European Elites Should be Mindful of the “Spirit of 1848”

In his fantastic history of Europe, “The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914,” Cambridge scholar Richard J. Evans argues: The pursuit of power permeated European society in the nineteenth century. States grasped for world power, governments reached out for imperial power, armies built up their military power, revolutionaries plotted to grab power, political parties

By | 2017-10-06T22:11:33+00:00 October 6th, 2017|

We Need a Radio Free America on Campus

Deep within the United States Code a dynamite charge lies buried. Once ignited, it could blow the current landscape of higher education to smithereens, replacing its monotonous ideological expanse with an alpine variety of competing views and perspectives. Triggering the charge would require a willingness to overcome political reflexives that often serve conservatives

By | 2017-10-06T09:17:48+00:00 October 5th, 2017|

Puerto Rico as Progressive Playground

President Trump’s press conference in Puerto Rico made clear that whatever the island’s political designation may be, Puerto Ricans are Americans and he will act accordingly. The Commonwealth’s recovery—and not just from this hurricane—is part of the goal of making America great again. But the difficulties involved extend far beyond differences in political

By | 2017-10-05T11:59:02+00:00 October 4th, 2017|

Message to the Republicans: Free the People!

The political adage holds that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” This adage’s not-irrational assumption is that “the enemy of my enemy is also me.” Unless, it seems, you’re the Republican Congress. Having once served with many of you, I understand and empathize as you contend with obstructionist Democrats, a hostile

By | 2017-10-02T15:24:20+00:00 October 1st, 2017|

Roy Moore Won by Speaking for the Middle Class—Just Like Trump

According to reports, President Trump went to bed “embarrassed and pissed” after learning that he had backed a loser in Alabama’s Republican Senate primary. One can hardly blame him. At the urging of Republican wise men (try not to giggle) the president threw all of his substantial influence behind Luther Strange: He tweeted

By | 2017-09-29T13:38:22+00:00 September 29th, 2017|

A Lying Quartet

Rarely has an intelligence apparatus engaged in systematic lying—and chronic deceit about its lying—both during and even after its tenure. Yet the Obama Administration’s four top security and intelligence officials time and again engaged in untruth, as if peddling lies was part of their job descriptions. So far none have been held accountable.

By | 2017-09-26T18:52:07+00:00 September 25th, 2017|

DACA: The Civil Rights Issue of All Time

For Democrats, President Trump’s proposal to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is the civil rights issue of our time. No exaggeration. Just read  Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, who posted a blistering partisan attack on Facebook: The emotional and economic toll of President Trump’s cruel immigration policies was plain to

By | 2017-09-17T13:38:07+00:00 September 15th, 2017|