The Surprising Lesson About American History Hidden in Emily Post's Classic Etiquette

The Surprising Lesson About American History Hidden in Emily Post’s Classic Etiquette

As members of a “society of equals”—and without a God-ordained order of birth and rank—Americans have always suffered from a collective case of status anxiety. For this reason, they have ...
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Bring Back Patriotic Art

Bring Back Patriotic Art

Alexandra Hudson is a former civil servant and a research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. She is working on her first book, about American civic renewal. “Patriotism ...
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Maners Maketh Man: How Conduct Formed Washington’s Character

Maners Maketh Man: How Conduct Formed Washington’s Character

When our first president was sixteen, he hand-copied 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation, a book of etiquette originally compiled by a group of French ...
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George Washington’s Commitment to Human Dignity

George Washington’s Commitment to Human Dignity

The drive for recognition is among the most basic and universal of human motivations. It is the mainspring of human action, having motivated the Alexanders, Caesars, and Napoleons of the ...
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The Curious Reemergence of Little Platoons

The Curious Reemergence of Little Platoons

“What does your part of the country think about what’s happening in Washington, D.C. right now?” a man in his mid sixties read aloud from a sheet of paper to ...
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The Value of Exercising Civility—in Both Oikos and Polis

The Value of Exercising Civility—in Both Oikos and Polis

“I’m done with my grandfather,” a friend confided in me after a recent family gathering. “He compulsively talks about how George Soros is to blame for everything—and then refuses to ...
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What Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Mean Today?

What Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Mean Today?

“What is man, that you are mindful of him, human beings that you should care for them?” The question the Psalmist asks God is the same question philosophers have been ...
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Better Angels Debates

Better Angels Debates

“Truth springs from argument amongst friends.” —David Hume, 18th C. Scottish empiricist and philosopher We live in a deeply divided moment where people disagree on very important topics. We also ...
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Treat Others the Way Chick-fil-A Treats You

Treat Others the Way Chick-fil-A Treats You

I sit down on a plush, blue-grey booth seat and admire the freshly cut daisies on the table in front of me. It’s a rainy day in Fort Wayne, Indiana, ...
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What the Game of Thrones Finale Can Teach Us About Politics Today

What the Game of Thrones Finale Can Teach Us About Politics Today

One cannot write about this show with any insight without also, however inadvertently, giving away some plot twists, which is to say: what you will read contains spoilers. So if ...
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The Secret Behind the Success of Avengers Endgame

The Secret Behind the Success of Avengers Endgame

Avenger’s Endgame became the highest grossing opening weekend in film history. Its opening weekend shattered expectations by grossing an estimated $350 million in the US alone, and over $1 billion ...
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Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse Initiative

Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse Initiative

“Intelligent discussion is the life of democracy,” said W. Norwood Brigance, a professor of legend in the Department of Speech at Wabash College, an all male liberal arts college in ...
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Zuckerberg, The Digital Gutenberg

Zuckerberg, The Digital Gutenberg

On Thursday the second of May Facebook drew a line in the sand, banning from their platforms people who purvey ideas they deem dangerous. Being purged from Facebook and Instagram ...
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Louis XIV Invented the Faux Etiquette of Political Correctness

Louis XIV Invented the Faux Etiquette of Political Correctness

Ball State University’s Bias Response Team (BRT) is one of many proliferating on college campuses across the country. Unlike some other BRTs, this office has no disciplinary authority. But such ...
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Remember the Good that Social Media has Achieved

Remember the Good that Social Media has Achieved

It’s the popular and fashionable thing to do these days — on both the political Left and Right — to name, shame, and blame the social media giants for the ...
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The Answer to the Social Media Conundrum Will Not Come From Government

The Answer to the Social Media Conundrum Will Not Come From Government

This week, YouTube chose to ban the channel of right-of-center comedian Steven Crowder. This situation is the same as when Twitter banned Milo Yiannopoulos or Facebook banned Louis Farrakhan. In ...
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the Sisyphean Pursuit of Happiness

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the Sisyphean Pursuit of Happiness

Rebecca Bunch, the protagonist of The CW’s musical romantic comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, shows how pursuing happiness alone is as vain as grasping for vapor in the wind. As the award-winning ...
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A Case for Civility in Public Debate

A Case for Civility in Public Debate

I am loath even to write about this topic so as not to give it more attention than it deserves, thereby perpetuating the incentives around polemical behavior (in the time ...
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Modern Technology and the Return of Civility

Modern Technology and the Return of Civility

Technology is often condemned as a pox on American public discourse. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as other social media technologies, are criticized for promoting division and creating echo ...
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The Beauty of Front Porch Citizenry

The Beauty of Front Porch Citizenry

What does it mean to be American? Please join us for a panel discussion on the nature of American citizenship with Congressman Lee Hamilton, former Chief Justice of the Indiana ...
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A Journey to the Center of the Intellectual Dark Web

A Journey to the Center of the Intellectual Dark Web

I approach Berkeley Church, a beautiful gothic revival church-turned-event-space in downtown Toronto, on a Sunday evening that is unusually frigid—even for the Great White North. I am here for “Q ...
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Won’t You Be My Neighbour? Review of 'Alienated America' By Timothy P. Carney - Commentary Magazine

Won’t You Be My Neighbour? Review of ‘Alienated America’ By Timothy P. Carney – Commentary Magazine

In recent years, publishers have produced a veritable library of books, many of them bestsellers, purporting to describe America’s white working class. Among these works, two questions consistently rise to ...
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I’m Taking the Surly Train - Wall Street Journal

I’m Taking the Surly Train – Wall Street Journal

Commuters ride the subway in New York City, Nov. 15. PHOTO: WONG MAYE-E/ASSOCIATED PRESS New York As a young man sprints across a subway car to grab a seat before ...
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What Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Mean Today? - Quillette

What Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Mean Today? – Quillette

“What is man, that you are mindful of him, human beings that you should care for them?” The question the Psalmist asks God is the same question philosophers have been ...
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Civility and the Challenge of Ordered Liberty - Law & Liberty Blog

Civility and the Challenge of Ordered Liberty – Law & Liberty Blog

Image: g-stockstudio/shutterstock.com Stephen Carter’s Civility is a sophisticated case for renewal of this virtue in American life. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale Law School, ...
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"Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis" by J.D. Vance - The Federalist Society

“Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance – The Federalist Society

Sponsors: International & National Security Law Practice Group J.D. Vance’s book, Hillbilly Elegy:  A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, is a worthwhile read for numerous reasons. It offers its ...
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Living life forward in Rotary

Living life forward in Rotary

By Alexandra Hudson, former Rotary Global Grant Scholar Alexandra Hudson and her husband at her graduation from London School of Economics. Looking back on my year in London as a ...
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The Curious Reemergence of Little Platoons - Quillette

The Curious Reemergence of Little Platoons – Quillette

“What does your part of the country think about what’s happening in Washington, D.C. right now?” a man in his mid sixties read aloud from a sheet of paper to ...
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The Gold Standard and Civil Society

The Gold Standard and Civil Society

Image: Corlaffra/Shutterstock.com “You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns; you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.” William Jennings Bryan’s famous ...
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Alexa, teach my child to be polite, please - The Washington Examiner

Alexa, teach my child to be polite, please – The Washington Examiner

Though people and machines are different, acts of civility are driven by habits. Being impolite to Alexa can cause bad habits, especially in children, that may lead to incivility between ...
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Free Markets and Existentialism: A Curious Coterie - Law & Liberty Blog

Free Markets and Existentialism: A Curious Coterie – Law & Liberty Blog

View of Les Deux Magots cafe in the 6th arrondissement in the Saint-Germain des Pres area of Paris, a favorite spot of Sartre and de Beauvoir. (E.Q. Roy / Shutterstock.com) ...
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How To Promote Harmony Around Your Easter Dinner Table

How To Promote Harmony Around Your Easter Dinner Table

We’re all familiar with the scene. It’s Easter dinner. Endless foodstuffs. Flowing wine. Echoing laughter. And then, “Did you hear about Glenn Beck’s new book about the latest United Nations ...
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Why Jordan Peterson Is the Last Gentleman

Why Jordan Peterson Is the Last Gentleman

Jordan Peterson (Youtube) Dr. Jordan Peterson, a Canadian professor of clinical psychology at the University of Toronto and Great Books autodidact, has captured public imagination and outrage in equal measure ...
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The Trump Administration’s Accomplishments—in Spite of the Deep State

The Trump Administration’s Accomplishments—in Spite of the Deep State

March 17, 2017: US President Donald Trump hold a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House. Nicole S. Glass/Shutterstock.com “Hell hath no fury like a ...
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Socialist Venezuela Steals Toys To Impose Its Version Of Christmas

Socialist Venezuela Steals Toys To Impose Its Version Of Christmas

You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, let us tell you why: Santa Claus is coming to Caracas, and this year he’ll be bringing toys to ...
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Why the Section 8 Solution Won’t Cut It

Why the Section 8 Solution Won’t Cut It

Donald Trump’s appointment of Ben Carson to be the next Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development puts Dr. Carson in charge of a $45 billion budget that ...
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The Betsy DeVos Nomination Bodes Well For Parents’ Involvement In Education

The Betsy DeVos Nomination Bodes Well For Parents’ Involvement In Education

School choice increases parental involvement and student achievement. Betsy DeVos could use her bully pulpit as education secretary to drastically deregulate federal education policies. Jeff Brown, a 23-year-old African-American, lives ...
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Trump's Administration Can Dramatically Improve American Education

Trump’s Administration Can Dramatically Improve American Education

President-elect Donald Trump with Betsy DeVos, whom Trump has chosen as his secretary of education, on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 in Bedminster, N.J. Andy Katz/Pacific Press The day following his ...
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Opportunity knocks

Opportunity knocks

"I seen my opportunities and I took ‘em." So said turn-of-the-century Tammany Hall boss George Washington Plunkitt, summarizing how he made himself rich in politics. Plunkitt would buy land on ...
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Assyrian Christians Live In War-Torn Limbo, Praying Against Genocide

Assyrian Christians Live In War-Torn Limbo, Praying Against Genocide

Shutterstock ‘We are not safe in Iraq while Daesh (ISIS) is in control. We have no future, no work, no belongings,’ says an Iraqi genocide survivor. Amman, Jordan — On ...
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Autism and Educational Choice: The Tragedy of America's Beautiful Minds

Autism and Educational Choice: The Tragedy of America’s Beautiful Minds

Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Heather Brolly works with Andrew Phillips, 4, during a primary color learning exercise at the First Start pre-school program for children with autism on April 7, ...
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School Voucher Systems Across the Globe Make the Case for School Choice in the U.S.

School Voucher Systems Across the Globe Make the Case for School Choice in the U.S.

The debate about school choice is often animated in the United States, but critics of the idea may be surprised to learn that school voucher programs are quite common in ...
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Why Manners Matter: The case for modern finishing schools

Why Manners Matter: The case for modern finishing schools

(Dreamphoto/Dreamstime) The dynamism and opportunities on offer in America’s economy are shadowed, unfortunately, by a surprising lack of social mobility at the lower rungs of the income ladder. Because of ...
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Where Bernie Sanders is right about Scandinavia

Where Bernie Sanders is right about Scandinavia

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has pointed to Scandinavian countries as an example of how social services can work. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) Charlie Neibergall " We should look to ...
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