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.

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|

Republicans Aren’t Funny

Editor's note: This article was first published at The American Spectator and appears in American Greatness by permission. Conservative intellectuals in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere are gathering to discuss where conservatism stands in the Age of Trump and where it will be after he leaves office. As those deliberations evolve and spill into Republican Party affairs,

By | 2019-06-13T19:33:07-07:00 June 12th, 2019|

Don’t Assume Good Intentions from Campus P.C. Pushers

No matter how much the general public abhors political correctness is higher education, the monitors of the Left continue to find methods of surveillance. Two Villanova professors described the latest development last week in the Wall Street Journal. It's a revision to the course evaluation form that professors distribute to students at the

By | 2019-04-12T20:25:22-07:00 April 11th, 2019|

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