Ideas

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A Whole New News?

Media in the age of Twitter tantrums and Facebook fearmongering

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Why America Isn’t Socialist

Jeffersonian populism and Bolshevik statism fractured a movement that could not overcome the two-party system.

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On the Value of Thought Experiments

Simplifying situations into their component parts under constraints can help make sense of impossible complexities.

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How to Escape the Echo Chamber

Online communities can be toxic—but we can escape (and even reform) them.

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Does Dating Still Matter?

Tinder doesn’t just sell us short on love—it can also foil opportunities for new friendships.

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The Way We Speak Now

In the age of of “trigger warnings” and Trump, we’ve lost a common standard for public discourse.

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Byzantine Empire—or Republic?

Eastern emperors were accountable to their people and the public good without being democrats.

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Constant Lambert Lost (and Found)

The musician’s dark side makes it hard to remember his stunning beginnings.

How We Talk About Motherhood

The Planned Parenthood videos should prompt us to consider how we treat the unborn, and the women who carry them.

Why Are So Many College Students Depressed?

Sad tales of suicide should motivate us to reconsider our educational goals and methods.

Why Read Christopher Lasch?

The conservative radical has answers to Charles Murray’s hard questions.

T.S. Eliot, American

How his St. Louis roots and rocky marriage made “The Waste Land” possible

Dancing With Words

Why handwriting is much more than a cumbersome discipline

Sherlock Holmes’s Politics

He was a Victorian libertarian—and imperial conservative.

Is a Woman’s Place in the Workforce?

What Hillary Clinton—and much of society—gets wrong about the stay-at-home mom

Why Community College Matters

It plays a distinctive role in an increasingly rootless academia