Mary Nicholas relates the history of socialists trying to obscure the nature of their own doctrine—passing communism off as socialism, socialism as progressivism, progressivism as simple humanitarianism. She illustrates the point with the Fabian Society, whose emblem is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It’s discouraging how successful this campaign has been. Try to pin down the ideology of almost anyone on the Left—President Obama is … Continue reading The Ideology that Dare Not Speak Its Name
If you haven’t heard about the team of Leftists who are harassing and threatening bloggers, trying to silence them, you need to learn something about what they are doing—with the financial support of the Tides Foundation, the Heinz Foundation, the Barbara Streisand Foundation, and others. Freedom of speech is under serious attack. This is bone-chilling. Maybe leftists have been calling people who happen to disagree … Continue reading Domestic Terrorism
Glenn Reynolds talks to Naomi Schafer Riley about the state of higher education. It’s a fascinating discussion, free of the overgeneralizations that plague discussions of this issue. Ron Lipsman, for example, claims that college education is now little more than indoctrination, except in certain areas of the hard sciences. That’s not so. Certain fields and courses are mostly indoctrination—almost anything with “Studies” in the title, … Continue reading The Higher Education Bubble
I’ve been arguing for a while (in the “Poverty Ain’t What It Used to Be” series, for example) that the left and the media have a distorted picture of the United States, based on the fact that they reside in large cities that really do have a huge and powerful upper class, a large lower class, and a disappearing middle class. The New York Times … Continue reading Inequality Blues
Jason Kissner uses Bayes’s theorem to analyze the impact the 1991-2007 literary agency’s statement that Obama was born in Kenya should have on rational probability assignments. Even if one starts by assigning a very high probability to the assertion that Obama was born in the United States, reasonable assignments to the likelihood that an agent would claim him to have been born in Kenya if … Continue reading Bayesian Birtherism?
Roger Kimball reminds us how little we know about Barack Obama: Now in talking to some left-leaning graduate students a few nights ago, I said that the fact that the records are sealed indicates that there are unattractive things that they would reveal. They found that reasoning ridiculous. But why? Barack Obama does not go around hiding things that would make him look good. If … Continue reading Sealed with a Kiss
Doug Ross gives a terrific rundown of Barack Obama’s historic firsts: Yes, he’s historic, alright. • First President to Preside Over a Cut to the Credit Rating of the United States Government • First President to Violate the War Powers Act • First President to Orchestrate the Sale of Murder Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels • First President to issue an unlawful “recess-appointment” while the U.S. Senate remained in session (against … Continue reading The First Post-Modern President
Three news stories about African and African-American Studies departments have emerged over the past week. Oddly, people haven’t tended to put them together. The Chronicle of Higher Education fired Naomi Riley from their Brainstorms blog for writing a response to an article about African and African-American Studies programs. If ever there were a case for eliminating the discipline, the sidebar explaining some of the dissertations … Continue reading African and African-American Studies?