Articles by Mark Bauerlein

The Privilege of Identity Politics

ast month, Melinda Gates announced that “we need to apply a gender lens to solving this [coronavirus] crisis.” She linked to a March 12 story in the New York Times reporting that with women making up to 70 percent of healthcare workers worldwide, women are at “disproportionate risk.” COVID-19 may very well end up “exacerbating […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

It’s Guerrilla Warfare

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Who’s the Radical? On Confidence and Common Sense

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Republicans Aren’t Funny

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

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Liberalism Then and Now

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

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Who Wants These Professors?

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Normal President Trump

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Dreary Diversiphiles’ Utopian Dreams

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