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Jihadists: Understanding the Nature of the Enemy

At the peak of its strength, the Islamic State (or ISIS) not only controlled a large swath of territory — an area roughly the size of the United Kingdom — it also proved itself a formidable global menace. It instigated, directed, and inspired. . .

Science without Philosophy Can’t Resolve Abortion Debate

There is a new push by prominent opponents of abortion to cloak their position in the mantle of science, and claim that anyone who defends abortion rights is a “science denier.” This push has been the impetus for an onslaught of legislation aimed at. . .

A Dozen Books for Defending Free Speech

So much is happening on the issue of free speech these days that anyone interested in the future of this important right will want to educate himself about the subject. That can be a daunting task, as hundreds of books have been written on free. . .

The Virulent Pull of Tribalism

Tribalism is resurging. One of its most obvious manifestations can be seen in politics. Today what seems to matter first and above all else is loyalty to one’s political tribe and its leaders, not the facts about an issue, not the truth on any given. . .

Slicing Into the Gay Wedding Cake Case

In 2012, a Christian baker in Denver refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. He saw it as an exercise of his religious freedom. They saw it as a violation of their civil rights. The couple filed a complaint under Colorado’s anti. . .

Trivializing the Islamist Menace

How we understand the “terrorist threat” is critical to defining a sound policy for addressing the problem. Yet there’s something deeply, dangerously wrong in the way many of us think of the threat. That’s manifest not only in the prevailing view. . .

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