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The Enlightenment

European Enlightenment and Humanism in Danger: Refugee Crisis

Sayed Hassan Akhlaq | Posted 03.22.2017 | World
Sayed Hassan Akhlaq

As the number of refugees worldwide continues to increase, Western nations struggle to show off their true humanism and the Enlightenment in the face ...

Between the Hard Rock of Liberty and Equality

Byron Williams | Posted 03.09.2017 | Politics
Byron Williams

In America, equality and liberty are the fraternal twins birthed at the nation's founding. And for much of our history they have been embroiled in a sibling rivalry, each in their own way clamoring for the nation's attention.

To Become President, Hillary Needs to Move Left and Right at the Same Time

William Bradley | Posted 03.07.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Paradoxically, Hillary is at once at risk of losing the general election to a rampaging Trumpist populism and in reach of winning a smashing victory.

The Republican Anti-Enlightenment Express Rolls On In Another Goofy Debate

William Bradley | Posted 11.12.2015 | Media
William Bradley

So, another Republican presidential debate brings more confirmation of what the Republican Party has become. It's probably the most reactionary major conservative party of any in the advanced industrial world.

Trump Finally Performs A Public Service (And Poses A Hard Question for Republicans)

William Bradley | Posted 07.19.2015 | Media
William Bradley

For most of my adult life, this semi-literate, mega-rich egomaniac out of New York called Donald Trump has pretended to be an important public figure,...

Scalia's Gay Marriage Dissent Reveals a Bizarre Sense of Political Geography

William Bradley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Did you know that California is not in the West and that the "real America" is the Old Confederacy?

The Second American Enlightenment

Byron Williams | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Byron Williams

The election of President Barack Obama in 2008 was a referendum on the previous eight years of President George W. Bush. The Bush administration buoyed by 9/11 ushered in the "Dark Ages" in the fledgling 21st century, making fear the dominant ethos in American politics.

What Is the Perfect Relationship?

Francis Levy | Posted 06.17.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

How many times are you ready to sever the baby and destroy everything for the sake of an ego which is doomed to die anyway?

18 Inspiring Quotes From The Age Of Reason

Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion

The Enlightenment stands out as one of the periods in human history that profoundly impacted and advanced our understanding of the world we live in. S...

Timothy Ferris' The Science of Liberty

Terence Clarke | Posted 04.12.2014 | Home
Terence Clarke

Vividly well written, The Science of Liberty is a book that anyone interested in science, history, modern politics and the future of creativity should read.

Prelude to Independence

William E. White | Posted 08.25.2013 | Impact
William E. White

Can we -- Americans of the twenty-first century -- secure those Enlightenment ideals of self-government for ourselves? It is fitting that we pause now, during this "Prelude to Independence," and rededicate ourselves to this nation's humanities heritage.

In the Future, People Will Wonder What the Fuss Was All About

William Bradley | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

While the U.S. Supreme Court may hold the line on most of the country, while likely allowing the invalidation of California's Proposition 8 anti-gay marriage initiative, it is clear that the right to same-sex marriage will be part of America's future.

After the Romneyrama, and Serious Matters

William Bradley | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

For Mitt Romney, the convention provides his latest attempt to re-introduce himself to the American people. But what's that old ad tag line? "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." It's not a Don Draper line but it sounds like it ought to be.

Founded in Enlightenment, America Faces Ignorance and Confusion As the Challenges Grow Ever More Complex

William Bradley | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

So as we celebrate another day off and think of fireworks, hot dogs, and all the rest, let's give some thought to how and why this country was founded. And consider how far we have to go in meeting challenges that would daunt even the best of the Founders.

The "Momentary Media" Strikes: Epic Fails by CNN and Fox Highlight Dysfunctionality

William Bradley | Posted 08.28.2012 | Media
William Bradley

The two big cable "news" outlets were so intent on being fast that they were totally wrong. The reporters, producers, on-air "talent," nobody could be bothered to actually read through the decision before broadcasting their stupidity to the world.

The 'Fair Shot' vs. the 'To Do List' -- A Big Revealing Blah in the Presidential Race

William Bradley | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Naturally, what Romney is offering is not a Fair Deal, a New Deal, or even a TR-like Square Deal. It's not a deal at all, for there is a social compact inherent in such. It's a shot. Or a shake. Like one roll of the dice, or a turn at the roulette table of the Big Casino Economy.

The Enlightenment Divides American Politics

William Bradley | Posted 08.16.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

There is no shortage of political divides in this era of angry politics. But one of the most fundamental of all is between those who favor the Enlightenment and those who oppose it.

Can Mars Save American Science From American Politics?

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

Without a strong science base no nation can claim a leadership role in the modern world. But new evidence indicates that support for science in America is in trouble.

In Search of the Public Good

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.16.2011 | Politics
Paul Stoller

As the debt ceiling clock ticks down, we will soon find out if we are a people possessed by selfish personal desire or a people who promote the public good. In what kind of society do you want your children to live?

Totalitarianism, Enlightenment Philosophy and Werewolves with Andrea Cremer

Andrew Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andrew Shaffer

Cremer recently spoke with me about Nightshade, which debuted on The New York Times Bestseller list in October.

Tony Judt's Testimony on his Jewishness

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

Tony Judt has been called a self-hating Jew by some of his critics. In reality he was proud to continue the Jewish tradition of irreverent, independen...

The Arrogance of Catholic Church Authorities

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Thomas de Zengotita

What Church authorities have been revealing about themselves, in their very words, is this: they believe they are what they say they are.

Out of the Hell of Haiti: Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nina Sankovitch

Allende powerfully evokes the events of the 18th century in Island Beneath the Sea, about a slave's journey to freedom through the jungles of Haiti, neighborhoods of Cuba and households of New Orleans.

Our Media Are "Post-Reason," and We Dutifully Follow

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Leonce Gaiter

The web only promotes the democratic impulse if you limit the definition of "democratic" to mere participation. If you mean the ideals of democratic governance, you could not be more wrong.