Mark Bauerlein

About Mark Bauerlein

Mark Bauerlein is a senior editor at First Things and professor of English at Emory University, where he has taught since earning his Ph.D. in English at UCLA in 1989. For two years (2003-2005) he served as director of the Office of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. His books include Literary Criticism: An Autopsy, The Pragmatic Mind: Explorations in the Psychology of Belief, and The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future. His essays have appeared in PMLA, Partisan Review, Wilson Quarterly, Commentary, and New Criterion, and his commentaries and reviews in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, The Guardian, Chronicle of Higher Education, and other national periodicals.

Polarization Narrative Is a Triumph for Leftism

When commentators regret the ferocious polarization in the United States following the election of President Donald Trump, conservatives must be wary. Polarization as a term to describe the political scene has strategic value for liberals. In calling what has happened to our country a problem of a disappearing middle, liberals obscure actions of the Left

By | 2020-02-20T00:51:55-07:00 February 19th, 2020|Tags: |

Conservatism Is the Real Resistance

If you ask conservatives what they stand for—I mean genuine conservatives, not libertarians who were aligned with conservatives long ago because of a shared anti-Communism even though their social beliefs were wholly liberal—here is what they will say: “God. Family. Country.” Yes, it’s that simple. Conservatives want a churchgoing public, stable families, and national identity.

By | 2020-02-12T22:04:20-07:00 February 11th, 2020|Tags: |

When Will Conservatives Understand That It’s Not a Contest of Ideas?

Even as Donald Trump continues to frustrate #TheResistance after three years of ceaseless fabrication and hysteria, conservatives must not forget just how close they are to the edge. We have a defender in the White House, but the social ideas of the Left prevail in nearly every other elite and cultural space in the United

By | 2020-01-22T19:23:47-07:00 January 22nd, 2020|Tags: |

Liberals Bow to Leftists

The sorry descent of former Vice President Joe Biden into identity politics on the campaign trail signals that the Democratic Party of Tip O'Neill and Bill Clinton is over and done with forever. The pull of group resentments in the party is too strong. Last summer, Biden staked his place in political correctness, and he

By | 2020-01-13T20:54:26-07:00 January 12th, 2020|Tags: |

People Like Us

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”  may be the most self-aggrandizing, self-satisfied, self-projecting campaign slogan ever adopted, but among the liberal elite the conceit is even stronger today than it was in 2008. “We should be in charge—not those guys!” is the subtext of every statement in the recent Democratic presidential primary debates.

By | 2019-12-26T16:30:08-07:00 December 26th, 2019|Tags: |

The Duplicitous Game of Critique

Ever since the “Theory Revolution” of the 1970s, my colleagues in the humanities have prided themselves on their vigilant critical temper. Marx’s famous pledge in 1843 was everybody’s motto: “a ruthless criticism of all that exists.” By 1980, after the wave of Theodor Adorno, Simone de Beauvoir, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and other radical analysts

By | 2019-11-20T21:37:03-07:00 November 18th, 2019|Tags: |

A Great Awakening to the Fight Is Upon Us

Last week in a dinner speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., Princeton professor Robert George had some advice for social and religious conservatives: “You must fight.” It was an exhortation that does him no good in the academic world. A distinguished Ivy League scholar and teacher isn’t supposed to talk about the “culture

By | 2019-11-07T09:31:42-07:00 November 2nd, 2019|Tags: |

Democrat Campaign Slogan: “We Are Guilty, Guilty, Guilty!”

“The deliberate national penance that most Germans take for granted offers a striking contrast with the ways American have confronted their own national crimes.” That’s a line from an article last month in The Atlantic. The article focuses on a supposedly sad divergence: while Germans have fully acknowledged their responsibility for the Holocaust and accepted

By | 2019-10-05T19:50:10-07:00 October 5th, 2019|Tags: |

It’s Guerrilla Warfare

When my liberal friends and colleagues begin to explain to me why they imagine President Trump is appallingly vulgar and incompetent and venal, there is always a point in which their faces go blank. It happens when I say to them, “What about the Little Sisters of the Poor?” That stops them short.

By | 2019-07-18T20:38:48-07:00 July 17th, 2019|

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