challenging religious privilege in public life

Free Speech


When thinking is made a crime

Arrival of The Enlightenment gradually erased the church's power to kill people. But blasphemy laws still sent nonconformists to prison.

Can We Avoid Insulting Believers?

Skeptics face a quandary: When we declare that supernatural dogmas are false fairy tales, believers may feel bitterly insulted.

Is It Blasphemy – Or Honesty?

Blasphemy isn’t a dirty word. It's honorable and honest. It’s almost a duty of thinking people to express skepticism of supernatural mumbo-jumbo.

The Deep Theory behind Stifling Speech

The worst manifestations are in universities and their cultural spill-over zones. Campuses are the training ground.

Campus Power Politics – It’s Calculated Strategy

Most of the many grievances are not meant to be resolved. They are meant to fester and be used in the service of power-politics strategy.

Will the Alt-Right Make the Left embrace the Enlightenment?

If the Left can make itself adopt the Enlightenment commitment to rationality, then we can at least again appeal to facts and logic.

Postmodernism, Reason and Truth

By most accounts we have entered a new intellectual age. We are postmodern now. Leading intellectuals tell us that modernism has died.

Postmodernism’s Dangerous Assault on Reason

Postmodernism rejects the Enlightenment project in the most fundamental way – by attacking its essential philosophical themes.

The puzzle of why postmodernists are hostile to dissent and debate

It is a puzzle why among the far Left we find civility, tolerance, and fair play the least practiced and even denounced.

How Postmodernists Use Language as a Weapon

It makes perfect sense that to most postmodernists language is primarily a weapon. This explains the harsh nature of much postmodern rhetoric.