Opinion

A Gem in Chicago

We have gotten so used to seeing college presidents and other academic “leaders” caving in to so many outrageous demands from little gangs of…

Abstract Immigrants in an Abstract World

Why would a country with the world’s largest Jewish population, outside of Israel, admit large numbers of immigrants from countries where hatred…

A Clash of Police Policies

Amid the rioting in Milwaukee, there is also a clash between two leading lawmen there — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and the city of…

Trump and Blacks

Who would have thought that Donald Trump, of all people, would be addressing the fact that the black community suffers the most from a breakdown…

Does Black Success Matter?

We keep hearing that “black lives matter,” but they seem to matter only when that helps politicians to get votes, or when that slogan helps…

New Critics of Trump

A year ago, in August 2015, this column called “The Donald” the Democrats’ Trump card. It is hard to imagine any other Republican candidate who…

Old Lies

We expect to hear a lot of lies during an election year, and this year is certainly no exception. What is surprising is how old ...

The Political Picture

The good news is that both political conventions are now behind us. The bad news is that the election is ahead of us.No one knows ...

Black Votes Matter

Black votes matter. If Republicans could get 20 percent of black votes, the Democrats would be ruined. This is highly unlikely, given the approach…

The Dumbest Idea

If there were a contest for the most stupid idea in politics, my choice would be the assumption that people would be evenly or randomly…

The War on Cops: Part II

Even in this age of runaway emotions, there are still some people who want to know the facts. Nowhere are facts more important, or more ...

The War on Cops

There was never a more appropriately named book than “The War on Cops” by Heather Mac Donald, published a few weeks ago, on the eve ...

What Are We Celebrating?

There was a time when the Fourth of July meant something more than a three-day weekend. Speeches, writings and commemorative ceremonies reminded…

The Fraud Goes On

Last week the Supreme Court of the United States voted that President Obama exceeded his authority when he granted exemptions from the immigration…

Will Orlando Change Anything?

However great the shock of the massacre in Orlando, it is only a matter of time before we start hearing again the fact-free dogma that ...

Is Personal Responsibility Obsolete?

Among the many disturbing signs of our times are conservatives and libertarians of high intelligence and high principles who are advocating…

Is Personal Responsibility Obsolete?: Part II

Too many social problems are conceived of in terms of what “we” can do for “them.” After decades of massive expansions of the welfare state, ...

Socialism for the Uninformed

Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric,…

Commencement Season

This is the season of college Commencement speeches — an art form that has seldom been memorable, but has increasingly become toxic in recent…

Grim Choices

We must frankly face the fact that the front runners in both political parties represent a new low, at a time of domestic polarization and…

Dry Rot in Academia

Jason Riley has now joined the long and distinguished list of people invited — and then disinvited — to give a talk on a college ...

An Unmitigated Disaster

Republican party leaders may have worried that Donald Trump would not only lose the general election for the presidency, but would so poison the…

Random Thoughts: 2016 Elections

Random thoughts on the passing scene:One of the problems with being a pessimist is that you can never celebrate when you are proven right.If what…

Conservatives for Trump?

The sudden appearance of Donald Trump on the political horizon last year may have been surprising, but not nearly as surprising as seeing some…

Winners or Whiners?

If there is one pattern that is emerging from this year’s political campaigns, it is that rhetoric beats reality — in both parties.The biggest…

Campaign Lies

If you took all the lies out of political rhetoric, how much would be left? Apparently even less than usual this year.The latest, and perhaps…

The 'Voice of the People' Fallacy

We hear many fallacies in election years. The fallacy that seems to be most popular this year is that, if Donald Trump comes close to ...

Dangerous Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s victories in the Republican primaries may make him seem like a sure winner. But those victories have been achieved by receiving…

Supreme Hypocrisy

If there is one thing that is bipartisan in Washington, it is brazen hypocrisy.Currently there is much indignation being expressed by Democrats…

Black and White, Left and Right

Much is made of the fact that liberals and conservatives see racial issues differently, which they do. But these differences have too often been…

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