Ideas

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Two Cheers for Howard Zinn

The radical historian was as much populist as leftist.

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Sufjan Stevens Considers Grief

The artist’s newest album presents a nuanced look at loss and its repercussions.

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“Seek a Better Life,” or Stay Put?

Perhaps the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

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What Happened to the Willows

Conservation experts often have a fatal flaw: they aren’t locals.

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Week 7: Natural Rights Conservatism—The Case of Leo Strauss

The political philosopher’s conservative admirers may have completely misunderstood him.

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Searching for a Better Dystopia

YA blockbusters recycle the authoritarian trope, while leaving hedonism’s dark traps unexplored.

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Seven Questions for Benjamin Schwarz

Talking post-Cold War foreign policy, consumer capitalism, and Churchill with our national editor.

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Secularists vs. Providentialists

America’s religious liberty is the product of two competing traditions—but does today’s Supreme Court respect the balance?

Week 6: Libertarianism—Revisiting Hayek

The libertarian icon respected tradition greatly—but only as a precondition of progress.

America’s Kingly Constitution

The imperial presidency is a product of our nation’s framing. Were there monarchists among the Founders?

That’s Just Your Opinion

Contra Jeffrey Lebowski and Justin McBrayer, opinions are precisely what we can publicly debate.

Public Policy’s Absent Aesthetics

Talk of health and wealth cannot substitute for sublimity and attraction in human motivations.

The Internet & Parched Souls

Why the “virtual village” doesn’t exist

Week 5: Libertarianism—Sources and Themes

John Stuart Mill pioneered the libertarian assault on custom, and its willingness to force people to be free.