Ideological Leachcraft

When Does the Nanny Become a Despot?

Featured image So among my liberal friends is Joel Mathis of the Philadelphia Magazine.  This is one of those situations made possible in the Internet age: I’ve never met Joel in person, but we’ve spoken on the phone several times, exchange lots of emails and Facebook comments, and he’s one-half of the Right-Left “Ben and Joel Podcast” with Ben Boychuk on the InfiniteMonkeys site that is always excellent.  (And let’s face it: »

Thought Experiment: Burns vs. Sunstein

Featured image I’m working my way up to a Christmas books post in which I intend to include some discussion of which old C.S. Lewis book you ought to have on your Christmas book buying and/or reading list, but for now I want to derive a short thought experiment from this frequently cited Lewis passage from his essay “The Humanitarian Theory of Capital Punishment” (found in the indispensable collection God in the »

What price Ayers? The finale

Featured image In “What price Ayers?” we reported on the Illinois Humanities Council’s remarkable online fundraising auction item: dinner for six with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, the unrepentant terrorists and at least onetime friends of Barack Obama. In search of funds, the IHC made the item available for immediate purchase for $2,500; at the time we noted it the item had attracted one bid of $350. The IHC offered supporters the »

A nonquote from Chairman Jim

Featured image We’ve faithfully followed the pronouncements of the Obama administration’s National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jim Leach in our Quotations From Chairman Jim series. We have found the sayings of Chairman Jim to be lengthy, verbose, opaque, and pseudoliterate. Nevertheless, it is clear that civility of a certain kind — civility, Obama style, as Andrew Ferguson has called it — has been the theme of Leach’s speeches. Now, however, Thomas »

What price Ayers? An update

Featured image Last week in “What price Ayers?” we reported on the Illinois Humanities Council’s remarkable online fundraising auction item: dinner for six with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, the unrepentant terrorists and former friends of Barack Obama. In search of funds, the IHC made the item available for immediate purchase for $2,500; at the time it had attracted one bid of $350. The IHC offered supporters the priceless opportunity to walk »

Pearl Harbor Day at the NEH

Featured image In July 2010 the National Endowment for the Humanities sponsored a workshop for college professors at the East-West Center, University of Hawaii. The title of the conference was “History and Commemoration: The Legacies of the Pacific War.” As one of the 25 American scholars chosen to attend the workshop, Professor Penelope Blake anticipated an opportunity to visit hallowed sites such as Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial and the Punchbowl Cemetery »

What price Ayers?

Featured image The Illinois Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; frequent subject Jim Leach presides as chairman of the NEH. The NEH provides almost all the funding for the IHC, but the IHC is looking for more. It has posted the Public Square’s tenth anniversary online fundraising auction with 12 items up for bid. The bidding opened yesterday and runs through December 19. Item 2 »

The Smithsonian speaks

Featured image In the comments to “Occupy the Smithsonian,” some anonymous Smithsonian spokesman corrects the reportage of the Washington Post’s ArtsPost item by Maura Judkis on which our post was based: It is a misunderstanding that the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is planning an exhibition. Please note that there are no plans for an exhibition of the OWS signs. Staff of the museum has collected a only a few pieces »

Occupy the Smithsonian

Featured image We’ve noted that the National Endowment for the Humanities has taken a sharp left turn into politics and inanity in the Age of Obama under Chairman Jim Leach. The Smithsonian apparently doesn’t want to be left behind in the culture wars. It’s in a hurry to join Leach. You might say it can’t wait! Maura Judkis reports at the Washington Post’s ArtsPost blog that representatives from the Smithsonian’s National Museum »

Quotations From Chairman Jim, digital edition

Featured image Jim Leach is the Obama administration’s chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the subject of this long-running series. The NEH has now posted Leach’s remarks last week at the Digital Public Library of America Conference. In these remarks Leach touches in passing on the subject of illiteracy “in the citadels of academia” or, as I have called it in a previous installment of this series, educated illiteracy. »

Quotations From Chairman Jim, Bowdoin edition

Featured image A perceptive eyewitness writes to report on the appearance of National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jim Leach last week at Bowdoin College and to make a special contribution to this series. Our correspondent writes: NEH Chairman Jim Leach visited Bowdoin College last week to meet with faculty who had received NEH grants and those who were applying for future grants to hear about their projects. Mr. Leach also spoke »