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I've been telling and retelling an interesting Trump anecdote over the past few days. When The Donald's campaign manager, Paul Manafort, reached out to John Kasich about the vice presidency, Kasich reportedly asked (as one does), "What's the job description?" To which Manafort replied, "You'll be in charge of domestic and foreign policy." "Well," asked Kasich, [...]

Pop quiz. Should colleges be: Havens for free thought, places where big ideas are discussed and thinking is challenged, and beacons of intellectual diversity? Spaces where some ideas are too risky, too frightening, and too taboo to discuss openly, and students are stringently insulated from having to grapple with them? My guess is that, for most of us, [...]

Two key definitions: ego anxiety and discomfort anxiety. To distinguish the two, Albert Ellis—founder of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)—wrote in 2003: Discomfort anxiety (DA) I define as emotional tension that results when people feel (1) that their comfort (or life) is threatened, (2) that they should or must get what they want (and should [...]

From Asra Nomani's “Islamic Bill of Rights for Women in the Bedroom” to the book that much-lauded author and public intellectual Christopher Hitchens called "my favorite book on Islam" (Ibn Warraq's Why I Am Not a Muslim), their work is almost frighteningly cogent on the topic of Islamic reform. If you're not familiar with their writing and [...]

Believe me, I've worked hard to stay away from political material. For most of my life, actually. I've had my reasons but, in the days since the Orlando shooting, I've arrived at the belief that if I don't say something sufficiently pointed about the problem of religious extremism, and make what case I can for the universality of liberal progressive [...]