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The New York Times On What – And What Is Not – Fit To Print

Since 1896 “All The News That’s Fit To Print” has been the motto of the New York Times. Its recent publication of an OpEd, “What ‘Snowflakes’ Get Right About Free Speech,” by Ulrich Baer, vice provost for faculty, arts, humanities, and diversity and professor of comparative literature at New York University, suggests that the Times’ view […]

#BlackLivesMatter Must Matter To Stanford

By now you’re familiar with Ziad Ahmed, the son of a hedge fund manager and graduate of Princeton Day School (tuition: PreK through Fourth Grade: $28,230; Fifth and Sixth Grades: $33,010; Seventh through Twelfth Grade: $34,600 per year) who was just admitted to Stanford after submitting an application essay —  answering the question, “What matters to you, […]

Hinky Hasen

Prof. Richard Hasen, widely regarded (especially by Democrats) as an expert on election law, has a recent OpEd in the Washington Post demonstrating that his expertise does not extend to affirmative action. His argument is that Judge Neil Gorsuch is an “affirmative action baby,” that he “got where he is because of a form of […]

Klueless [sic] Kristof

These days it is almost impossible to parody progressives, because they unwittingly parody themselves so much more effectively than would-be critics ever could. Take Nicholas Kristof of  the New York Times (please!). Here he is today, writing “My Most Unpopular Idea: Be Nice to Trump Voters.” Suggesting that “Maybe we all need a little more […]

Race, Sex Discrimination Against University Administrators

Here is the lede from my recently posted Minding The Campus piece on paycheck unfairness: The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) has just published an extensive research report on pay and representation of racial and ethnic minorities in higher education administrative positions that ought to be a bombshell, documenting as it does widespread […]

Feminist Math

I encourage you to take a look at my short piece on “Another Breakthrough In Feminist Mathematics” that appeared today on Minding The Campus. Roger Clegg wrote to ask whether my daughter, Jessie the physicist, had helped with it. I replied: ” Alas, no, or it would have been better. But I’ll send it to her […]

Be Careful What You Ask For

In “Obamacare, Abortion and the Ease of Extremism,” Megan McArdle discusses “how much easier it is to hold radical opinions when you have no hope of passing legislation.” She makes a powerful if familiar argument that much of our current extreme partisanship “began with the sweeping decision in Roe v. Wade. At a stroke, the […]

Universities And The “Undocumented”

I was in college across the Bay from Berkeley when the Free Speech Movement erupted on that campus. I recall a headline, probably in the San Francisco Chronicle, announcing at one point that UC Chancellor Clark Kerr would “crack down on off-campus non-students.” I thought at the time that doing so would be unrealistically ambitious, […]

DeVos “Divisive”?

No one has written more incisively and even-handedly about controversial issues on campus than the Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Peter Schmidt. Thus it was both surprising and disappointing to see him describe Dept. of Education nominee Betsy DeVos’s recent statements about Title IX enforcement as “divisive.” “Divisive,” according to the New Oxford American Dictionary on […]

Will Jews Continue To Support Democrats Despite Obama/Kerry Betrayal?

In my recent post, “Are Jews The New Blacks,” I wondered whether Jews would continue to support Democrats as slavishly as they have in the past, including the recent past. Although it is obviously too soon to say, apparently many influential Democrats are worried and are rapidly attempting to put some daylight between them and Obama’s […]