About Ryan Shinkel

Ryan Shinkel is a graduate of the University of Michigan and an alum of The John Jay Institute in Philadelphia.

Do Americans Still Share a Common Political Life?

By |2016-06-26T17:54:40-05:00May 11th, 2016|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Featured, Liberty, Politics, Populism, Presidency|

What do Eurosceptic movements, support for Donald Trump, and recent college protesters have in common? All are populist reactions to political correctness and its precondition of abolishing our common political sense of what we can do together. Such a lesson one can garner from French philosopher Pierre Manent, who is little known in America, but [...]

Multiculturalism and the Corruption of the University

By |2019-12-13T15:00:45-06:00January 21st, 2015|Categories: Education, Featured, Liberal Arts|

George Orwell wrote: “The enemies of intellectual liberty always try to present their case as a plea for discipline versus individualism.”[1] Though that may have been the case in 1946, the enemies of intellectual liberty on Western campuses today have little need to formulate reasoned defenses of their actions, due to the intellectual self-containment in the university [...]

The Closing of the Collegiate Mind

By |2014-11-17T11:25:41-06:00November 14th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Education, Humanities, Liberal Arts|

In this essay, I propose that the paradigm presented by Matthew Arnold on the meaning of culture can and should be a response for understanding the eroding arts and humanities today. The Unmapped Classics The twentieth century economist E. F. Schumacher recounts in A Guide for the Perplexed that while in Leningrad, 1968, he was [...]

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