Per Rod Dreher, a professor at a Catholic college taught a seminar in which the students compared the autobiographies of Augustine and Rousseau. You won’t believe what happens next! Over the course of the semester, as Saint Augustine in his book is healed — made more integrated and whole — and Rousseau in his book […]

Mary Eberstat has in interesting take on the rise of identity politics on both the right and the left: In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of how democratic governance shapes familial relations, rendering fathers and sons more equal and closer and less hierarchical than they are in its aristocratic counterparts. If it’s obvious that […]

Anyone who peruses the manosphere is familiar with the notion of the “alpha male” who is defined as the man who has sex with the most women. There may be something to it: some guys, being good looking and smooth talkers, are good at picking up random women while other guys are good at masturbating […]

Ross Douthat on the phenomena of anti-Trump Republicans retiring or declining to run for public office: The president’s G.O.P. critics should engage in electoral battle because the act of campaigning, the work of actually trying to persuade voters, is the only way anti-Trump Republicans will come to grips with the legitimate reasons that their ideas […]

The Harvey Weinstein story is now taking on international proportions as EU MPs and NGO executives are being accused of the same sort of bizarre and boorish sexual predation: Allegations made to Playbook include EU work contracts offered in exchange for sex, young women being sent to bars and dinners to trade sexual favors for […]

The NYT makes an interesting observation: People who do not frequently attend church are twice as likely to believe in ghosts as those who are regular churchgoers. The less religious people are, the more likely they are to endorse empirically unsupported ideas about U.F.O.s, intelligent aliens monitoring the lives of humans and related conspiracies about […]

A hypothesis: since humans always know things in a human way, and humans are by nature social animals, then humans always know things in a social way. That is, our knowledge has a communal element: we think in words, which are a community-building tool. We hand on our wisdom to the next generation, who in […]