The paranoid style in academic politics

Featured image The Washington Free Beacon continues to expose the deep thoughts supporting Columbia University’s surrender to the anti-Semitic mob. Today Jessica Costescu draws on the private Instagram account of Gil Hochberg, the Ransford Professor of Visual Studies, Comparative Literature, and Middle East Studies and chairman of the school’s Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (“MESAAS”) department. In the Instagram post on which Costescu’s story focuses, Professor Hochberg decries the coverage »

Jammin’ with Jamaal

Featured imageSquad man Jamaal Bowman held a sort of last-stand rally in the South Bronx — why the South Bronx?– with Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this past Sunday. Having asked around about the Westchester County towns designated by Bowman in his effusion, I take it that Bowman simply disapproves of heavily Jewish neighborhoods. Why he singles out Jewish neighborhoods for scorn isn’t hard to discern, but what a disgrace. In »

Is This Speech?

Featured imageThese are four recent instances of appalling and hateful behavior. Here, an anti-Semitic mob gathers outside a Los Angeles synagogue, harassing Jews who are going to worship. Violence broke out and is captured in other videos: 🚨BREAKING: Protestors call for bloody revolution against Jews (intifada) outside of synagogue in LA. — Today is America (@TodayisAmerica) June 23, 2024 This one is described as an anti-Semitic protest outside a Jewish »

Government Employees Are Overpaid

Featured imageRemember the good old days when it was possible to talk about “public servants” with a straight face? In 1958, liberal economist John Kenneth Galbraith wrote a book titled The Affluent Society, in which he contrasted America’s fabulously wealthy private sector with its alleged poor relation, the public sector. Galbraith was probably wrong, even then–he was wrong about nearly everything–but in the decades that have since gone by, the idea »

The Daily Chart: Media Free-Fall Continues

Featured imageThe news over the weekend that Washington Post editor-designate Rob Winnett will not assume the job after a staff revolt inside the money- and reader-losing paper ratifies Andrew Sullivan’s famous thesis from a few years ago that “we all live on campus now.” Media organizations now resemble self-governing college faculties, with the same result. I got to thinking how little I use my online Washington Post subscription any more, even »

Borderline Racism

Featured imageUC Berkeley, which “Cultural Stereotype” Casey Goonan wants to burn down, offers “Chicano Studies,” based on The Cosmic Race (La Raza Cósmica) by Nazi propagandist and Mexican politician Jose Vasconcelos. The Cal State system, (Cal State LA was first to translate the racist tract) also offers Chicano studies, but these government universities are not the only examples of institutionalized racism. Consider, for example, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) »

ESG: Headed For the Ash Heap Of History?

Featured imageEnvironmental/Social/Governance (ESG) investing is one of the most repellent fads of recent years. Happily, the Telegraph reports that a decisive turning point may have been reached: “How the ‘woke capitalist’ gravy train came to a juddering halt.” First, some history: While the acronym only rose to prominence in the City in the last five years, ESG has been around for far longer. The term was first coined in 2005 in »

Dumbest Protest Ever?

Featured imageI know, the competition is stiff. But this is definitely a contender: Six climate protesters stormed the 18th green while the leaders were lining up their putts for the final hole of regulation at the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship on Sunday, delaying the finish for about five minutes. The protesters came from all directions around the green and waved smoke bombs that left white and red residue on the putting »

Block the Vote

Featured imageThe California Supreme Court has ruled that the Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act, duly qualified for the November ballot, must be removed from the ballot. This was “to prevent voters from passing it,” according to John Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, who explains: The seven justices of the Supreme Court yielded to the wishes of the political branches, handing them the victory they sought over the will »

Anatomy of a Jerk

Featured imageIn New York City, there is an exhibit honoring the victims of Gaza’s October 7 massacres. A week ago, many Jews attended an event there. Leaving the event on the subway, they were harassed by a “masked mob of pro-Hamas demonstrators,” including one masked man who accosted a group of Jews on the subway and demanded that “Zionists” raise their hands, warning, “This is your chance to get out.” That »

Podcast: The 3WHH on the Nitrous Oxide from the Court

Featured imageWe hadn’t even planned to do a regular episode this week because John Yoo is over in Korea (where he is enjoying a 30-year old Ballentine whisky), I was away at a three-day conference, and Lucretia is breaking in a new kitten. But we received urgent messages from listeners and readers asking us to please decode just what the Supreme Court did this week, especially in the Moore v U.S. »

Time to pull the fire alarm

Featured imageIt’s hard to find a video clip that fully captures the degraded madness of Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s rally with Bernie Sanders and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez in the South Bronx yesterday. Let’s go with the clip tweeted out by Rep. Ritchie Torres. After all, the rally took place in his district. Was Bowman trolling for illegal votes? The level of profanity here is so shocking as to be unbecoming of a Member »

Loose Ends (259)

Featured imageAfter a week on the road, a lot to catch up on. • Let’s start with wishing a happy birthday today to the greatest living American: • It’s only six years late, but the Snopes fact-check people have belatedly confirmed that Joe Biden has been lying about Trump and Charlottesville: No, Trump Did Not Call Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists ‘Very Fine People’ This was obvious to any fair-minded person who »

Let’s Go Crazy!

Featured imageYesterday Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders and Jamaal Bowman held a joint rally in the Bronx. Their purpose was to boost Bowman’s candidacy, as he is too much of a lunatic even for that constituency and seems likely to lose his primary on Tuesday. Ocasio-Cortez came on stage to an obscene rap by Cardi B: Hoes better lower they tone when they spittin’. Bitches is washed, soap on the dishes. I »

The end of everything

Featured imageVictor Davis Hanson is out talking about The End of Everything: How Wars Descend into Annihilation. Listening to his interview on the current Ricochet podcast with Rob Long and Steve Hayward, I learn that Victor has been working his way through a second round of Covid. He contracted this one while leading 160 travelers on a tour to Normandy for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Victor, take care »

Most Likely an Outlier

Featured imageI suppose only politics junkies are paying attention to the polls nearly five months out from the election. And it also seems as though the polls are harder to interpret–more all over the place–than usual this year. Here is one that I am pretty sure is an outlier, and yet, like the others, it offers a glimpse into what voters are thinking. Rasmussen periodically polls on immigration and offers an »

Sorett calls the cops

Featured imageAs I recalled earlier this week, basketball great Charles Barkley famously disavowed his own autobiography, claiming that he had been “misquoted” in it. Sir Charles (or someone) aptly titled the autobiography Outrageous! The Fine Life and Flagrant Good Times of Basketball’s Irresistible Force. Sir Charles came to mind in connection with the statement circulated by Columbia College dean Josef Sorett late last week. Commenting on the Washington Free Beacon story »