Opinion

The Real Lessons of Middlebury College

Many people seem shocked at the recent savagery of a mob of students at Middlebury College, who rioted to prevent Charles Murray from addressing a…

Education at a Crossroads

In just a matter of days — perhaps next Monday — a decision will be made in Washington affecting the futures of millions of children ...

Education at a Crossroads: Part II

One of the painful realities of our time is that most public schools in most low-income, inner-city neighborhoods produce educational outcomes…

Random Thoughts, Looking Back

Any honest man, looking back on a very long life, must admit — even if only to himself — being a relic of a bygone ...

Farewell

Even the best things come to an end. After enjoying a quarter of a century of writing this column for Creators Syndicate, I have decided ...

The 'Diversity' Fraud

Nothing so epitomizes the politically correct gullibility of our times as the magic word “diversity.” The wonders of diversity are proclaimed from…

A Public Service

Sometimes someone inadvertently performs a public service by bringing an unbelievably stupid and dangerous idea to the surface, where it can be…

Where Are We?

We are now in a kind of political no-man’s-land between an administration on its way out and a new administration taking shape. Predictions are…

The Left's Gambles

Sometimes life forces us to make decisions, even when we don’t have enough information to know how the decision will turn out. The risks may ...

Football and Fallacies

This is a football story with both political and legal implications.It was fourth down in a National Football League game, and the punting team…

Backward-Looking 'Progressives'

People who call themselves “progressives” claim to be forward-looking, but a remarkable amount of the things they say and do are based on looking…

What Now?

A Hillary Clinton victory would have meant a third consecutive administration dedicated to dismantling the institutions that have kept America…

What Now?: Part II

As the post-election shock of some, and the euphoria of others, both begin to wear off, the country and the new administration will have some ...

Painful Choices

Let’s talk sense about the election. Nothing is to be gained by refusing to face the hard facts. What are those facts? First of all, ...

Painful Choices: Part II

In most Presidential election years, the most important vote is the vote for President of the United States. This year, the most important vote…

The Left's Vision

The political left keeps announcing, as if it is a new breakthrough discovery of theirs, that life is unfair.Have they never read Thomas Gray’s…

Has Economics Failed?

It is especially painful for me, as an economist, to see that two small cities in northern California — San Mateo and Burlingame — have ...

Turnout Time

Some of us this election year don’t even want to say the words “Clinton” or “Trump” — and with good reason. However, there is one ...

Immigration Controversies

Despite controversies that rage over immigration, it is hard to see how anyone could be either for or against immigrants in general. First of all,…

The Left and the Masses

The greatest moral claim of the political left is that they are for the masses in general and the poor in particular. That is also ...

The Left and the Masses: Part II

It is never easy to tell what people’s motives are. But, when the political left proclaims their devotion to improving the lives of others in…

The Left and the Masses: Part III

Claiming the role of champions of the masses is something the political left has been doing ever since there has been a political left — ...

Words Versus Deeds

Donald Trump’s gutter talk about women shows yet again that he is bad news. The problem is that Hillary Clinton is far worse.Trump’s talk is…

The Academic Curtain

Back in the days of the Cold War between the Communist bloc of nations and the Western democracies, the Communists maintained pervasive…

Dunbar High School After 100 Years

One hundred years ago, on October 2, 1916, a new public high school building for black youngsters was opened in Washington, D.C. and named for…

'Favors' to Blacks

Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a chemistry…

Our Political Predicament

There is no point denying or sugar-coating the plain fact that the voters this election year face a choice between two of the worst candidates ...

Election Year Books

Election year politics generates much rhetoric and confusion. And the media often adds its spin. But, fortunately, there are some books around…

Racial Issues

Ordinarily, it is not a good idea to base how you vote on just one issue. But if black lives really matter, as they should ...

Misleading Statistics

Mark Twain famously said that there were three kinds of lies — “lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Since this is an election year, we can ...

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