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The Democrats Try To Revive Affirmative Action, Again

Minding The Campus has just posted a longish essay of mine on the latest attempt to repeal California’s Proposition 209. This may well be my last piece on that soon to be put to bed wonderful site. It will be missed. I sent my essay off last night but this morning saw John Fund’s superb new […]

The Equivalent Of War?

In a 1906 speech at Stanford University that was the original and still perhaps the most articulate argument for organized, collective national service, William James called for “The Moral Equivalent of War.” Ever since — from the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps to the Peace Corps to AmeriCorps to the “war” on poverty and drugs— […]

Garner On “Racism” vs. “Racialism” Is Off

In my post immediately below, R.I.P.  M.T.C., on the lamentable demise of Minding The Campus, I had high praise for Bryan Garner’s Garner’s Modern English Usage, even going so far as to put it on the same pedestal as The Chicago Manual of Style. For reasons that will become clear if you follow my instruction, […]

R.I.P M.T.C.

I am sad to report the imminent demise, on June 30, of the eminent online journal, Minding The Campus, outstandingly edited by John Leo — with much more than a little help from his wife, Jacqueline Leo — for the past thirteen years. Approaching eighty-five, John has decided to retire, and thus to retire MTC. […]

Abigail Thernstrom

Abigail Thernstrom passed away last week. She was an impressive woman, as ably documented by Roger Clegg in National Review. I am proud to say she was a good friend, and she was also quite a force. With so many fools around, it’s especially sad to lose someone who so efficiently refused to suffer them […]

Virus Alarmism … Or Not

[NOTE: This post has been UPDATED] Heather Mac Donald has a typically (for her) superb article on the “misguided response to COVID-19.” I encourage everyone to read it. But… I just sent her the following comments: This piece is terrific, as usual! I admit, however, to feeling some uncomfortable dissonance between my view of the […]

Babylon Wanna-Bee

As most of you know, the Babylon Bee is a hilarious satire site. In fact, since the Dems, Libs, and Progs have become so deranged it has become so difficult to tell satire from reality that Instapundit has for a long time been referring to the Bee as our newspaper of record. In that spirit, […]

Washington State: Another Attempt To Revive Affirmative Action

Even readers with short memories will recall that Minding The Campus published my three essays covering the duplicitous attempt of Washington State Democrats to bring back affirmative action, which had been prohibited in a 1998 referendum. But in case anyone has forgotten: A Duplicitous Attempt to Rescue Affirmative Action Washington State Voters Reject Affirmative Action, Again Tricking […]

Politicized History

I have a new rather long essay on Minding The Campus, “Playing Politics With History,” that I invite — no, encourage — you to see. I often describe myself as a lapsed historian, and writing this reminded me of some old times. One of those times is described in the second half, or perhaps last […]

The New Yorker Discards “Diversity,” Embraces Discrimination

I encourage readers to take a look at a new article (because the article is quite long, it will have to be a long look)  in The New Yorker by Louis Menand defending affirmative action. I will have more — probably much more — to say about it presently, but at the moment I am […]