What Trump Could Learn about Flattery from Reading Plutarch

Nero may have fiddled while Rome burned, but it was the flattery of his courtiers that convinced the emperor he could get away with it. In his essay, “How to Tell a Flatterer from a Friend,” the late Roman historian Plutarch gestures at Nero, speculating that if the emperor had known to silence his flatterers, … Continued


Why Andrew Wyeth’s Art – Once Derided – Has Outlived His Critics

When the Museum of Modern Art purchased Andrew Wyeth’s painting, “Christina’s World” in 1948, art critics were furious. The painting—which features a woman crippled by polio crawling up a hill toward an old farmhouse—was a crowd pleaser, hyper-realistic, and contrary to the current abstract trends. Wyeth quickly became (and has remained) one of the most … Continued


Thirty Years Later, the Bork Nomination Remains an Important Cautionary Tale

Before those doggo memes took over the Internet, the term “Bork” referred to President Ronald Reagan’s 1987 U.S. Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, whose strict constitutionalist views roused vicious partisan attacks on his character. The broadside was so sweeping that his name became a by-word for any public official obstructed from office by systematic vilification. … Continued


What Deep Throat Could Teach Us About Fake News

Since the election, the reading public has been tortured with the cries from both right and the left about “fake news.” And even though Google just updated its fact-checking tools, the problem doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. But let’s face it. We could have prevented this. If reporters and readers alike stopped … Continued


Race-Envy and Identity Politics in ‘Get Out’

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, a horror-comedy take on the way black people are treated in modern America, succeeds as a hilarious thrill ride. But as a piece of social commentary, it falls short. Critics love it because of the subtle jabs at white liberal America’s hypocrisy about race. Moviegoers like it because Peele—half … Continued

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What Fake Hate Crimes Reveal About the Left’s Bubble

After fumbling around in court for nearly three months, Michigan resident Halley Bass admitted recently to faking a hate crime against herself in November, following Donald Trump’s surprise presidential victory. Bass claimed that a middle-aged white man had attacked her with a safety pin in an alleyway near a downtown Ann Arbor movie theater. Since … Continued


The Alt-Right’s Implacable Ego

When alt-right leader Richard Spencer was thrown out of the Conservative Political Action Convention last Thursday, I tracked him down on his favorite place, the internet, to get his reaction. I was attracted to Spencer not because of the media storm over the alt-right’s blatant racism or their affinity to identity politics, which propose that … Continued


In Defense of Black Friday

Growing up, my family did not go Christmas shopping on Black Friday—the practice commercialized a holiday reserved for family and Christ, my mom said. As an adult who now goes Christmas shopping on Black Friday, I can see her point. The way retail stores herd flocks of shoppers around with advertisements for deals on phones, … Continued