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The Aristotelian insights of . . . Pink Floyd?

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Rejecting the Culture of Authenticity

You probably saw that Bill and Melinda Gates are getting a divorce.

They have been married for twenty-seven years, have three children, and have built a huge philanthropic foundation together.

So why are they giving it up?

Because they “no longer believe that [they] can grow together as a couple in this next phase of life.”

Welcome to Our Culture of “Authenticity”

You hear it everywhere: the key to being happy and fulfilled is to become your most authentic self.

But this culture of authenticity has made us lonelier than ever, as Professor David C. Burris explains in Public Discourse.

Read his article to find out why . . . 

. . . and also how to avoid getting sucked into this mindset.



How Pink Floyd Predicted Our World Today

“Hello? (Hello? Hello? Hello?) Is there anybody in there?”

If you’re at all familiar with Pink Floyd, then we’re sure you’ll have this song stuck in your head the rest of the day.

But did you realize “Comfortably Numb” is a prophetic diagnosis of our time?

Writing for Law & Liberty, Henry T. Edmondson III argues that Pink Floyd recognized a crisis that Aristotle might have seen coming.

You might not think a classic rock band has a lot to teach you about vice. But you’ll think again when you read Edmondson’s breakdown.


Because our student editors and writers are bravely bringing conservative ideas to their campuses, we’re highlighting their efforts here.

An Unconstitutional COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement? via the Freedom Feather

What Frederick Douglass Can Teach You About the Fourth of July via the Emory Whig



Breaking news: Twitter is increasingly intolerant of anyone who isn’t a lefty.

Shocking, we know.

But Twitter is still one of the largest public forums and a powerful way to engage with people.

So how can you tweet well?

Here are 7 tips from an unlikely source . . . 

. . . the political philosopher Leo Strauss.


The Future of American Political Economy Conference, July 23–24

Have you signed up for The Future of American Political Economy Conference yet?

It’s only two weeks away—on July 23–24 in Alexandria, Virginia.

And it’s going to be one of the biggest conservative conferences of the year.

Plus, registration is only $50 if you’re under 30—and if you’re currently a full-time student, admission is free!

So sign up now to hear from:

  • J. D. Vance, author of the #1 bestseller Hillbilly Elegy—who is considering a run for the U.S. Senate
  • Senator Marco Rubio
  • Amity Shlaes, bestselling author of The Forgotten Man and Coolidge
  • Jeff Sessions, former U.S. attorney general
  • . . . and nearly 20 others!



“Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.”

―Flannery O’Connor

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