How the Universities Drove the Transcendent Out of Literature, and How to Get It Back

Criticizing contemporary humanities professors for having “snuffed out the divine” in their disciplines, William Kolbrener argues that in so doing they have denied literature’s ability to let the reader transcend his own experiences, instead falling back on the narrowmindedness of identity politics.

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More about: John Milton, Literature, Political correctness, University

 

UN Peacekeepers in Lebanon Do More Harm Than Good

Aug. 12 2020

With its size, budget, and remit greatly expanded following the 2006 war between Israel and Hizballah, the United Nations International Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is tasked with keeping both sides’ forces out of the southern portion of the country. While the IDF has indeed abided by the armistice, UNIFIL has failed spectacularly at compelling Hizballah to do the same. Eugene Kontorovich argues that, unless the peacekeeping force can be reorganized so as to be effective, it would be better to scrap it, or at the very least reduce its size:

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More about: Hizballah, Israeli Security, Lebanon, Peacekeepers, U.S. Foreign policy, United Nations