Paul Carrier and Joe Simonson founded Enquiry in 2013 to provide students with an outlet for “free thought and discourse.” Then, and still today, free thought and discourse were under attack at colleges and universities. College administrators and professors subordinated lively and valuable political discussion to students’ demands that certain voices be silenced.
Enquiry exists for those voices.
With the support of the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, Enquiry publishes three student opinion pieces every Monday on political, cultural, and economic issues. We print points of view and arguments that do not appear in many campus publications, and we welcome well-reasoned, well-written articles by students across the political spectrum, from paleo to progressive.
Emotions run high when college students engage with politics, but the written word can be an antidote. It forces students to stop, think, and argue persuasively. Here you will find no shouting matches, no sloganeering. The goal is to elevate discussion, not to end it. Here, no debates are over and settled, and no ideas are safe from criticism.
Our writers and editors have benefitted from studying under Professors Robert Paquette and Doug Ambrose, both co-founders of the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. Their dedication to improving students’ writing is unsurpassed. It would be difficult to overstate our gratitude to our mentors and to the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization and its supporters.