Obama’s Gaffe, in Terms an Academic Can Understand

Here’s the President’s statement, applied to academia: There are a lot of [tenured], successful [academics] who agree with me because they want to give something back,” the president said. “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There … Continue reading Obama’s Gaffe, in Terms an Academic Can Understand

Why Republicans Are Happier, Part IV

One of my most popular posts, from February 2008—the source of my first Instalanche!—argued that conservatives are happier than liberals, and gave some reasons why. I followed that up here, and then here, where I pointed out that conservatives are not only happier but also nicer and more loving than liberals. Conservatives hug their children more, derive more pleasure from the happiness of others, and are … Continue reading Why Republicans Are Happier, Part IV

The Ideology that Dare Not Speak Its Name

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

Domestic Terrorism

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

The Higher Education Bubble

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

Inequality Blues

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

Bayesian Birtherism?

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?

Sealed with a Kiss

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