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Finding Liberty Between Vulnerability and Coercion

Finding Liberty Between Vulnerability and Coercion

Vulnerability is an inescapable facet of human social life, and coercion is a necessary part of any attempt to defend the vulnerable. But coercion always introduces new vulnerabilities. Liberals must…

Liberal Aspiration and Moral Accounting in Hamilton and Charlie Parker’s Yardbird

Liberal Aspiration and Moral Accounting in Hamilton and Charlie Parker’s Yardbird

Compares the blockbuster musical Hamilton’s liberal aspirations to the more honest moral accounting of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird…

Trump’s Jacksonianism and Its Needed Response

Trump’s Jacksonianism and Its Needed Response

What liberals can learn from the parallels between Trump and Old Hickory…

Atoms, But for Peace

Atoms, But for Peace

“It is a town like any other in America,” says the Rod Serling in my head, where I keep the worst Twilight Zone episode ever conceived…

The Anti-War History of Literature

The Anti-War History of Literature

In his 2010 acceptance lecture for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa praised the civilizing power…

Principles of Liberalism

Principles of Liberalism

It’s beginning to sound cliché to say liberalism is in crisis, but anti-liberal parties are on the rise across Europe, Brexit is generally understood to be a…

Toward a New Masculinity

Toward a New Masculinity

I sit down to write this essay having just finished washing the dishes from the breakfast I made for my boyfriend…

In Search of a Post-Godwin Politics

In Search of a Post-Godwin Politics

In my office there’s a framed poster of Godwin’s Law: as the length of a conversation increases, the probability of a Nazi reference rises to one. After that…

A Critical Defense of Commerce

A Critical Defense of Commerce

In the movie “Sabrina,” the character David Larrabee confronts his brother Linus about his obsession with running their family business…

Liberals and Nationalists: Compromise Without Reconciliation

Liberals and Nationalists: Compromise Without Reconciliation

If “populism” is the first word on everyone’s lips these days, “nationalism” isn’t far behind…