Equality

NFL extends “Rooney Rule” to women

Featured image I’ve found that big corporations sometimes respond to sustained attacks and bad publicity by trying to establish their liberal bona fides. They might launch an aggressive affirmative action program for hiring and/or for the selection of vendors (such as outside legal counsel). Or they might embrace a big liberal agenda item such as criminal justice reform. The idea is to show that they’re really not bad guys after all. Or »

Bottomly’s bottom line

Featured image What happens when “women become men” at Wellesley College, which has always been, and purports to remain, an all women’s school? The New York Times Magazine took up the question this week in its Sunday magazine. It’s a question the Wellesley administration could reasonably be expected to have answered already. After all, the existence of transgendered students at women’s colleges is no secret. For those of you who haven’t been »

Obama’s war on women persists

Featured image The Washington Post reports that the average male employed at President Obama’s White House earns significantly more than the average female. The average male makes $88,600 per year; the average female makes $78,400. According to the Post, the gap exists not just in low and mid-level jobs, but also among those who work at the highest echelons of the White House. The “pay gap” is, of course, a staple “war »

Is Thomas Piketty a Fraud?

Featured image French economist Thomas Piketty is the darling of the international Left. His book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, argues that in a free economy, wealth is inexorably concentrated in fewer and fewer hands. He credits (!) the two world wars and the Great Depression with temporarily interrupting this process and giving rise to more equality, but now, he says, concentration of wealth has resumed in both Europe and America. Piketty »

Jill Abramson and the road to misery

Featured image In Coconuts, the Marx Brothers’ first movie, the bellhops at Groucho’s Florida hotel demand their wages. Groucho asks them whether they want to be “wage slaves.” When they answer in the negative, Groucho replies: “No, of course not. But what makes wage slaves? Wages!” Wages make slaves out of many of us, and it’s reasonable for low earners to obsess over them. But high earners are a different story. For »

Kurt Vonnegut and Obama

Featured image Fred Barnes reminds us in the Wall Street Journal this morning that opposition party responses to State of the Union speeches typically fall flat, and gently chides Republicans for having little imagination to try anything different. One idea might be suggested by Bret Stephens’ column today, which extrapolates from Kurt Vonnegut’s famous short story “Harrison Bergeron.”  If you don’t know the story, Stephens helpfully provides Vonnegut’s self-explanatory opening: The year »