis Prager about the news media posing a greater threat to “Western civilization” than Russia has prompted a fierce backlash on online media. It has also indirectly given voice to an age...

Why Conservatives Should Care More about Cities

It’s a time-honoured tradition in America, since the days of Jefferson and even before, to decry the evils of city life. One sees a great deal of this tradition in modern conservative discourse. Small-town America is the ‘real America’, the...

When It Comes to Reading, Does Quality Beat Quantity?

At this cultural moment, a question like quality-over-quantity may seem an inane one to ask. We live in a society, after all, where schools dumb down their English curricula, where one in five rising freshmen enter college as ‘book virgins’, and (...

Why Language and Gender Aren't Just 'Social Constructs'

Many in our culture are confused about the meaning of words. I’m not just talking here about what counts as ‘fake news’, or the typical contortions that politicians put on their own language to distort facts—though that in and of itself is...

Bashar al-Assad: the Abraham Lincoln of Syria

Among the great iconic political leaders of America, few are treated with greater veneration (or, in some circles, vilification) than Abraham Lincoln. He appeals to many parts of our national mythology, and he was a ‘war leader’ during a time of...

Trump Voters: What Exactly Do You Mean by a 'Great' America?

Dear Trump Voters, Let’s start with the basics. What exactly do you mean when you told me during the campaign that you want to ‘make America great again’? The slogan your candidate was elected on states outright that there was a time when...

Dear Clinton Voters: You're Confusing Me

Dear Clinton Voters, I confess that, as someone who voted for neither candidate in 2016, you have me baffled indeed. During the campaign you were warning us in the public that the bellicose nationalism of your opponent was a dark and dangerous...

Common Sense Is Getting Lost in the Immigration Debate

One of the early-medieval words and concepts I’ve thought about bringing back is the ‘thede’. In old England, the ‘thede’ referred to the tribe. It was a familial, rather than an abstract, descriptor of the people or the nation. Even though it...

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