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Broadening Your Event Horizon

Francis Levy | Posted 03.02.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

You go to an otolaryngologist for throat problems, but an ichthyologist if you're the old man in the Hemingway novel and want to know what fish your wrestling with.

Sport and Society for Arete-Sterling

Richard Crepeau | Posted 07.02.2014 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

Thinking about Donald Sterling, his life story, his success, his amassing of wealth, it cannot be a great surprise that he ended up where he did.

The Theory of Moral Sentiments

Francis Levy | Posted 05.07.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

In a review of Andrew Cayton's Love in the Time of Revolution: Transatlantic Literary Radicalism and Historical Change, 1793-1818 ("Emotions in the B...

The Roots of Paul Ryan's Rage

Sean McElwee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Conservative and libertarian arguments about social spending are rooted in the discredited Social Darwinism of Herbert Spencer and William Graham Sumner.

Social Darwinism Redux

Francis Levy | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Francis Levy

Jerry Z. Muller's essay "Capitalism and Inequality" (Foreign Affairs, March/April 2013) addresses a central issue our time: "the rise of economic ine...

Outrage Over Class Photo: 'Adults Should Know Better'

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.19.2013 | Parents

A school photo that depicts a disabled student sitting conspicuously apart from the rest of his classmates was retaken after the boy's outraged parent...

Do Libertarians Really Threaten LGBT Rights? I Don't Think So

James Peron | Posted 05.26.2013 | Gay Voices
James Peron

It was government sodomy laws that made our existence a crime. Some of us wanted to limit government -- horrors! -- by repealing those laws.

Should Evolutionists Be More Self-Critical About Social Darwinism?

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 09.19.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

Creationism should be weakened at every turn. If that means evolutionists need to be purposefully more self-critical on social Darwinism, then so be it.

Social Darwinism: A Bad Idea With a Worse Name

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

If there's no connection to evolution, then why is it called social Darwinism? It shouldn't be -- and it's time we changed the name to stop the confusion.