Our Conservative Folks Part 2: Campuses Are Becoming Unsafe Spaces for Conservative Students

The attack on Middlebury College political science professor Allison Stanger, who moderated a talk by scholar Charles Murray, has received some attention—as it should. There is something about the image of a professor wearing a neck brace from an attack by a mob on campus that should raise alarms. Stanger became a target by virtue

By | 2017-03-13T15:53:19+00:00 March 13th, 2017|

Our Conservative Folks

Back in the days of Jim Crow, many whites defended racial discrimination by trotting out stereotypes about “Our Black Folks,” who they maintained were satisfied with the status quo. Oh, they are quite happy with being maids, bootblacks, and sharecroppers, said the apologists. They like living on their “side of the fence,” as a character

By | 2017-04-03T05:35:25+00:00 March 10th, 2017|

Harry Potter and the Danger of Words

“Avada Kedavra!” —Voldemort It must have been J. K. Rowling. That’s the only explanation that makes sense. Rowling, with her Harry Potter series, somehow convinced a generation of kids that words, spoken in just the right sequence, can affect the physical world in exactly the same way force can. After exhausting every other rational explanation,

By | 2017-03-09T08:17:03+00:00 March 9th, 2017|

The Middlebury Meltdown

Future historians of the liberal arts in American academic life will be able to pinpoint the time and place of its death with remarkable accuracy. The fatal blow was delivered Thursday night, March 2, at Wilson Hall, Middlebury College, Vermont. The victim struggled manfully, but finally expired outside the McCullough Student Center an hour or

By | 2017-03-05T14:38:57+00:00 March 5th, 2017|

The Denunciation Racket

Maybe it’s my background as a Soviet-era Jewish Russian emigre, but I’ve always found calls from politicians to denounce someone or something unsettling. From the days of Ancient Rome when senators would pressure each other to out-denounce political enemies to appease the emperor, to the French Revolution where the Sans-Culottes pamphlets read: “Denounce the crimes,

By | 2017-03-04T09:54:09+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|

George W. Bush and Political Stockholm Syndrome

“Stockholm Syndrome” is defined as “feelings of trust or affection felt in certain cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim toward a captor.” Watching the recent George W. Bush interview with Jimmy Kimmel, is there any greater illustration of this definition on display? A man so many of the Left in Hollywood had been

By | 2017-03-03T13:50:43+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|

Looking at Trump as a Turnaround Executive

The 2016 election outcome was an unexpectedly loud declaration by the American people about their dissatisfaction with the direction of the country. Further, the magnitude of the post-election polarization has ensured the historical habit of “happy talk” promoting the need for bipartisan initiatives that bring us together is absent and not going to happen. We

By | 2017-02-28T16:38:55+00:00 February 28th, 2017|

CPAC 2017: An Autopsy

President Trump at CPAC: For a few shining moments, the conference had the feel of a political movement with a future. Author’s note: I have prepared this piece in accordance with the factual standards used by CNN and Buzzfeed. Any “fake news” is thus immune from criticism. Shortly after the opening ceremonies of

By | 2017-02-27T21:24:47+00:00 February 27th, 2017|

A Partial Defense of Milo Yiannopoulos

Some thoughts on the Milo Yiannopoulos brouhaha. Of course the former Breitbart.com editor's videotaped comments, in which he seemed to condone sex with young teenage boys, are appalling. And, like many others, I found his denials and apologies to be insufficient. But I’d like to put some other things on the table to explain why I’m

By | 2017-02-24T15:28:27+00:00 February 24th, 2017|