Religion | Politics

A Note to My Fellow Progressives

Personal note: The author tries to understand privilege. Realizes that the very writing of this is in some way due to a lighter life experience. And so hoping that you might consider him an ironically hip yet still authentic ally, feels it necessary to list the following credentials: Son to immigrant parents. Grandchild of Holocaust […]

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Religion | Politics

The Bleak View of Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s recent article in the Atlantic — “The First White President” is a devastating and image-shattering look at how President Trump is truly the first white President. While I highly recommend reading it in its entirety, I will briefly summarize its arguments here: Trump is half as qualified as his predecessor, has time and again […]

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Features

The Moral Contamination of Free Speech

We find ourselves living in an age where free speech is considered by many as a concept that only right-wingers care about. “You think free speech is important?” I’m asked. When I respond, “Yes,” eyebrows are raised, shoulders tilt away, and through the forehead of my interlocutors I envision some panicked calculations in their minds: Is […]

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Review

The Strange Death of Europe, Revisited

Areo has already published a review of Douglas Murray’s The Strange Death of Europe. However, since the book and its relevant themes are still being discussed, we thought a critical and in-depth perspective might help widen the debate. ***  If the title of Douglas Murray’s latest book The Strange Death of Europe doesn’t fill you with optimism, […]

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Culture | Media

A Plea for the Humanities

I’ve often heard people argue a moral case for the inclusion of gender theory, “critical race” theory and other forms of theory influenced by postmodern streams of thought on college syllabuses for the humanities. If you are skeptical about such theories, I am sometimes told, you must be sexist, racist or transphobic. Or perhaps you […]

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Religion | Politics

How Terrorists Are Creating a New Language

I have been stalking members of the terrorist group Tawheed Network (formerly al-Muhajiroun). I have spied on them over the Internet, and heard much gossip about them in my neighborhood of Bury Park, Luton. Unfortunately, I have uncovered something disturbing. The local jihadis have been cautious since December 2015, when their leader Istiak Alamgir was arrested. They […]

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Religion | Politics

Same-Sex Marriage: A Case for “Yes”

In its recent decision, the High Court of Australia cleared the way for a voluntary survey of the electorate to gauge community support for same-sex marriage. I don’t defend this idea: a voluntary survey is an unreliable instrument at best, and in any event providing for same-sex marriage is an issue that could be settled […]

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