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Patriotism? The TENTH Recycling Of July 4

Following is a recycling of a much-recycled post that was last posted here July 4, 2019. Things have gotten worse since then. …. 17 years ago, for the first time, here, I recycled an old, short piece I’d written on “Patriotism” published in The Nation, July 15, 1991. Yes, that Nation, with which in a […]

Affirmative Action: R.I.P. Or Release 3.0?

I have a new article in the Summer 2021 issue of the National Association of Scholars journal, Academic Questions. It argues, among other things, that the new emphasis on “equity” threatens affirmative action as much as it does the increasingly old-fashioned principle prohibiting the state from benefitting or burdening individuals based on their race.

“Equity” For Whites?

On Instapundit Glenn Reynolds quotes a New York Times article calling for the end of race-blind auditions for orchestras: “If ensembles are to reflect the communities they serve,” the article asserts, “the audition process should take into account race, gender and other factors.” To which Reynolds responds: No one ever argues that sports teams, or […]

Ad For Ohio State Diversity Officer

The following ad appeared in Inside Higher Ed’s Diversity Insider emailed April 13. Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer The Ohio State University The Ohio State University is seeking a Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer A Assistant Dean? Is writing and speaking non-standard English […]

A History Assignment For President Biden

On Tuesday night President Biden acknowledged to George Stephanopoulos of ABC News that he was now open to “reform” of the rule allowing Senate filibusters. Since his own deeply held, passionate views on the necessity of the filibuster over the years have been what might charitably be labeled inconsistent — varying in lockstep with which […]

How Bad Is Cancel Culture?

I have an ongoing email correspondence with a good old friend (who’s also an old good friend) who doesn’t think things are as bad as I do. I respect this friend’s views. He’s sort of liberal but basically non-ideological and non-partisan and reads more widely than most. I will refrain from naming him so as […]

The End Of Civil Rights?

I have a new essay on Minding The Campus: “Systemic Racism,” “Equity,” and the End of Civil Rights. It’s something of a follow-up to: ‘Equity’?

Cancel Culture, Eugene Debs, And Free Speech

I have a new essay at City Journal discussing the confrontation between America’s greatest socialist (sorry Bernie) and cancel culture. Of course back then “cancel culture” had not yet been given its fancy name. Then it was just called repression,.

Glenn Loury, Shelby Steele: Calling A Spade A Spade

Two unusually  powerful articles have appeared in the past day or so — Glenn Loury’s “Unspeakable Truths about Racial Inequality in America” and Shelby Steele’s “How Equality Lost to ‘Equity.’” They are almost eerily similar not only in their impressive eloquence but in the arguments they make. Since it would do a disservice to each […]

Inequitable Choices?

The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes a newsletter, Race on Campus, devoted to discussing “What national conversations about racial equity and inclusion mean for you and your institution. This week’s issue features a conversation with Fatima Stanford, director of diversity for the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard, co-author of a recent article in the New […]