Features, Review

What Happened? Hillary Clinton Still Doesn’t Know

Fittingly, Hillary Clinton tells us two contradictory things about the purpose of her confusing, tedious new tome What Happened?. First page: it’s “the story of what [she] saw, felt, and thought” during the 2016 presidential campaign. Second page: “We can’t understand what happened in 2016 without confronting… the Kremlin,… the FBI, [the] political press… and deep […]

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Culture | Media

The Curious Case of Jordan Peterson

Few have reigned as steady and strong a champion of free speech as well as an opponent of political correctness as University of Toronto professor of psychology, Jordan Peterson. Over the years he has attracted a host of followers in his crusade against identity politics, postmodernism, and campus orthodoxy. Additionally he has been able to earn an impressively high honorarium through […]

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Culture | Media

George Orwell Would Dislike You, Me, and Our Opinions

There is no historical figure — with the exception, perhaps, of Jesus Christ — whose legacy ideologues are keener to appropriate than that of Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell. The author of Animal Farm and 1984 is claimed by propagandists of the left and right as an ideological predecessor. “Orwell’s legacy,” writes Lee Wengraf of the Socialist Worker, “Is our […]

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Science | Tech

Finger Size Does Matter… In Sports

Examine your fingers. Which is longer? Is it the index finger (the finger you use to point with — technically the second digit, or 2D, counting the thumb), or the ring finger (the fourth digit, or 4D)? The relative length of the index and ring fingers is known as the digit ratio or the 2D:4D. […]

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Religion | Politics

The Textual Roots of Islamic Violence

We’re all familiar with the routine by now. A terrorist attack occurs. Hours later, the world learns the identity of the attacker (or, the identities of the attackers). Then comes the inevitable question, “What was the motive for the attack?” Sometimes a general consensus is quickly reached. Few disagree, for instance, that Anders Breivik was […]

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Review

The Unwinding: Thirty Years of American Decline

It is in the nature of things that they should rise and fall. The tide that laps against the coasts of the United States, from sea to shining sea, rises, falls. And so it is with empires, nations, peoples. “Complain not when you are cast down upon the wheel of fortune, for soon enough you […]

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Culture | Media

Thoughts on a Friend’s Suicide

In the very last days of 2016, one of my favorite people in the world took his own life. It hit me very hard. Not only because of how I loved him and miss him, but because I failed to notice how unhappy he was. And because of the striking similarities between our life situations […]

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Culture | Media

In Defense of HBO’s Counterfactual ‘Confederate’

In late July, HBO announced its forthcoming alternate history series Confederate, a show that will take place in a world in which the South successfully seceded from the Union and the institution of slavery persisted. The backlash was immediate. Some decried it for being the brainchild of two white men, Game of Thrones creators David […]

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My Experience in a Postmodern PhD Program

About four years ago, I applied for a PhD program in a top university in a Brazilian city that will remain unnamed. Having spent all my life in the Brazilian educational system, I was very aware how prevalent the so called postmodernist writers were in my country’s colleges and universities. People like Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze and […]

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Science | Tech

Are Catastrophic Disasters Striking More Often?

No sooner had Hurricane Harvey’s record rains receded from Houston and neighboring cities than the residents of Florida began bracing for a wallop from an even more powerful storm. And hurricane season hasn’t even peaked yet. This begs the question: Is the number of major natural disasters striking the United States actually increasing, or does […]

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Features

Thomas Jefferson & His Enemies

“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”  — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Pierre De Nemours, April 24th, 1816 *** I am not an expert on human nature by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m willing to wager that in […]

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Religion | Politics

Glenn Greenwald Still Doesn’t Get Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo is at the center of controversy — again. The latest fracas swirls around the illustration which depicts flooding in Houston and comes with the caption: “God exists. He drowned all the Neo-Nazis of Texas.” To provide commentary on the matter, Glenn Greenwald, a consistent critic of the journal, recently released an article titled “Charlie Hebdo […]

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