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Looking Out for Number One Only?

Francis Levy | Posted 10.31.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

Capitalism is predicated on the idea of individual initiative. The most obvious economic manifestation of that is entrepreneurship, a talent that's to...

Evil Like to Work the Angles

Shayne Looper | Posted 10.25.2016 | Religion
Shayne Looper

I recently received an invitation to speak at a conference in the UK. The church that sent the invite asked me to speak on a theme I often address in ...

 Khizr Khan: America's 2016 Will Kane

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 08.10.2016 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

It's easy to look at history, whether recent or in previous centuries, to question a lack of action on the part of individuals and nations. It's more difficult to want to see things in the present.

For Evil to Prevail

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.02.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Whatever the intrinsic drama, though, and however often it need not apply -- there is, of course, evil in the world. There is avarice. There is corruption. There is exploitation. Anyone not holding such things to be self-evident, is evidently not paying attention.

EDMUND BURKE'S EARTH DAY SPEECH: How environmentalists became Burkeans and Burkeans became environmentalists

Byron Kennard | Posted 04.25.2016 | Green
Byron Kennard

Here's my favorite quote from Edmund Burke's Earth Day speech, "Never, no, never did Nature say one thing and Wisdom another." Isn't that terrific? A...

Swearing an Oath -- Part 2: The Kristallnacht of American Public Education

Frank Breslin | Posted 02.09.2017 | Education
Frank Breslin

Given this unambiguous show of support for charters, how could our governors have the chutzpah to swear an oath to protect public schools, as this would pose a crisis of conscience, not to speak of a conflict of interest akin to setting a fox to guarding a hen house?

What Can Michael Gerson Be Thinking?

Andy Schmookler | Posted 01.11.2017 | Media
Andy Schmookler

Does Gerson really believe that the Republican Party in which Trump has risen to be the frontrunner embodies "respect for institutions"? What world is he living in?

Not Pitying the Nation

Yara Zgheib | Posted 08.27.2016 | Politics
Yara Zgheib

On the 17th of July 1791, at the height of the French Revolution, the country's National Assembly decreed that Louis XVI would remain king of France under a constitutional monarchy.

Despite Honest Attempts at Universality, "Amazing Grace" Falls Short

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 07.17.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

As the curtain closes, Amazing Grace gets a standing ovation, with shouts and tears to boot. Maybe, I missed something. Maybe, I don't understand. It's okay that I don't like it because someone else did. But for me, it is not enough. It's too trapped in "history" to acknowledge the history that resides inside us.

Chief Justice Roberts Tells Politicians to Serve Their Donors

James Heffernan | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
James Heffernan

With the wording of his opinion in Williams-Yulee vs. Florida bar, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States has effectively told all the politicians in this land to sacrifice their judgment (if they have any) in just this way--but not to their constituents. Oh no.

Connected Criticism

Martin Marty | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Quoting Amos may seem arcane and irrelevant, but it is clear and relevant, as it throws light on a perennial controversy, now rendered acute, in American life.

Let's All Breathe Again

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 02.15.2015 | Black Voices
Robert E. Johnson

As a father, a son, an uncle, a nephew, a brother, and a college president, I must ask myself, "How do I protect my son in a society where there is something structurally wrong with how young black men are treated by the criminal justice system?

The Tortuous, Corrupted Logic of the Last Supreme Court Ruling on Finance

Carl Pope | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Carl Pope

The shard of hope that remains for democracy as most Americans --- and the Founders -- understood it, is that the vote was a divided 5-4, and enjoys not even a smidgeon of public legitimacy.

5 Great Ideas From the Travel Book That Changed My Life

Hunter Styles | Posted 05.17.2014 | Books
Hunter Styles

Not many of my friends have heard of Alain de Botton, the author of trim, thoughtful books like How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Consolations o...

Howard's Daily: Clashing Currents of Political Philosophy

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

The quest for certainty, both in philosophy and law, offers ample evidence of philosophical failures. But humans have a need for philosophy, so embracing the humanistic, organic philosophy of Aristotle, Burke, Tocqueville, Berlin, Havel, and many others is where I think individual and social fulfillment can be found.

The Republicans and the Radical Minority

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It is worth bearing in mind that extreme minority factions can do serious damage to the nation as a whole when they pursue a strategy of burning down the political house in hopes of building a new one.

Jon Ward

Yuval Levin On Obama's Claim To Be Conservative, GOP's Lack Of Governance

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The divisions between right and left that define politics today go far deeper than the talking points thrown around on television, exten...

Jon Ward

Revolutionary Roots Of U.S. Political Divide Explored In New Yuval Levin Book

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- For 15 years, I have kept a quote in my wallet from a Washington Post profile of David Remnick after he had been hired to run The New ...

Be Careful

James Campion | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
James Campion

Don't be fooled. Both liberals and conservatives are always keen on limiting your freedoms, while clouding up your vision of this by arguing that the other has a monopoly on those limits.

The GOP's Real Problem? It's Not Conservative Enough

Alex Knepper | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Alex Knepper

Philosophical conservatism is not a panacea to our nation's problems -- it can be too stuffy, too trusting of tradition, and too attached to visions of a mythical past. But it is a vital component of a healthy political system.

Willard's Last Gaffe?

Sandy Goodman | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

Does Romney really think that the Wall Street billionaires and multimillionaires, Pentagon contractors, chambers of commerce and other big and small businesspeople who so lavishly supported him and other politicians paid all that money out of love and admiration for him and the rest?

Why Voters Should Turn From the Pseudoconservative Party of the Great Recession   PART II

Louis M. Guenin | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Louis M. Guenin

To repair its economy, the U.S. urgently needs finely-tuned macroeconomic policies and institutional changes. For this challenge, a rational voter would not rely on the Republican pseudoconservative political stance that, after helping to bring about the Great Recession, has foundered in self-contradiction.

Why Voters Should Turn From the Pseudoconservative Party of the Great Recession   PART I

Louis M. Guenin | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Louis M. Guenin

The polarized politics of our time, joined with an appetite for pigeonholing, exert pressure on everyone to categorize themselves. Sometimes people declare themselves for "isms" that they have not plumbed. An example in point is conservatism. The politicians who now travel under the banner of "conservatism" happen to espouse views and methods that are incompatible with the philosophy bearing that name. Meanwhile members of the opposing political party have imbibed a dose of the wisdom conveyed by conservatism. This includes a cautious disposition to welcome expert reasoning about economic policy, reasoning of the sort desperately needed for recovery. When the details of this are made clear, so are voters' alternatives in the forthcoming election.

David Brooks: 'Traditional Conservatism Has Gone Into Eclipse'

The New York Times | David Brooks | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics

Conservatism has lost half of its intellectual firepower. Republicans need to recover traditional conservatism or risk becoming irrelevant....

Intellectual Empathy

Michael Jinkins | Posted 09.17.2012 | Education
Michael Jinkins

The capacity for intellectual empathy is essential to those who wish to live generously and with integrity in a pluralistic society. It is even more essential today than in times past.