Political correctness

What was once Calhoun College is now…

Featured image Yale’s Calhoun College is one of the university’s venerable residential colleges. It’s named after the prominent alumnus John C. Calhoun. Calhoun served as Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of War, and United States Senator. He was the also the leading Southern proponent of slavery until his death in 1850. Calhoun is most famous for his advocacy of slavery as a “positive good.” The man did a lot of damage. »

Berkeley then and now

Featured image The Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald must recently have visited the Berkeley campus of the University of California. In her Winter 2017 City Journal essay “From culture to cupcakes,” Heather takes note of two long quotations in Bauhaus-era typography that adorn the facade of Berkeley Law, as the law school now calls itself. On the left is a passage by Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo, from a 1925 speech at »

The Next Social Science Firestorm

Featured image You might not take much notice—in fact you’d be at risk of falling asleep—if you stumbled across this abstract of a recent working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research by three highly regarded labor economists: Not Working at Work: Loafing, Unemployment and Labor Productivity Michael Burda, Katie R. Genadek, Daniel S. Hamermesh We use the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) 2003-12 to estimate time spent by workers in non-work while »

Bottom Story of the Week

Featured image Since James Taranto has given up his daily “Best of the Web” column for the Wall Street Journal, others need to fill in the gap, especially his “Bottom Story of the Week” category. And here is another story out of Canada showing that we’re losing our minds: Moby Dick’s Restaurant Barred as an Offensive Name VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) – A business in Vancouver, B.C., has sued its building council for »

The persistence of “locker room talk”

Featured image I don’t think of my time at the University of Minnesota Law School from 1976 to 1979 as ancient history. My teachers and classes remain vivid in my mind. It seems like yesterday. Yet Paul’s comments on “locker room talk” among athletes at elite colleges reminds me “that was in another country, and besides, the wench is dead,” so to speak. In a sense, the seventies partake of the modern »

Another Pop Culture Dis of Political Correctness?

Featured image Further to yesterday’s post about how ABC’s “Last Man Standing” took direct aim at political correctness, I have stumbled across another promising example, CBS’s new comedy “The Great Indoors.” First of all, it stars Joel McHale, who was great in “Community,” and Stephen Fry. But its target appears to be coddled “snowflake” millennials. In fact, Fry uses the “snowflake” term to describe the foils for the show. Apparently there is »

The Cultural Canaries Say PC Liberalism is Dying

Featured image As I remarked in yesterday’s video compilation, even Hollywood has taken notice of PC absurdity. This 2 minute excerpt from Tim Allen’s new ABC sitcom “Last Man Standing” takes aim at a real “guidance” document against “microaggressions” issued last year by UCLA. The examples lampooned in this clip (like “people who work hard can get ahead”) were in fact proscribed by UCLA’s idiot administration. How long will campus liberalism want »

Have Kellogg and Other Companies Been “Dragged Into” Politics?

Featured image The Minneapolis Star Tribune reprints an article from the Washington Post under the headline “U.S. companies get dragged into a volatile political climate.” The article centers on Kellogg, which stirred outrage when it announced that it was blocking advertising on Breitbart.com because Breitbart isn’t “aligned with our values as a company.” There was a lot of pushback from conservatives, including us, but does that mean that Kellogg was “dragged into” »

Your Guide to a Trigger-Free Halloween

Featured image Richard Epstein notes the pathetic hypocrisy of Yale University’s president Peter Salovey, supposedly upholding free speech on campus while remaining silent about the shameful treatment of Nicholas and Erika Christakis, who were forced by the mob to resign their positions last year for the mere offense of suggesting people chill out about “offensive” Halloween costumes. Imagine how the Yale community will respond to this six-minute video guide to a trigger-free Halloween: »

Racism at the Yale Bowl? Hardly

Featured image Dartmouth and Yale have been playing football against one another for a long time. Last Saturday, when they played at the Yale Bowl, was the 100th meeting of the teams. (Yale broke a four-game losing streak with a 21-13 victory.) Given that long history, someone at Yale thought it would be fun to produce a program that featured a collection of vintage programs from past years. This is what it »

Sucking the Life Out of Childhood

Featured image When I was a kid, I spent my summers swimming in a lake, building rafts, manning a rowboat and zipping around in a speed boat, blowing stuff up with Zebras and cherry bombs, playing with animals of various sorts, and engaging (with zero skill) in sports and games, unsupervised by adults. Youngsters nowadays are not so fortunate. Most of them are subjected to the soul-crushing conformity of nanny-state political correctness. »

From the education apocalypse

Featured image It’s not possible to satirize the reign of political correctness on campus. Today’s satire is tomorrow’s diktat. John Leo takes note of the latest dispatch from the education apocalypse at Princeton and mischievously gets in the spirit: One of the feminists who used to write angry letters to the editor in the 1960s about sexist words such as “fireman,” “chairman,” and “mankind” has apparently come to power at Princeton and »

Diversity on the Rocks

Featured image Is it still okay to make Jewish mother jokes? If not, Woody Allen is in deep trouble, and most of his old films will need to be banned. There are two answers to this question. The diversity mongers of the identity politics left will say that it is permissible to make jokes about people who enjoy positions of power (white males, and of course Jews, because of all the old »

Russell Wilson avoids sack on alleged wedding move

Featured image Russell Wilson’s wedding planner says that the quarterback’s wedding to Ciara was originally going to take place in North Carolina but the couple opted for Paris, and when that didn’t work out, a castle in England. I wrote about this claim here. Wilson was asked today to confirm the wedding planner’s account. According to this report, Wilson responded: I’m just going to simply talk about, I just believe Jesus loves »

U. of Houston student leader punished for “All Lives Matter” post

Featured image Rohini Sethi is the student body Vice President at the University of Houston. After the assassination of five Dallas police officers at a Black Lives Matter inspired rally, she wrote on Facebook: “Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like #AllLivesMatter.” Sethi quickly deleted the comment, but it nonetheless generated outrage. In response, Sethi issued a statement in which she called her comment “inappropriate.” She said it was an emotional response to the tragic »

Mansfield on Trump

Featured image I’ve been waiting for Harvey Mansfield to offer up his considered judgment about Donald Trump, which he does today in the Wall Street Journal. One reason for this curiosity is not just that he’s Harvey-Freakin’-Mansfield, but because I still recall his terrific takedown of Ross Perot in The New Republic back in 1992 (not available online unfortunately), and figured that there might be similiarities. Here’s an excerpt from his Perot article: »

Politically Incorrect Ad of the Year (Updated)

Featured image The good people of Canada who produce oil products from tar sands are high on the list of the left’s top environmental criminals. So it is rather delicious of Canada’s Oil Sands Community to rig up this ad for their Facebook page: Well, you can guess what happened next. All hell broke loose. From Canadian press account: “That poster was disgusting, fetishizing queer women and reducing the existence of lesbians »