Strengthening the intellectual foundations of a free society.
Created 09 Nov 2020
  • Woke and Anti-Woke
    26 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 10 1
    By design and through strict discipline, Symposium avoids discussion of electoral politics in favor of a discussion of ideas—but political results do occasionally add urgency to the ideological debate...
  • A Culture Going Blind
    09 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 8 1
    One of the great mistakes we make in the whole political debate over “wokeness” or “cancel culture” is to view this as primarily a political phenomenon or issue. But this movement on the left, by what...
  • The Case for the Liberal Leviathan
    25 Oct 2021 • 13 min read • 6 0
    The question of American foreign policy and America’s place in the world has always been a subsidiary of the question, “What is America?” The Founding Fathers of the republic themselves never really a...
  • How to Think Like the Founders
    15 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 9 2
    Faced with the rise of illiberal doctrines on both the left and the right, it is clear that we have dangerously neglected our advocacy and understanding of the basic principles of liberalism. As Ronal...
  • Why Liberals Should Care About Progress
    05 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 13 2
    The case for a free society is a broad integration across many subjects, including history, economics, and moral philosophy. Central to this integration is the topic of human progress—specifically, th...
  • How Archie Bunker Explains the World
    01 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    Rob Tracinski talks to Tom Nichols, professor at the US Naval War College and author of Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault from within on Modern Democracy, about authoritarianism, Italian villages, enli...
  • The Authoritarian "Demonstration Effect"
    23 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 9 1
    Rob Tracinski talks to Shikha Dalmia, visiting fellow with the Mercatus Center’s Program on Pluralism and Civil Exchange and editor of The Unpopulist, about the development of authoritarian “best prac...
  • Put the "Culture" Back in the Culture War
    21 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 5 1
    Those engaged in what passes for a “culture war” these days probably never knew, or don’t remember, the earlier culture war that was fought—and, in retrospect, lost—in my youth. But that old war is th...
  • The Truth About Hungary
    14 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Rob Tracinski talks to Dalibor Rohac, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, about Hungary’s “new hybrid system” of authoritarianism—and American conservatives’ infatuation with it. You c...
  • The Young Puritans
    09 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 5 0
    In addition to our own contributions to the intellectual defense of liberalism here in Symposium, I will occasionally round up interesting commentary on the future of liberalism that we see elsewhere....
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