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The Post-Protestant Ethic and Spirit of America Joseph Bottum 02/22/2014
The new elite class of America is the old one: America’s mainline Protestant Christians in both the glory and the annoyingness of their moral confidence and spiritual certainty. They just stripped out the Christianity along the way.
The Playing Fields of Suburbia Joseph Epstein 02/12/2014
Adult involvement may be a chief cause of children’s declining participation in sports.
Books vs. Literature Robert McHenry 01/21/2014
Publishers and postmodernism are contributing to the death of the humanities.
The First Presidential Election and Other Firsts John Steele Gordon 01/07/2014
The first presidential election was 225 years ago today. Although it was not democratic, it was a first in human history.
‘Because’ Is the New ‘Whatever’ Robert McHenry 12/10/2013
The emergence of a new grammatical entity signifies an elision not of words but of the orderly thought that is the precondition of orderly expression. We see a lapse into vagueness, a failure or refusal to construct any sort of argument.
An American Thanksgiving Ralph Kinney Bennett 11/26/2013
We are a grateful nation. And because we are a grateful nation, we are a generous nation. Our founders were steeped in this idea, and it is still strong among us.
America's Enduring Conspiracy Theories Andrew Rugg 11/21/2013
Fifty years later, a majority of Americans still believe that more than one man was involved in the JFK assassination. What explains the tenacious nature of this belief?
The Conservative Case for Civilian Review Kim Hendrickson 10/15/2013
Promoting civilian review of police departments is in keeping with conservative values.
Top 10 Takeaways: Public Opinion on the Affordable Care Act Karlyn Bowman and Andrew Rugg 10/01/2013
With the ACA's exchanges going live today, let's take a look at public opinion on the law.
Bernie Madoff, Steve Jobs, and Wall Street Greed Don Watkins 09/26/2013
Genuinely successful people in business have nothing in common with the likes of Bernie Madoff. Why do so many see them all as greedy and selfish?