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Today’s University Epic Fail

Featured image Just when you think universities can’t sink any lower, they manage to find a way. This afternoon news was announced that UC Berkeley has cancelled Ann Coulter’s planned appearance next week, citing security concerns after last weekend’s riots along with the feeble excuse that the university couldn’t find a room to accommodate her, along with other made-up restrictions on her planned appearance. I had already heard from my own sources »

The NY Times Agrees with Power Line

Featured image No sooner do I repeat my theme here about how the left created the “post-truth” era, than the New York Times comes along to ratify my thesis. Writing in the Times today, Duke University student Casey Williams wonders, “Has Trump Stolen Philosophy’s Critical Tools?” For decades, critical social scientists and humanists have chipped away at the idea of truth. We’ve deconstructed facts, insisted that knowledge is situated and denied the »

The Intolerant Left

Featured image Last week at Boulder’s Conference on World Affairs I was placed on a panel about the subject of “alternative facts”—that wonderful phrase of Kellyanne Conway’s that sent the media and the left (but I repeat. . .) into paroxysms of rage. As I mentioned before, the sound failed on the video of my opening remarks (I’m hoping a backup audio recording may come available), which is too bad, as I »

The Infantile Left

Featured image Say what you will about the “red-diaper babies” of the old left decades ago: at least they wore diapers. Today’s un-diapered left is dropping its s— everywhere. I missed the latest riot in Berkeley yesterday (I was out of town), but I may well get another chance when Ann Coulter is scheduled to come to campus later this month for a speech sponsored by the Berkeley College Republicans. This will »

Claremont Rioters To Be Punished?

Featured image We wrote here about the disgraceful shutting down of a speech by Heather Mac Donald at Claremont McKenna College last week. The Brownshirts who blocked access to the building where Heather was to speak included Claremont students as well as outsiders. The campus police did nothing to impede the mob; if anything, it appeared that they were there in order to protect the rioters. No doubt CMC has taken a »

Barbarians Rule at Claremont McKenna

Featured image I wrote yesterday about Heather Mac Donald’s West Coast tour. Night before last, she was at UCLA at the invitation of the college Republicans, and was subjected to the usual inane treatment by leftists. Last night she was at Claremont McKenna College, and it was even worse. Heather emails: The crowds started gathering around my speaking location and the guest suite where I had been hustled after arriving on campus »

Free Speech & Silly Speech on Campus

Featured image Two terrific articles to bring to your attention today, and then an event announcement/invitation for East Bay Power Line readers. First up is Robert Boyers, a professor of English at Skidmore College and editor of Salmagundi, a literary journal not widely known beyond the halls of academe, writing this week in the Chronicle of Higher Education about “The Academy’s Assault on Intellectual Diversity.” Very much worth reading the whole thing, »

My Daughter Made the Drudge Report

Featured image As everyone knows, things are very bad on college campuses these days. So bad that my youngest daughter has made the Drudge Report. The link is Conservative students say “violently threatened.” It is an outrageous situation that is being handled with remarkable grace by conservative students. »

Middlebury Agonistes

Featured image Princeton’s Robbie George and his lefty sparring partner Cornel West have put out a splendid statement unequivocally condemning the shameful events at Middlebury. Excerpt: All of us should seek respectfully to engage with people who challenge our views. And we should oppose efforts to silence those with whom we disagree—especially on college and university campuses. As John Stuart Mill taught, a recognition of the possibility that we may be in »

The Rich Are the Party of the Left

Featured image I’ve argued here now and then that the Democratic Party (and liberalism) is now the natural home for the left. Kevin Williamson writes about corporate leftism at National Review this week, though as far back as the Reagan years conservatives began to perceive that big business is not our friend. (It was blowback from several Fortune 500 CEOs that kept Reagan from reversing the JFK-LBJ era executive order that gave »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: The Real Resistance on Campus

Featured image The left is abuzz with talk of how they represent “The Resistance” to Trump, which I suppose is a successor to “The Movement” in the 1960s. Of course, what happened to “The Movement”? More immediately, for the campus-based Resistors, what do they do when the students aren’t buying what they’re selling? Two articles from the “scholarly journals” of the identity-politics fever swamps reveal the faculty frustration with students. The first »

Switching Places on Free Speech

Featured image Further to my observations about the status of free speech in higher education today, this week’s Economist offers the following questions arising from the Middlebury disgrace: Mr. Murray is left to worry about academic freedom and to note that many of his assailants resembled figures from “a film of brownshirt rallies.” Middlebury’s agitators might ask themselves how a man whose work they regard as racist acquired the right to compare »

Liberal Bullying On Campus: A Case Study

Featured image Not all liberals are bullies, but a great many are. Where liberals are in the majority, the bullies among them try to make life miserable for those who fail to conform. Almost every college campus is in this category. A case in point, one of many, is St. Olaf College, where my youngest daughter is a sophomore. The college newspaper has a commendably balanced story on the intolerance that prevails »

Free Speech Is Not Enough

Featured image Not sure my next book will be Free Speech Is Not Enough, but I’m thinking about it. Can the world really be ready for a “Not Enough” series? Or should this idea be Left Behind? (Classical reference there. . .) Conservatives are making a big strategic mistake to repair behind the principle of free speech in response to the kind of suppression of speech we’ve seen like Charles Murray at »

The Meaning of Murray at Middlebury

Featured image The shameful episode involving Charles Murray at Middlebury sends me back to several things. First, The Bell Curve itself, which virtually none of Murray’s critics have bothered to read—certainly not the six-figure-salary hacks at the direct-mail-hysteria-dependent Southern Poverty Law Center who call Charles a “white nationalist,” ignorant that he is the father of mixed-race children, which rather disqualifies him for the white supremacy club I should think. Charles answered the »

More Campus Violence: Where Are The Cops?

Featured image A shocking incident at Middlebury, where left-wing students assaulted and injured a professor Middlebury College Professor Allison Stanger was injured by protesters Thursday evening as she was escorting a controversial speaker from campus. She was treated at Porter Hospital and released. Charles Murray, a political scientist who has been criticized for his views on race and intelligence, was invited to speak on campus by a student group. He was greeted »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: It’s Whitey’s Fault—Again

Featured image One of the main argument of a certain new book that you may have heard about is that the idea of statesmanship has been abandoned in favor of “leadership studies,” which tend to be content-free when not downright stupid. Needless to say, there is an academic journal simply titled Leadership that describes its purpose thus: Leadership is an international, peer-reviewed journal designed to provide an ongoing forum for academic researchers to »