State of the Union

Posts in category “Ideas”

The Stillness of Saturday

It’s Saturday—the day of waiting, the day of quiet. The day when …

Posted April 19th, 2014

What Is Conservatism?

Though often mistaken for a partisan ideology, true conservatism represents a much …

Posted April 15th, 2014

Bard College Declares War on Admissions Rigmarole

I once tutored a student who could write an A+ essay, and …

Posted April 11th, 2014

The Case for “Serfdom,” Rightly Understood

Conservatives only empower the state when they make an idol of liberty.

Posted April 9th, 2014

Meeting Past Selves by Reading Where You’re From

After perusing some old bookshelves and boxes, I discovered an old nature …

Posted March 29th, 2014

Richard Powers and the Blown-Up Cultural Narrative

When music is freed from cultural filters, how do fans find the songs that matter?

Posted March 24th, 2014

What’s Wrong with Academic Freedom

Rarely do opinion pieces in college newspapers emerge as subjects of national …

Posted March 5th, 2014

Euthanasia, and the False Omniscience of Compassion

Mary Jo Anderson writes about the false compassion of euthanasia in Crisis …

Posted February 22nd, 2014

Liberalism’s (Un)Limited Government

Why is it that today’s liberals have become the most ardent cheerleaders …

Posted February 20th, 2014

Where Have All the Public Intellectuals Gone?

Despite more accessible academics than ever, Kristof wants ruling class mouthpieces.

Posted February 17th, 2014

5 Things the Disease Model Gets Wrong About Addiction

Denying an addict’s will is a poor path to personal responsibility.

Posted February 12th, 2014

Dyscommunication: “Tribes” at DC’s Studio Theatre

If you couldn’t understand what your family was saying, would you understand …

Posted February 7th, 2014

A Catholic Showdown Worth Watching

The most interesting Roman split is over liberal democracy itself.

Posted February 6th, 2014

A Culture of Life

The answer to America’s abortion scourge isn’t to be found in politics.

Posted January 22nd, 2014

Why Mediocre Stories Matter

When considering the future of fiction, many speak somewhat disdainfully of “fan …

Posted January 21st, 2014

Beauty: Siren or Savior?

When we divorce aesthetics from truth, we are led astray.

Posted January 18th, 2014

Is Common Core Really Dangerous?

For all its legitimate concerns, the Right tends to hyperventilate.

Posted January 16th, 2014