History

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Far from fighting to supplant a prevailing ideology for our age, “neoliberalism’s” critics appear to be battling a phantasm of their own imagining.

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

To lose faith in the power of changing hearts and minds is to lose faith in the deliberative and peaceful process of social change.

Friday, May 31st, 2019

This night he became a preacher of goodness, of civility, of moral strength in the face of struggle. The poetry of it all, and the promise that goodness and decency can prevail, was manifest in the crowds and the city right here, this night, in Budapest. It combined to inspire him to find the fullness of his voice.

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Chernobyl is a story of a grievous disaster that had untold human and natural cost; no one intended the nuclear disaster to occur. But it is more importantly a story of how the culture of fear bred by totalitarianism made a mistake unconscionably worse.

Monday, May 20th, 2019

As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn reminds us, the line between good and evil runs through the heart of every person — and a just cause is the most seductive nourishment of baser parts of our souls… of the abyss within.

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Freud once said Rome was a palimpsest—an organic place with many layers of history and textures of meaning. The same, we now know, can be said of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which ensures that heroic archetypes of old live on to still influence, instruct, and inspire us today.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

In the face of the history and practice throughout the ages of tyranny and despotism, monarchy and aristocracy, America was this self-declared and self-established system of representative, republican government.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

What the Notre-Dame fire of 2019 should teach us is that civilization is more fragile than we want to believe. We dare not take it for granted. The fires come when and from a place we least expect, and the damage is often irrecoverable.

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

The court of manners has been replaced by the court of law.

Monday, March 25th, 2019

A free press and an open intellectual environment is one that should not only challenge the words and deeds of governments in the name of liberty, but should unearth, investigate, and inform the professional and lay public about the realities and truths of the world in which we all live, in both their ugliness and their beauty, in their uplifting acts and their despicable deeds.

Friday, March 15th, 2019

The ideology of hate that spilled so much blood in New Zealand is best avenged through a new dedication to a social philosophy of love, cooperation, and freedom for all.

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Every idealist hopes that humankind can learn from history. There is plenty of evidence that we do not.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

The death of Lagerfeld does not mean the certain and forever death of elegance. His death might shock us all into a new sensibility that helps us all see what he saw: if we want the world to be beautiful, we have to make it so.

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

Sorry, but it is historical fact that the German National Socialists was a nationalist party.

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Want to become a champion of liberty? Eschew historicism. Be suspicious of grand millenarian eschatologies. Learn to love the little things in life. Celebrate every individual’s right to choose how they live their lives. Smile when you think of every box of chocolate given and received this February 14th.

Monday, December 31st, 2018

The road not taken by Cuba, that of not having the revolution, is one on which the country would have been healthier and richer than it is now. This denial of human flourishing makes Cuba just like any other Communist regime, and thus the regime deserves only scorn.

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

The atmosphere at AIER makes for a welcome contrast with the civic culture of division and anger that dominates politics and mainstream news. We are focused on the long term, and on truth and integrity as the desiderata of intellectual value.

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Neoliberalism is one of academia's trendiest boogiemen. Do historians have the wrong origin story?

Friday, December 7th, 2018

The financial part of the Marshall plan was not the decisive factor in the West European recovery. What mattered was economic liberalization, relative monetary and fiscal stability, and the promotion of economic integration.

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

In a new NBER working paper, Cory Cutsail and Farley Grubb offer a novel data set on North Carolina’s paper-money regime (1712-1774).

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