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Either Meritocracy or the Common Good, Not Both: A Review of Michael Sandel’s The Tyranny of Merit
Either Meritocracy or the Common Good, Not Both: A Review of Michael Sandel’s The Tyranny of Merit

In The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? Michael Sandel eloquently argues a sobering idea: America can pursue meritocracy or the common good, but not both.

Critical Race Theory and Institutional Gratitude: A Response to Chairman Milley
Critical Race Theory and Institutional Gratitude: A Response to Chairman Milley

Chairman Mark Milley’s comments embracing the taxonomy of critical race theory as explanatory categories are dangerous because he is powerful.

Court-Packing Hurts Independent Judges and Citizens
Court-Packing Hurts Independent Judges and Citizens

The fact that many in Congress, as well as large segments of the American electorate and commentariat, consider court-packing a morally legitimate political tactic reveals serious deficits in our society’s understanding of and respect for the rule of law, America’s founding principles, and justice itself. What is more, it shows disrespect for the very idea of truth.

Donald Rumsfeld
Donald Rumsfeld: R.I.P.

The late Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld spent his life in service to America, her people, and her friends. Two stories prove the man.

Foreign Policy ProvCast, Ep. 64 | America After Nationalism (Samuel Goldman)
Ep. 64 | America “After Nationalism”

Even though some on the right have argued that the United States needs to return to a strong common national identity to survive, Goldman argues in “After Nationalism” that America has normally not had this type of cohesion for most of its history.

How One Man Reduced Global Suffering: A Review of Robert D. Kaplan’s The Good American: The Epic Life of Bob Gersony, the U.S. Government's Greatest Humanitarian
How One Man Reduced Global Suffering: A Review of Robert D. Kaplan’s The Good American

“The Good American” is the story of how Robert Gersony, a high school dropout, affected governmental actions to reduce human misery and advance human rights. Because of his success in promoting humanitarian values, Kaplan calls him the US government’s “greatest humanitarian.”

Islamist Group Slams Presidential Appointment of First Muslim Judge to Federal Court
Islamist Group Slams Presidential Appointment of First Muslim Judge to Federal Court

Judge Zahid Quraishi is the first Muslim federal judge in American history, but even though his nomination received bipartisan support, an unlikely source sharply criticized his appointment: the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Is Antiracism the Nation’s Newest Religion? - John McWhorter
Is Antiracism the Nation’s Newest Religion?

John McWhorter’s new serially published book on antiracism is a self-described extended editorial in which the avowed atheist seeks to make sense of a political ideology by characterizing it as a religion that is bad for the world in the exact manner in which he understands all religions to be bad.

A Problem of Evangelical Christianity: What Reinhold Niebuhr Wrote
A Problem of Evangelical Christianity: What Reinhold Niebuhr Said

In 1946, Reinhold Niebuhr visited an evangelical church for an Easter worship service in a movie theater. He did not entirely enjoy the experience. Here are his reflections.