Political correctness

Liberals and the Death of Comedy

Featured image Everyone understands that the left is against comedy, because humor punctures their precious earnestness. It is widely understood that Mel Brooks couldn’t make Blazing Saddles today, even if Richard Pryor wrote most of the script again. But there’s another movie what can’t be made today: Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Although the film is mostly a satire of political extremism, at the time of the film’s release a lot of »

Dartmouth Dons the Hair Shirt

Featured image Dartmouth College joins the ranks of those eager to apologize for alleged past sins: Dartmouth embraces historical accountability in new project. As educational institutions across the country wrestle with their ties to slavery, Dartmouth College is taking a closer look at the darkest corners of its history. The college plans to launch a “historical accountability” project this summer, which aims to better understand how marginalized groups, including African-Americans and other »

Amy Wax speaks (YouTube edition)

Featured image We’ve written several times about Amy Wax, the distinguished professor at University of Pennsylvania Law School who has spoken truth to political correctness in the face of threats to her livelihood and attacks on her character. Penn law dean Ted Ruger has now succumbed to demands that Professor Wax be barred from teaching the required first year course on civil procedure. This past Thursday the National Association of Scholars honored »

The Levy letter

Featured image The Daily Pennsylvanian posted a copy of the letter of resignation submitted by former Penn trustee and Penn Law School Overseer Paul Levy to Penn President Amy Guttmann in its story here, but it may not be accessible to readers in its entirety unless viewed on a desktop computer. The Wall Street Journal recently published an excerpt of the letter as a signal contribution to understanding what Roger Kimball has »

Amy Wax speaks

Featured image We’ve written several times about Amy Wax, the distinguished professor at University of Pennsylvania Law School who has spoken truth to political correctness in the face of threats to her livelihood and attacks on her character. Penn law dean Ted Ruger has now succumbed to demands that Professor Wax be barred from teaching the required first year course on civil procedure. Paul Levy, a now former Penn Trustee Emeritus and »

National Association of Scholars event will honor Amy Wax

Featured image We’ve written several times about Amy Wax, the law professor who speaks truth to political correctness at the cost of considerable abuse. I’m happy to report that the National Association of Scholars is holding an event at which it will present Professor Wax with an award for academic courage. It’s good to know that while some groups are targeting Wax, others are honoring her courage. In addition to receiving her »

The Reductio Ad Absurdum of Diversity

Featured image St. Catherine University (generally referred to locally as St. Kate’s) is a Catholic school in St. Paul, Minnesota. Its undergraduate school is for women. For the last few years, St. Kate’s has put on a “leadership conference” for students and others. But on December 8, this year’s conference, which was scheduled for January 19 and had approximately 200 registrants, was abruptly canceled. A St. Kate’s dean explained what happened in »

Et Tu, Country Music?

Featured image If there is any place in America where one might have expected a conservative to feel at home, it would be country music. Or would have been, anyway, until the Country Music Association chased Mike Huckabee off the board of its charitable foundation: On Wednesday, the Country Music Association announced the newest members of the board of its charitable foundation: singer Chris Young and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R). »

At U of Miami, Free Speech Is Expensive

Featured image The Federalist Society at the University of Miami Law School proposed to bring in Charles Murray as part of a debate on free speech. Ironically enough, the university responded by charging the Federalist Society for the cost of security for the event–security made necessary by liberals’ proclivity toward violence. The tab? Nearly $8,000, a prohibitive sum for most campus groups. Goodbye, debate on free speech! The president and vice-president of »

Today in Social Justice Panic

Featured image Today’s five-alarm social justice panic comes to us from the “Social Justice Team” at 8LimbsYoga in Seattle, which apparently has an inferiority complex to Portland or something. Not much commentary is required for this, so assuming your funny bone and the part of your larynx that produces laughter is suitably warmed up from your morning floor exercises, here goes: A LETTER FROM THE 8 LIMBS SOCIAL JUSTICE TEAM Dear Community, »

Amy Wax looks back

Featured image Last year I wrote about the academic tempest aroused by Professors Amy Wax and Larry Alexander in “That which must not be said.” They aroused the tempest with this Philadelphia Inquirer column recapitulating a few home truths. Professor Wax is the Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She earned an M.D. degree from Harvard in addition to her J.D. degree from Columbia Law School. »

Target: Happy Valentine’s Day To My “Person!”

Featured image My wife used to be a loyal Target shopper; in fact, she worked for Target quite a few years ago. Her loyalty has waned as the company has gotten ever more PC, but she still shops there occasionally. She took this picture of a Valentine’s Day display in our local Target store: “You Are My Person.” How romantic! Is Valentine’s Day really celebrated by a lot of people who aren’t »

Super PC Bowl

Featured image I am wondering whether any of the players at the Super Bowl will take a knee during the national anthem, and if so, whether the TV broadcast will show it. NBC, which is broadcasting this year’s game, has refused to run this ad because it makes fun of North Korea’s Little Kim: Over the last few years the Super Bowl games have actually gotten better; more close games instead of »

First They Came for Friends. . .

Featured image As noted here previously, a noisy, nosy cohort of the millennial generation can’t stomach the old sitcom Friends, but now they’re going after . . . James Bond! Because 007 was a rapist don’t you know. Michael Walsh is manning (may I still use that verb?) the picket line against this creeping PC censorship, but it also gives us an excuse to screen the evidence that will be used against »

The Disgraceful Howard Dean

Featured image Former Vermont governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean appeared recently on a panel on free speech at Kenyon College, where he grossly mischaracterized the lamentable events at Yale University in the fall of 2015, where a student mob screamed at Nicholas Christakis for his wife’s sin of writing an email saying students should chill about offensive Halloween costumes. The video of the whole panel (which also included Steven Pinker and »

Crazy Story of the Week

Featured image There are many news items these days that recall that great line from Randall Jarrell’s comic novel about academia, Pictures from an Institution, that runs: “President Robbins made a speech that—a Gertrude said, you had to hear it not to believe it.” This week brings one that is off the chart for this category. From The Telegraph: Women who identify as men are not being routinely offered potentially life saving »

Friends-less

Featured image I tried a few times back in the 1990s to take in an episode of Friends, but just couldn’t get through it. It seemed an entirely mediocre offering, and I could never understand why it was so popular, except I suppose as a prequel to the super-charged self-absorption of the coming of age millennial generation. At its peak it attracted as many as 52 million viewers. But maybe I have »