John R. Wood, Jr.

John R. Wood, Jr.

John R. Wood, Jr. is a former nominee for Congress. He is Director of Public Outreach at Better Angels and co-hosts the Better Angels Podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnRWoodJr

Mark Zuckerberg and the Changing Civil Rights Movement

Mark Zuckerberg and the Changing Civil Rights Movement

On October 17, 2019, defending Facebook’s generally hands-off policy with respect to regulating the content of political advertisements, CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the podium at Georgetown University and delivered an eloquent defense of free expression. In his address, he linked speech to the historic pursuit of justice for

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John R. Wood, Jr.
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The Communitarian Revival

The Communitarian Revival

“Man,” wrote Aristotle more than 2,300 years ago, “is a political animal.” Today, that seems particularly evident. The proliferation of mass social movements, the ever-present yet democratized nature of contemporary political commentary on social media, the 24 hour news cycle, and our penchant for politicizing everything all lend prima

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John R. Wood, Jr.
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The Spectrum of Black Contrarianism

The Spectrum of Black Contrarianism

African-American politics are, it is often supposed, monolithic. Since the late 1960s, following the signing of landmark civil rights legislation by a Democratic president, the Democrats support of The Great Society, the anti-Civil Rights Act campaign of a Republican presidential nominee in 1964, the adoption of the “Southern Strategy” by

John R. Wood, Jr.
John R. Wood, Jr.
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The Problem with 'Facts Not Feelings'

The Problem with 'Facts Not Feelings'

In the midst of our turbulent political and cultural moment there endures an intellectual sub-culture that refuses to be dislodged by the relativism prevalent on the Left and the Right. In the crosshairs of postmodernist excess and ‘alternative facts,’ a number intellectuals and institutions are prioritizing moral and empirical truth

John R. Wood, Jr.
John R. Wood, Jr.
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Harris, Lilla, and the Politics of Identity

Harris, Lilla, and the Politics of Identity

What exactly is the problem with identity politics? Is it an unequivocal negative in our political and intellectual discourse? Or is it a mode of engagement that serves a positive purpose when kept within its proper bounds? These questions cropped up during a podcast exchange last September between neuroscientist Sam

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John R. Wood, Jr.
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