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.

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 | 2019-07-17T19:38:07-07:00 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|

Liberalism Then and Now

If you go back just a few decades, here is what liberals believed: Everyone should be judged as an individual. To see someone as a representative of a group is to stereotype him. People have a right to privacy, which means that what they do in their personal lives isn’t relevant to their

By | 2019-03-10T17:31:42-07:00 March 10th, 2019|

White Privilege Doesn’t Mean Anything—And That’s the Point

If you’re intimidated by a racially loaded term such as “white privilege,” as so many conservative leaders and commentators seem to be, then you don’t belong in a position of power. A game is being played on you, and you don’t understand the rules. Here’s how it works. Take a look at this

By | 2019-02-12T20:52:44-07:00 February 12th, 2019|

Who Wants These Professors?

Last year, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the industry periodical for academia, published a commentary under the title “The Whitesplaining of History Is Over.” The first sentence went like this: When the academy was the exclusive playground of white men, it produced the theories of race, gender, and Western cultural superiority that underwrote

By | 2019-01-24T20:44:23-07:00 January 24th, 2019|

Normal President Trump

In a speech at the National Press Club in October 2016, Peter Thiel revised Donald Trump’s campaign slogan from “Make America Great Again” to “Make America Normal Again.” Liberals and leftists would choke on that assertion today. Nothing is more abnormal to them than Donald Trump in the White House. They still believe,

By | 2019-01-09T23:50:26-07:00 January 10th, 2019|

Democratic Politicking, Old and New

The energetic dispatch with which liberals throw -ism charges at conservatives and Republicans is no surprise, and the targets are right to invoke civic principles in response. But sometimes it’s better to raise the other side’s past as a worthy contrast to its degraded present. This isn't how Democratic politicians have always talked.

By | 2018-11-04T18:40:07-07:00 November 5th, 2018|