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Conservative Nationalism Is Not About Liberty

– July 23, 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.

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The Economics of Music in the Middle Ages

– July 21, 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. 

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The Classical Liberal Ideal of Equality

– July 2, 2019

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

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The Real Spirit of the Declaration of Independence

– July 2, 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.

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The Fairytale of Hegemonic Neoliberalism

– June 5, 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.

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A Case for Civility in Public Debate

– June 3, 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.

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Why Jordan Peterson Teared Up During His Budapest Lecture

– May 31, 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.

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The Banality of Evil in HBO’s Chernobyl

– May 30, 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.

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What the Game of Thrones Finale Can Teach Us About Politics Today

– May 20, 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.

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The Secret Behind the Success of Avengers Endgame

– May 19, 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.

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What 19th-Century Foreign Writers Said about American Freedom and Prosperity

– April 30, 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.

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Cathedrals, Seen and Unseen

– April 16, 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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