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A Journey to the Center of the Intellectual Dark Web

A Journey to the Center of the Intellectual Dark Web

I approach Berkeley Church, a beautiful gothic revival church-turned-event-space in downtown Toronto, on a Sunday evening that is unusually frigid—even for the Great White North. I am here for ...
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Won’t You Be My Neighbour? Review of 'Alienated America' By Timothy P. Carney - Commentary Magazine

Won’t You Be My Neighbour? Review of ‘Alienated America’ By Timothy P. Carney – Commentary Magazine

In recent years, publishers have produced a veritable library of books, many of them bestsellers, purporting to describe America’s white working class. Among these works, two questions consistently rise ...
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I’m Taking the Surly Train - Wall Street Journal

I’m Taking the Surly Train – Wall Street Journal

Commuters ride the subway in New York City, Nov. 15. PHOTO: WONG MAYE-E/ASSOCIATED PRESS New York
As a young man sprints across a subway car to grab a seat ...
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What Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Mean Today? - Quillette

What Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Mean Today? – Quillette

“What is man, that you are mindful of him, human beings that you should care for them?” The question the Psalmist asks God is the same question philosophers have been ...
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Civility and the Challenge of Ordered Liberty - Law & Liberty Blog

Civility and the Challenge of Ordered Liberty – Law & Liberty Blog


Image: g-stockstudio/shutterstock.com Stephen Carter’s Civility is a sophisticated case for renewal of this virtue in American life. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale Law School, ...
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"Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis" by J.D. Vance - The Federalist Society

“Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance – The Federalist Society

Sponsors: International & National Security Law Practice Group J.D. Vance’s book, Hillbilly Elegy:  A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisisis a worthwhile read for numerous reasons. It offers its ...
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Living life forward in Rotary

Living life forward in Rotary

By Alexandra Hudson, former Rotary Global Grant Scholar Alexandra Hudson and her husband at her graduation from London School of Economics. Looking back on my year in London as a ...
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The Curious Reemergence of Little Platoons - Quillette

The Curious Reemergence of Little Platoons – Quillette

“What does your part of the country think about what’s happening in Washington, D.C. right now?” a man in his mid sixties read aloud from a sheet of paper to ...
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The Gold Standard and Civil Society

The Gold Standard and Civil Society

Image: Corlaffra/Shutterstock.com “You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns; you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.” William Jennings Bryan’s famous ...
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Alexa, teach my child to be polite, please - The Washington Examiner

Alexa, teach my child to be polite, please – The Washington Examiner

Though people and machines are different, acts of civility are driven by habits. Being impolite to Alexa can cause bad habits, especially in children, that may lead to incivility between ...
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Free Markets and Existentialism: A Curious Coterie - Law & Liberty Blog

Free Markets and Existentialism: A Curious Coterie – Law & Liberty Blog

View of Les Deux Magots cafe in the 6th arrondissement in the Saint-Germain des Pres area of Paris, a favorite spot of Sartre and de Beauvoir. (E.Q. Roy / Shutterstock.com) ...
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How To Promote Harmony Around Your Easter Dinner Table

How To Promote Harmony Around Your Easter Dinner Table

We’re all familiar with the scene. It’s Easter dinner. Endless foodstuffs. Flowing wine. Echoing laughter. And then, “Did you hear about Glenn Beck’s new book about the latest United Nations ...
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Why Jordan Peterson Is the Last Gentleman

Why Jordan Peterson Is the Last Gentleman

Jordan Peterson (Youtube) Dr. Jordan Peterson, a Canadian professor of clinical psychology at the University of Toronto and Great Books autodidact, has captured public imagination and outrage in equal measure ...
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The Trump Administration’s Accomplishments—in Spite of the Deep State

The Trump Administration’s Accomplishments—in Spite of the Deep State

March 17, 2017: US President Donald Trump hold a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House. Nicole S. Glass/Shutterstock.com “Hell hath no fury like a ...
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Socialist Venezuela Steals Toys To Impose Its Version Of Christmas

Socialist Venezuela Steals Toys To Impose Its Version Of Christmas

You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, let us tell you why: Santa Claus is coming to Caracas, and this year he’ll be bringing toys to ...
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Why the Section 8 Solution Won’t Cut It

Why the Section 8 Solution Won’t Cut It

Donald Trump’s appointment of Ben Carson to be the next Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development puts Dr. Carson in charge of a $45 billion budget that ...
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The Betsy DeVos Nomination Bodes Well For Parents’ Involvement In Education

The Betsy DeVos Nomination Bodes Well For Parents’ Involvement In Education

School choice increases parental involvement and student achievement. Betsy DeVos could use her bully pulpit as education secretary to drastically deregulate federal education policies. Jeff Brown, a 23-year-old African-American, lives ...
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Trump's Administration Can Dramatically Improve American Education

Trump’s Administration Can Dramatically Improve American Education

President-elect Donald Trump with Betsy DeVos, whom Trump has chosen as his secretary of education, on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 in Bedminster, N.J. Andy Katz/Pacific Press The day following his ...
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Opportunity knocks

Opportunity knocks

"I seen my opportunities and I took ‘em." So said turn-of-the-century Tammany Hall boss George Washington Plunkitt, summarizing how he made himself rich in politics. Plunkitt would buy land on ...
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Assyrian Christians Live In War-Torn Limbo, Praying Against Genocide

Assyrian Christians Live In War-Torn Limbo, Praying Against Genocide

Shutterstock ‘We are not safe in Iraq while Daesh (ISIS) is in control. We have no future, no work, no belongings,’ says an Iraqi genocide survivor. Amman, Jordan — On ...
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Autism and Educational Choice: The Tragedy of America's Beautiful Minds

Autism and Educational Choice: The Tragedy of America’s Beautiful Minds

Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Heather Brolly works with Andrew Phillips, 4, during a primary color learning exercise at the First Start pre-school program for children with autism on April 7, ...
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School Voucher Systems Across the Globe Make the Case for School Choice in the U.S.

School Voucher Systems Across the Globe Make the Case for School Choice in the U.S.

The debate about school choice is often animated in the United States, but critics of the idea may be surprised to learn that school voucher programs are quite common in ...
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Why Manners Matter: The case for modern finishing schools

Why Manners Matter: The case for modern finishing schools

(Dreamphoto/Dreamstime) The dynamism and opportunities on offer in America’s economy are shadowed, unfortunately, by a surprising lack of social mobility at the lower rungs of the income ladder. Because of ...
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Where Bernie Sanders is right about Scandinavia

Where Bernie Sanders is right about Scandinavia

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has pointed to Scandinavian countries as an example of how social services can work. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) Charlie Neibergall " We should look to ...
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