History

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Throughout his career as a writer and journalist, which spanned from the 1920s to the 1970s, Schuyler was scathing in his analysis and relentless in his criticisms of white racism in the America of his time.

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

As the friend/enemy dichotomy intensifies, conspiracy theory advances, and not without evidence: the more politicized society becomes, the more conspiracies really do exist. 

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Ordinary Americans are indeed today much richer than they were during any imagined past golden age.

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Problems with punishment will persist, but they will be more tractable when government’s always-feeble efforts can be concentrated where they matter most: the protection of human lives, limbs, and property.

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

For a child of a banker, John Lanchester manages to get a lot of banking backwards.

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

The use of the lobotomy in US medical history is a shocking and concerning event which continues to leave physicians and historians asking how such a thing could happen. Now we know.

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

Until they were transformed by ideas and culture, minerals and oil were just so much dirt and goo.

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

It’s my habit, and maybe it should be yours, to celebrate every bit of freedom we gain back from the armies of authoritarians who wield the power of the state to improve our lives. It took one hundred years, but they finally got their mitts off this one market.

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

The American nation is and should be a country of free individuals bound together by a belief in a society of liberty, not a collective mythology of tribes, races, or “classes” to which the individual is subservient and for which he may be sacrificed and subjugated.

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

The invention of musical notation in the 11th century made the composition and performance of multi-part music more viable. The construction of large performance venues in cathedrals introduced new possibilities of complex harmonies due to the reverberating soundscape. This further gave rise to music composition as a profession. 

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

It meant that there was not a clear or distinct governing class, much less a hereditary one.

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

The philosophical underpinnings of the Declaration of Independence, therefore, proclaim a self-evident truth of individual liberty and right to honestly acquired property that all men of unbiased reasoning could and should agree with and see as essential to a free, just, and prosperous society.

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.

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