Jonah Goldberg’s defense of the legacy of the Enlightenment ends up being mostly a rehearsal of boilerplate 20th-century American conservatism.
Steven Pinker makes a good case that something has been going right in the modern world, but you’re on your own if you want to define exactly what that is.
Hatred is a persistent presence in the human heart, but the identity politics and intersectional ideology the Left espouses legitimizes and exacerbates hate.
Jamelle Bouie gives us a critique of the Enlightenment from the Left, and it’s exactly what you were expecting: another excuse to call everyone racist.
There is nothing new under the sun, just different justifications for similar ideas. The Enlightenment had their own for racism, just as all ages have.
For God, For Country, and For Main Street.
Conservatives (and libertarians) must confront the Enlightenment’s failures, and address the philosophical triumph of its critics.
Jonah Goldberg is certainly not naive about the role religion plays in the ‘miracle’ of western classical liberalism. ‘Suicide of the West’ is best understood as an apologetic to non-conservatives.
A New York Times Magazine hit piece says more about the mainstream media than it says about Jordan Peterson.
We can’t be content to view ‘Laurel Versus Yanny’ as a fun intellectual puzzle. No, somebody has to claim it proves everything is subjective.
Some conservatives are dismissing the eighteenth-century Enlightenment and trying to surrender its brilliant legacy to the enemies of Enlightenment on the Left.
The Scottish Enlightenment was an explosion of creative intellectual energy. It arrived just in time to have a decisive influence on the American Founders.
Why do intellectuals still cling to Marxism? The answer is that Communism is ‘idealist’ in the strict philosophical sense. And that’s not a good thing.
Words can now literally be defined with their antonym. We are a hair’s width and an ounce of stupidity away from ‘war is peace, freedom is slavery.’
There is no higher ethical standard in using violence than to subdue an enemy without killing him. This requires the highest competence.
Marco Rubio finally gets it right. We do need philosophers, and the past few years demonstrate just how badly we need them.
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