Picture this. Students in schools paid for with tax dollars are ordered to stand as a sign of respect for the federal government. If they sit or kneel, they face punishment. Sometimes, teachers res…
Areo"Government schools are forcing students to take part in a political ritual. Those who believe such policies are necessary to prevent students from being disruptive ought to ponder precisely how sitting or kneeling quietly is disruptive" - @MinorityOfOne75
Forty years ago, the iconic British comedy group Monty Python released their third feature film, Monty Python’s Life of Brian. The movie follows a young Jewish man who happens to be born on the sam…
Areo'Watching Life of Brian today, forty years after it was made, is still an eye-opening experience. Juxtaposing progressive pretension with Judeo-Christian dogma, the film brilliantly reveals the parallels between religious political orthodoxy" [email protected]_ambrosch
Irrational and mythological thinking have been gaining adherents recently. In his essay “Conservative Rationalism has Failed,” Yoram Hazony insists that an overemphasis on reason has corroded the m…
Areo"In postmodern culture, new reactionary mythologies have replaced their predecessors and enjoy substantial support among segments of society mired in anomie, especially those left behind by capitalist inequality and precarity" argues @MattPolProf
I met my husband the summer before our junior year in high school. He had already achieved the rank of Eagle in The Boy Scouts of America (BSA). In those salad days of young love, we spent much of …
Areo"Faking faith runs counter to the other eleven values of the Scout Law, each of which we embrace & want our boys to internalize. Foremost among those values is to be trustworthy: Tell the truth and keep promises" argues Lynette Craig (@Nothercupacafe)
John Anthony Glynn claimed to have a Ph.D. in psychology and professorships of psychology at several universities. He committed academic fraud by representing himself as a Ph.D. psychologist to several academic institutions and under those...
AreoOne of our former writers, "John A. Glynn", appears to have misrepresented his qualifications to various outlets. He did not tell us he had a PhD but did say he was a psychologist which might not be true.
The Rise of Post-Modern Conservatism: Neoliberalism, Post-Modern Culture, and Reactionary Politics (Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism) [Matthew McManus] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This book is designed as a timely...
AreoOur very own, (well, OK, rather promiscuous) @MattPolProf releases his book The Rise of Post-Modern Conservatism: Neoliberalism, Post-Modern Culture, and Reactionary Politics today! Those of you who have enjoyed his pieces for Areo will want this book.
Readers over the age of fifty probably remember the 1970s as a depressing decade of stagflation, an oil crisis—and disco music. They may recall Studio 54, a New York nightclub where celebrities and…
Areo"Whether they realize it or not, consumers base their decisions on who their fellow consumers will be." Carl Bankstone takes an in-depth look at how exclusivity works and does not work in education.
AreoHow can you get involved in the Impossible Conversations competition? Just by having one! You don't have to be an academic or a writer. Just be someone who is willing & able to have a difficult conversation & do it well on @LetterWiki
To quote someone a lot smarter than me, “I know that I know nothing.” This is the Socratic paradox which states that the only thing I’m certain of is my own uncertainty.
Areo"Usually, after some initial stumbles, my students are able to handle unpopular opinions by either recognizing their merits or deconstructing them based on available evidence" - Brad Perry (@michigansoul) on teaching uncertainty.
Karl Marx and Michel Foucault are two of the most cited critical theorists in the world today, simultaneously revered or reviled, depending on who you talk to. Their work has been subjected to coun…
Areo"The main difference lies in the theory of freedom underpinning Marx, which is largely absent from the French thinker’s work. As a result, Foucault’s work indirectly abets certain reactionary viewpoints, while Marx’s does not" [email protected]
The ways of the young are the ways of the future. That is why Roberto Fo, my thesis supervisor of last year, is worried about the prospects for liberal democracy. He and Yascha Mounk, author of The…
Areo" Relativists hold that their worldview is the most tolerant, the most untainted by prejudice. But this specific type of tolerance renders them powerless against the intolerant." Tony Deng deconstructs historicism!
The term misogyny comes from the Greek word μισογυνισμός that translates as hatred of women. Very few would deny that gendered stereotypes and prejudices exist in the western world, but are our soc…
Areo"Very few would deny that gendered stereotypes and prejudices exist in the western world, but are our societies characterized by hatred of women? ... A closer look at the data paints a more complicated picture" argues Maria Kouloglou (@MairGr)
Last month, I was called to jury duty. Here in the US, many people, instead of seeing jury service as a quintessential civic duty, regard the obligation with impatience, exasperation and contempt. …
Areo"Free people should recognize they have been blessed with a rare gift. Rights, like muscles, require regular exercise. They atrophy from neglect. Once freedom is lost, it is gone forever" argues Aaron Tao (@aarontao2)