America’s Ailing Healthcare System Depends Upon Immigration—And That’s a Bad Thing

Now that President Trump has signaled his support for the RAISE Act, many Americans are being forced to think about the merits and pitfalls of our legal immigration system. One key problem that has received no attention is how the large-scale immigration of foreign physicians has contributed to the atrophying of U.S. medical

By | 2017-08-10T13:17:46+00:00 August 7th, 2017|

The Diversity Queen: A Poem

The Queen of Hearts, from Wonderland, Climbed from her rabbit hole, Strode into College Admissions And assumed royal control. “I object to objectivity!” She regally declared. “By my arbitrary standards Applicants shall be compared.” “And this shall be the way of it: Brains shall mean less than skin. We’ll evaluate our scholars Based

By | 2017-08-09T12:27:05+00:00 August 6th, 2017|

In Defense of America’s Game

Every autumn, 4 million boys continue a tradition they share with their fathers, grandfathers and leather clad players of old. Football’s unique character and preeminent appeal make it America’s game. Yet today football is under assault, with player safety the stated motivation. Fans fear and detractors hope the game faces an existential crisis.

By | 2017-08-03T15:57:00+00:00 July 30th, 2017|

‘Indoctrinationism’: The Ideology of Speech Policing

Speech policing in the United States, often called “political correctness,” has inspired much resentment and concern along with advocacy. Right now only its advocates have an action plan—which is to institutionalize PC on university campuses through the appointment of administrators responsible for developing and enforcing policies to control expression. Those who object to

By | 2017-07-26T12:46:23+00:00 July 20th, 2017|

Make Rhetoric Great Again

At the university where I teach rhetoric, an organization called the Center for Public Deliberation promotes events where students, faculty and other citizens can discuss issues that are relevant to American democratic life. Among the goals listed on the Center’s website are decreasing political polarization, creating safe spaces for dialogue between “co-creating agents

By | 2017-07-25T13:50:57+00:00 July 20th, 2017|

Donald Trump vs. the Post-West

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, our civilization and to set free suffering humanity....and we know that by thy grace, and the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph." Who wrote those words? Someone

By | 2017-07-22T10:33:17+00:00 July 18th, 2017|

James Mattis the Teacher

I guess that in this day and age, we shouldn’t be surprised that a high school student was able to obtain Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’s cell phone number and call him up for an interview. But should we be surprised that Mattis accepted the call and then answered a series of questions?

By | 2017-07-15T14:50:58+00:00 July 12th, 2017|

The Curious Case of Ben Sasse

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska has become something of a lightning rod on the Right. Many movement conservatives are drawn to his erudite and scholarly manner and see him as a principled statesman in contrast to Donald Trump who, they argue—and quite rightly I might add—has abandoned what has come to be called

By | 2017-07-14T11:23:57+00:00 July 10th, 2017|

Inside Chomsky-World

Some 35 years ago I attended a party in honor of Noam Chomsky. A group of us stood around him, hearing his thoughts on the relevance of psychology to linguistic theory. Inevitably, conversation flagged—not least because he didn’t see much relevance in it—so I piped in. I had just seen an ad in

By | 2017-07-13T14:48:59+00:00 July 9th, 2017|