Rachel Lu
Rachel Lu
Rachel Lu is a senior contributor at The Federalist. She has a PhD in philosophy from Cornell University and teaches at the University of St Thomas. As a Robert Novak Fellow, she is currently researching criminal justice reform. Her non-academic work can be found in Touchstone Magazine, the Public Discourse and Crisis Magazine. She is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer. Follow her on Twitter.
How Expecting Police To Be All Things To All People Can Fuel Violence

We need police to be skilled, involved in their communities, and ‘smart on crime.’ But we especially need them to know when to be one and not the other.

There’s Nothing Wrong With A Few Butt-Kicking Heroines

When toddler girls are forced to watch ‘Braveheart’ until they join the guttural yells, I’ll gladly sound the alarm. Here, though, we’re talking about a statue and some fiction.

If Cornel West And Ross Douthat Can Discuss Their Differences Amiably, So Can You

Ross Douthat and Cornel West, despite their differences, shared a thoughtful conversation on politics and culture. Is this something others can replicate?

Fishtown Will Never Become Great Again If It Keeps Blaming Elites For Its Failures

Charles Murray’s ‘Fishtown’ has some real grievances. It also has some real social problems. Populists don’t love talking about those, unless to blame elites.

5 Reasons Millennials Should Never Go To Church

Millennials are dissatisfied with church because they’re going for all the wrong reasons, and none of the right ones.

How Anxiety Makes Americans Susceptible To Propaganda

Fear weakens society’s ‘immune system,’ undercutting the mechanisms by which it resists internal threats to order.

Why Outsourcing Jobs Is Not Immoral

The more we twist the system to make workers feel useful, the less useful they’ll actually be. At some point we must allow people the dignity of making a bona fide contribution.

How We Are All Responsible For BuzzFeed’s Fake News

Supposing the controversial dossier turns out to be just a tapestry of fabrication, who should be held responsible for keeping it alive? All of us.

Donald Trump Won’t Unite Us, And That’s Great News

Donald Trump has shown precious little interest in uniting us. But even if he wanted to, it would be a completely unrealistic goal.

Hitting The Brakes On Thomas Friedman’s ‘Age Of Accelerations’

Thomas Friedman’s latest book, ‘Thank You For Being late,’ spouts platitudes that supposedly explain the future. Is there a way to reconcile his overly optimistic vision with a more realistic view of history and tradition?

Black Santa Has A Message For Every American About Racial Prejudices

It’s tough to get a grip on the real issues when we’re pouring our energy into arguing about fake ones, like the bogus ‘black Santa’ controversy.

Let’s Talk About Fascism Before It Becomes The Word Of The Year

I for one am ready to celebrate the Year of Fascism. It’s heartening that Americans are trying to improve their understanding of what fascism really is.

If Providence College Values Diversity, It Won’t Flog Professor Anthony Esolen

No matter what the mealy mouthed institutional apologists might say, Providence College has clearly turned into a hostile environment for Anthony Esolen and his friends.

Can Nationalism Create A New Fusionism On The Right?

In the aftermath of Trump’s victory, the Republican Party is at a crossroads. Will they embrace identity politics, like progressives before them?

Stop Siccing The Police On Me If My Kids Don’t Wear Coats For 20 Seconds

Obviously, it’s my parental duty to keep my kids from freezing to death. I’m willing to do that. I could manage better without all the public judgment, though.

You Can Make Your Protest Vote Count. Here’s How

Voting third-party does not translate into voicelessness—not this year. Here’s how to make sure your vote has an impact beyond 2016.

Yes, Everyone Is Deplorable. Let’s Move On Already

Deplorable people are everywhere, but virtue can also be found in surprising places. We shouldn’t give up on humanity yet.

4 Reasons Globalism Won’t Retreat Anytime Soon

Peering through the murk, what we see in our current political memes about globalism is a noisy celebration of half-truths and half-baked ideas.

How To Solve 2016: Make Donald Trump King For A Day

The vice-presidential debate made clear that there is a way for both the Republican Party and America to survive this miserable election.

How Black Lives Matter-Style Activism Is Ruining America

High-minded but ineffective solutions can often be worse than useless insofar as they deter people from focusing on what really needs to be done.