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Russia Gives Up on Trump and the West

Russia Gives Up on Trump and the West

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By the end of his second term, President Ronald Reagan, who had called the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” was strolling through Red Square with Russians slapping him on the back. Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive. And how have we husbanded the fruits of our Cold War triumph? This month, China’s…
Trading #MeToo for Partisan Hit Jobs

Trading #MeToo for Partisan Hit Jobs

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Credit: C-Span/YouTube Screenshot Christine Blasey Ford says Brett Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a party in the 1980s when they were both in high school. Kavanaugh says it didn’t happen. How much evidence must be arrayed against him before he’s denied a seat on the Supreme Court? That depends on who you ask. “I…
The Hollywood Child Abuse Epidemic No One Wants to Talk About

The Hollywood Child Abuse Epidemic No One Wants to Talk About

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In the late 1990s, during the swollen stages of the dot-com bubble, Marc Collins-Rector founded Digital Entertainment Network. A sort of proto-Netflix, it would broadcast original serials on the Internet. One of them, called Chad’s World, was written and produced by Collins-Rector, and followed a young man as he moved in with his brother and…
The Village Voice Goes Silent, Finally

The Village Voice Goes Silent, Finally

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How do you write an obituary for someone who was a great and loving role model to the parents you love, but who was abusive and dismissive to you and your friends? When I first heard about the death of the Village Voice on August 31 (its print edition was euthanized last year, which had…
The Augustine Option

The Augustine Option

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To the continued debate over whether religious Americans should pursue a Benedict or Dominic option, I propose adding a third historic churchman to the mix: Saint Augustine. This is not because I have some alternative Augustinian vision for shaping the future of Christianity in the West (though perhaps some scholar of Augustine should propose one!). Indeed, I’m…