Unlike my father, I do not feel that life is a downhill run. Nor do I think of it as an arc that rises steadily until it reaches its apogee, tapers, and arches back to earth. The fate we choose is inscribed in multiple flights. Some follow the gravity of rise and fall, while others [...]
And why would he?
A few weeks ago, I wrote on an alarming study from the National Association of Scholars which demonstrated the complete hegemony of the left-wing perspective in university summer reading lists. A staggering 70% were found to be left-leaning and a mere 2% (!) represented the conservative perspective at all.
Ashley Thorne, communications director [...]
At Bates, the topic of my lecture was “The intellectual tradition of the left is bankrupt and its hegemony at Bates is an abuse of academic freedom.” In a rare departure from the norm, I had been invited to Bates by the dean of the college, even though, as he informed me shortly after we [...]
As an agnostic, I do not actually know whether the pictures stop anymore than the faithful know that they don’t. This uncertainty about our end is the one fact that links us more than any other. Pitiful ignorance about what matters most is the bond that unites us, believers and doubters alike. This is our [...]
The agenda of “Third Way” liberals like Weisberg and Marshall is to make the best of a bad situation. Since their brand of liberalism has portrayed McCarthy and his conservative allies as far bigger domestic villains than the Communists themselves, that liberalism is implicated in the behaviors of the left that have now been exposed.
Why the sudden interest in state and local politics on the part of national activists such as [George] Soros? An article by Jim Holt which appeared in The New York Times Magazine of November 11, 2004 provides an explanation. With Democrat power waning in Washington, many on the left have despaired of imposing their radical [...]
Isaac Deutscher was my friend and mentor and so I write the following with heartfelt regret. He was a brilliant, innovative thinker and literary stylist, but his life’s work, including his masterpiece on Trotsky, is finally a monument to the intellectual bankruptcy of Marxism itself. When all is said and done, the Trotsky biography [he [...]
And do we need a government bailout because of it?
A quiet little piece of legislation is making its way through Congress to answer precisely this question – in the affirmative, obviously. An amendment to an amendment of the “America COMPETES Reauthorization Act” (the “Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering” amendment) proposes [...]
My father’s prophet was Karl Marx, who was himself descended from a long line of rabbis. Like my father, Marx disdained the religion of his ancestors, regarding them as the comforting myths of weak-minded men. But the icon he chose for his secular faith was a mythical figure all the same. His hero was Prometheus, [...]
To eliminate affirmative action, [Jesse Jackson has claimed], is to invite the “resegregation” of American life.
Yet consider these unruly facts:
In 1940, 87 percent of American blacks lived below the poverty line. By 1960, five yearsbefore the Civil Rights acts and 10 years before the first affirmative action policies, the figure was down to 47 percent. That [...]