Want to Shut Up Leftist Professors? First Ignore Them

These days the California State University Fresno isn’t getting attention for its world-class agricultural college or for its top-rated nursing program. Instead, it’s getting noticed for its hard-left professors tweeting outrageous insults about President Trump, or violating students’ free-speech rights. First was the adjunct history professor who last year tweeted “Trump must hang.”

By | 2018-04-20T16:00:17+00:00 April 20th, 2018|

How Do We Say the Things We Cannot Say?

Society becomes polarized and impoverished when obvious truths are denied. To address the ensuing malaise, government expands. When government expands, government unions flourish. And there are few things generally less understood yet more consequential than the symbiosis between expanding government and government unions. On nearly every controversial issue of significance, certain perspectives of

By | 2018-04-14T15:44:30+00:00 April 14th, 2018|

Whatever the Left Touches, It Ruins

The only way to save Western civilization is to convince more people that leftism—not liberalism—is a nihilistic force. Quite literally, whatever the Left touches it ruins. So, here is a partial listing of the damage done by the Left and the Democratic Party: The most obvious—and, therefore, the one more and Americans can

By | 2018-04-09T19:25:15+00:00 April 9th, 2018|

Divers Measures

Recently, distinguished University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax opined that a group of students who were subject to lower admission standards than their peers did not, in her experience, perform as well in her classes. Outrage ensued. Many commenters have insisted that she was wrong in her impression, and they might be

By | 2018-04-07T11:04:53+00:00 April 7th, 2018|

How Pompous Thou Art: Of Pronouns and ‘Plain Speech’

Controlling the language is an important step towards controlling many arguments; language is, in a sense, the terrain upon which arguments are fought It’s instructive, then, to consider the current academic skirmishing along “Pronoun Ridge,” a key piece of our linguistic terrain.   A “pronoun,” as grammar school informed us, is a word

By | 2018-03-28T23:53:09+00:00 March 29th, 2018|

Trump, Adultery, and Morality

Some years ago, I wrote a column about adultery and politicians. In light of the Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal interviews concerning their alleged (and probable) affairs with President Donald Trump, it is time to revisit the subject. I do not agree with those—Right or Left, religious or secular—who contend that adultery invalidates

By | 2018-03-26T19:21:16+00:00 March 26th, 2018|

#MeToo and the Clinton Carve-Out

For a moment, join the legions of embittered Democrats who imagine a world where Hillary Clinton won the 2016 presidential election. Would that world have a #MeToo movement? Eleven months after Clinton lost to Donald Trump, New York Times and New Yorker stories about film executive Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct ignited #MeToo. Social

By | 2018-03-25T04:57:08+00:00 March 24th, 2018|

To Restore Free Speech, Discipline is Necessary

Some students at Kennesaw State University outside Atlanta have filed a lawsuit against the university, and for a very good reason. They are members of the Young Americans for Freedom, and they allege they’re the victims of discriminatory treatment by the administration. The facts aren’t complicated. The group invited Katie Pavlich to visit

By | 2018-03-20T15:19:24+00:00 March 20th, 2018|

Contraceptive Ruling Shows Breathtaking Judicial Arrogance

In a mostly unnoticed manner, lower federal courts are actively blocking President Trump’s agenda. National injunctions, a once-rare legal practice, are now almost de rigeur among lower court judges; a way to gain national attention by using regional cases to bind the hands of the executive. It is a national injunction that is

By | 2018-03-18T12:12:16+00:00 March 18th, 2018|