This Sensitivity Ploy Could Blow Up in Librarians’ Faces

A group of librarians at Boston’s Simmons College are attempting to breathe new life into an old librarian stereotype. An “Anti-Oppression Library Guide” takes library “shushing” behavior to new, socially aware levels, and has excited comment, particularly for its section regarding how to avoid offending Muslims. The guide identifies phrases supposedly offensive to

By | 2018-03-16T14:18:15+00:00 March 16th, 2018|

Woke Politics Makes for Bitter Brew

Where's a cop when you need one? That's a common observation made when one has been victimized. Maybe they’re busy elsewhere. Police can't be everywhere. And, of course, careful victimizers consider where cops are and aren't before victimizing. One place where we know the police aren't is Hasta Muerte Coffee in Oakland, California.

By | 2018-03-15T11:31:14+00:00 March 15th, 2018|

No Boys Allowed

Ten years ago while teaching English at Emory University, I noticed a trend. Each year there seemed to be more and more girls on campus. Also, from the time I started teaching college in 1993 as a graduate student, I would hear gripes from male students about their high school teachers and college

By | 2018-03-14T13:15:25+00:00 March 14th, 2018|

Activists Stand on the Dead to Reach Young Voters

Google “National School Walkout” and peruse the results. You will find a variety of sympathy-inspiring headlines and pictures: students weeping, holding impassioned signs, begging anyone to listen, to place “children first,” to wake up and become reasonable about gun control. What could be more compelling than our nation’s children asking for—in some instances,

By | 2018-03-13T15:44:48+00:00 March 13th, 2018|

Banned in Britain

This past weekend, the United Kingdom showed every American why we should be proud to have thrown off their rule. First, the British Home Office took the incredible step of banning American conservative activist Brittany Pettibone, who was detained along with her partner Martin Sellner at Heathrow Airport. What had Pettibone and Sellner

By | 2018-03-12T14:47:02+00:00 March 12th, 2018|

Welcome to the New Class Warfare

The Democratic Party was once considered the home of working people. That changed as mainstream liberals of the 1960s such as Hubert Humphrey, John and Bobby Kennedy, and AFL-CIO leader George Meany were replaced by radicals and their ideological offspring. A key moment in that transition came during Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign.

By | 2018-03-12T10:22:56+00:00 March 9th, 2018|

Civility, Not Surrender

Two recent articles, “How Progressives Win the Culture War” by David Brooks and “A Hillary Staffer Goes to CPAC” by Annafi Wahed have generated discussion about the renewed need for political civility. Brooks describes how progressives are on track to persuading “the mainstream that conservatism is vulgar and socially illegitimate, somewhere between smoking

By | 2018-03-09T15:29:56+00:00 March 9th, 2018|

Motor City Strikes Again: ‘Stop the Killer Cars!’

Leave it to the Regressive Left to put a pothole on the Motor City’s road to renewal. After decades of struggling, including becoming America’s largest municipal bankruptcy and enduring the restructuring of Chrysler and General Motors, Detroit has experienced an outburst of positive national press for being a hip city on the upswing.

By | 2018-03-09T00:03:33+00:00 March 8th, 2018|

The Great Social Media Purge: No One Is Safe

Social media is often abuzz with politics—from immigration and gun control to infrastructure and tariffs. Rarely is the social media itself the topic of discussion. But now is long past time for that discussion. It is certainly no secret that social media companies are overwhelmingly left-wing, fueling the fake “Russia” conspiracy theory, and

By | 2018-03-07T12:50:00+00:00 March 7th, 2018|