“To listen and understand; to question and disagree; to treat no proposition as sacred and no objection as impious; to be willing to entertain unpopular ideas and cultivate the habits of an open mind … It’s what used to be called a liberal education.” — Bret Stephens
My name is Joey Lyons, and I am the founder of Left, Right, Center. I am a sophomore at Middlebury College where I major in International Political Science and Economics and minor in Mathematics.
I believe a liberal arts education is valuable because it exposes students to a wide variety of both disciplines and perspectives. Taking courses in mathematics, politics, economics, literature, science, art, language, history and music encourages us to see the world in all of its complexity. In our diversity of courses, we confront foreign and, at times, uncomfortable viewpoints. This process teaches us how to think critically, how to formulate and defend arguments, and how to challenge and consider ideas that differ from our own.
I started Left, Right, Center in order to promote meaningful exchange across a variety of perspectives on issues that affect the United States and the world-at-large.
This publication is a forum for students to learn how to think critically, formulate and defend arguments, and challenge and consider views that differ from their own. Only through entertaining a wide range of ideas can we separate compelling claims from weak ones, and open ourselves up to the possibility of persuasion and learning.