In which Nicholas Gruen and I discuss institutions that support human flourishing by limiting competition, rather than nudging people forward through self-interest.
The right's test for healthy speech — that it should somehow be "free" and unrestrained — is a weak diagnostic compared to the ideas of isegoria (equal speech) and parhēsia.
No one would be satisfied with a politics that was somehow halfway between the extremes of right and left, that wasn’t one thing or another. The center needs a positive definition. It needs its own direction. It needs to offer its own alternative.
How the courage of one person — to do, in a sense, only what he is expected to do — has lead to outsize consequences on the world stage.
When I was a boy, my father sometimes told me the story of Cincinnatus, the 5th-6th century farmer who was twice appointed dictator of Rome, and who voluntarily gave up his power both times. His restraint had supposedly been a model for early American leaders like George Washington, who gave