Timothy Sandefur's Articles
Leading an Enlightenment Life in an Anti-Enlightenment World
Exemplars of Enlightenment thinking, Deborah Feldman, Yeonmi Park, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali escaped oppression in pursuit of freedom, rational inquiry, and the life these values make possible. They are models for us all.
The Bravery of Hong Kong’s Freedom Fighters
The bravery of today’s Hong Kong protestors is nothing short of incredible. Confronting the massive forces of the world’s largest and most bloodstained dictatorship, they stand for freedom against overwhelming odds. Yet they remain undaunted.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Important Things in Life
Stevie Ray Vaughan left lasting monuments to his musical genius—and a lesson about the importance of focusing on the important things in life.
Enter The Twilight Zone This November
Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling’s sense of life was rooted in a belief that humanity could triumph over its challenges. Sixty years after its debut, the show remains one of the most popular ever made and a fixture of American culture.
Bravery That Broke the Berlin Wall
Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, as polls report the increasing popularity of socialism among young Americans, it’s worth pausing to remember the massive evil it embodied and the bravery that brought it down.
Celebrate and Exercise Your Right to Read
Countless people through the centuries have been denied the comforts of literacy and the thrill of encountering life-changing ideas in books. This week is a good time to reflect on how fortunate we are to have the freedom to read—and to resolve more firmly to exercise it.
The Rediscovery of America: Essays by Harry V. Jaffa on the New Birth of Politics
For all of his errors, Jaffa’s insistence that the truths of the Declaration are not historical artifacts but timeless principles worthy of defending will make his best work last forever.
John Fogerty’s Disciplined Focus
For all its apparent simplicity, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s music resonates because of the precision with which it was written, the discipline with which it was performed, and the bold and joyous spirit it evokes in its fans.