philosophy

Should Philosophers Censor Kevin MacDonald?

Should Philosophers Censor Kevin MacDonald?

According to the mainstream narrative about race, “white supremacy” is an all-controlling social force responsible for bad outcomes such as racial disparities. According to an alternative narrative popular on the far-Right, Jewish influence is a similarly powerful force, which explains outcomes disliked by those on the Right, such as multiculturalism

Nathan Cofnas
Nathan Cofnas
6 min read
Politics
The Need for a Culture of Achievement

The Need for a Culture of Achievement

What does Ayn Rand have to offer to our era? The Russian-born American author rose to prominence as a novelist and philosopher in the middle of the 20th century, and attracted a large audience on the American Right with her sharp critique of communism. The comprehensive alternative she presented in

Robert Tracinski
Robert Tracinski
11 min read
Politics
The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

Ayn Rand was not conventionally beautiful, but her dark cinematic eyes held the young in her thrall throughout most of her impressively eventful life. The world will probably be seeing more of them in the coming months, as the 40th anniversary of the enigmatic novelist-philosopher’s death approaches. More than

David Cohen
David Cohen
9 min read
Politics
On Pleasurable Beliefs

On Pleasurable Beliefs

In November 2021, a few hundred people set up camp outside Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, where John F. Kennedy was assassinated 58 years earlier. The people gathered there believed that the slain president’s son, John F. Kennedy Jr., who died in a plane crash in 1999, was about

Thomas Harper
Thomas Harper
11 min read
Politics
What Is Diversity? And Why Is It Valuable?

What Is Diversity? And Why Is It Valuable?

Suppose I just get back from vacation, and you ask me how it went. “Oh, it was wonderful,” I say, “There was such diversity.” That wouldn’t answer your question at all. Instead, you’d want to know two things: Diversity of what? And why would that sort of diversity

Justin P. McBrayer
Justin P. McBrayer
10 min read
Education
In Defense of Good Power

In Defense of Good Power

Fellowship, community, shared patriotism—these essential values of our civilization do not come from just buying and consuming goods together. They come from a shared sense of individual independence and personal effort. They come from working together to build a country—that is the answer to the welfare crisis. ~Robert

Magnus Henrekson
Magnus Henrekson
14 min read
Politics
Be Rational

Be Rational

Rationality is uncool. To describe someone with a slang word for the cerebral, like nerd, wonk, geek, or brainiac, is to imply they are terminally challenged in hipness. For decades, Hollywood screenplays and rock-song lyrics have equated joy and freedom with an escape from reason. “A man needs a little

Steven Pinker
Steven Pinker
11 min read
enlightenment
Is Liberal Immigration Anti-Democratic?—A Reply to Gadi Taub

Is Liberal Immigration Anti-Democratic?—A Reply to Gadi Taub

In a recent Quillette essay, Gadi Taub argues that restricting voters’ power undermines the “ability of citizens to protect their hard-earned liberal rights.” He also says this is “bound to hurt these very rights, since their only real guarantee is the fact that we can dismiss our governments and appoint

Sam Kiss
Sam Kiss
11 min read
Human Rights