The preservation of "fundamental rights" by a nation's judiciary is an old habit of tempering democracy with aristocracy, writes James Grant of the U of Cambridge.
Fred Donner, a historian at the U of Chicago, has published a history of Islam that demonstrates the faith's original openness to outside members.
While Europe is no longer the colonial power it once was, and though its politics are mired in seemingly small issues, its social values provide the continent its staying power.
If you live in a city, it's probably loud; the effects of noise pollution fall disproportionately on the poor and damage our psychology as well as our physiology.
Another lengthy analysis has been done on the over prescription of psychotropic drugs in America: is the tide turning against our favorite little pills?
As genetic research advances, the risk of attributing too many qualities, such as genius, to our genes dangerously downplays individual potential for achievement.
Richard Dawkins lets go some invective against Pope Benedict XVI when asked by the Washington Post if the pontiff should be held responsible for the Church's sex abuse scandals.
Gary Becker and Richard Posner of the University of Chicago discuss the merits of a Value Added Tax as a replacement for income tax and a solution to American budget deficits.
The Los Angeles Times argues that video game violence is protected by the 1st Amendment and that parents should act as regulators, not governmet.
When did Foucault and Derrida replace Trilling and Eliot? And why do literature students look to philosophers rather than literary critics in the first place?
Almost everyone cheers for the underdog, but why? Turns out it may be to maximize our pleasure and psychological gain when watching sports events.
Beyond novelty, which is extrinsically valuable, lasting love must find ways to enjoy routine activities, which are intrinsically valuable.
The eternal quest for self knowledge has entered the realm of cold data collection: statistics to make our personal lives more calculable and efficient.
The New Yorker looks at the history of The Boston Tea Party and how the event has been appropriated by people of different political leanings ever since.
Of all old media platforms, TV has been the best at adapting to the Internet and still enjoys popularity while the CD, the newspaper, and possibly the book, are in decline.