Identity Politics

Capitalists: Paying for the Rope to Hang Them

Featured image Lenin famously said that capitalists would sell the rope that Communists would use to hang capitalists. But it turns out his imagination failed him: who knew that capitalists would pay for the rope with which the revolutionary left will kill capitalism. Liberal political analyst Thomas Byrne Edsall, who along with David Shor, Ruy Teixeira, and a handful of other liberals of relative sobriety, notes today in the New York Times »

The horror! Spanish actor plays a Cuban-American

Featured image “Being the Ricardos” is a film about a week in the life of the cast of “I Love Lucy.” With so many sports events cancelled due to the Wuhan coronavirus, I watched this movie on Amazon Prime last week. The plot centers around (1) the marital problems of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and (2) the turmoil stemming from reports that Ball once registered to vote as a Communist. There’s »

The Real War on Women Is From the Left

Featured image Remember how the left not long ago went on and on and on about the supposed “war on women” from the right? The irony is that according to current leftist dogma, women no longer exist. After all, the Biden Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services is insisting in referring to mothers (once understood as a significant subset of beings known as “women”) as “birthing persons,” because current leftist dogma »

First “Latinx,” and Now “BIPOC” Is in Trouble

Featured image As we have seen, the left is in a linguistic crisis as the evidence builds that actual Hispanics in the real world hate the faculty room term “Latinx,” and you can sense that the left is trying to figure out how to abandon the term with a minimum of embarrassment. But wait—there’s more! BIPOC—the term of art that has been around for a while but which really took off with »

A Modest Proposal for the Penn Women’s Swim Team

Featured image One of the big stories in college sports at the moment is Lia Thomas, a trans-woman swimmer who is smashing women’s records as a woman on the Penn women’s swim team after being a second-tier male swimmer last year. It seems many—perhaps most—women on the team aren’t happy about it. OutKick reports: Even after a Wednesday team meeting where a source says Penn administration “strongly advised” its swimmers to avoid »

Elizabeth Warren, Call Your Office

Featured image Cast your mind back to 2014 for a moment, when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper canceled George Will’s column because of this passage: Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, »

Memo to Diversicrats: Here’s Some “Equity” for You

Featured image News just out from Charlotte, North Carolina: Former hospital executive wins a $10 million jury verdict against Novant Health in a reverse discrimination case A federal jury in Charlotte awarded a former top executive with Novant Health Inc. $10 million on Tuesday after he claimed in a lawsuit that he was fired from his job because he is a white male, court records show. David Duvall, who lives in Michigan, »

Regarding Jon Gruden

Featured image Jon Gruden is out as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders because of what he wrote in private emails. The emails are described by the media as “racist,” “homophobic,” and “misogynist.” From what I can tell, the racism consists of making fun of the lip size of the head of the players’ union who is Black. The homophobia consists of calling NFL commissioner Roger Goodell the other “f” word and »

Today in Academic Crazy

Featured image Peter Boghossian is (actually, after today, was) a professor of philosophy at Portland State University, and although he has always considered himself a progressive liberal, he has become completely alienated from our university culture today. His resignation letter to Portland State Provost Susan Jeffords is up at Bari Weiss’s popular Substack channel, and I encourage you to read the whole thing if you have time. I am glad to see »

J.P. Sears on When Leftist Pieties Collide

Featured image You know the line of jokes that begins, “A priest, a rabbi, and an imam walk into a bar. . .” Well, the great J.P. Sears has run with this idea, imaging the intersectional train wreck when advocates for identity politics, critical race theory, and feminism run into each other in the faculty club bar. Enjoy: P.S.: In my experience of hanging around at the Berkeley Faculty Club bar (which »

J.P. Sears Strikes Again

Featured image I’m starting to think that J.P. Sears is just trying to get YouTube to ban him. Just get a load of his latest video, where he takes on transgender athletics. Although he doesn’t ask the question here, why is it that it’s always men transitioning to women who insist on competing in women’s sports, but never—I can’t think of a single case—of a woman who transitioned into a man insisting »

Are Liberals Getting Dumber?

Featured image I know, it is a silly question. But seriously, some news items over the weekend really make me wonder. First up, the New York Times—a former newspaper, as Andrew Klavan likes to remind us—has run an “explainer” about the growing universe of potential personal pronouns. The first expansion took us up to something like 60 or so, but now we have moved on to “neopronouns” (seriously), which takes us way »

Liberalism’s Zero-Sum Racial Spoils System

Featured image Liberals have long believed that economics is a zero-sum process (think back to Lester Thurow’s old book, The Zero-Sum Society): people only get rich by taking from the poor. You see this in liberals’ long-used rhetoric about how income tax cuts, which allow people to keep more of what they earn, are described as “redistributing” wealth. The idea of positive wealth creation seems beyond the grasp of most liberals. Now »

Time to Close Public Schools Forever?

Featured image Roger Scruton liked to say the the core of the contemporary left is a “culture of repudiation,” in which the inheritances of our civilization must be denied and rubbished precisely because it is our civilization, rather than the imaginary one of the left’s making. Harry Jaffa’s explanation of this went as follows: My understanding of Marxist Communism is that—whatever its own understanding of itself—its necessary result is the extinction of »

The “Dr.” will see you now

Featured image Roger Kimball’s is the unmistakable voice of the January New Criterion editorial “The ‘Dr.’ will see you now.” Roger takes snapshots of the episode arising from Joesph Epstein’s Wall Street Journal column on Jill Biden, Ed.D., from a variety of perspectives. Roger arrives at the heart of the matter in his conclusion: It was not an encouraging sign that Northwestern University, in addition to issuing its pronunciamentos about Epstein, should »

Dem Diversity Blues

Featured image Forget Varsity Blues. (Both the movie and the college admissions scandal.) Right now the putative Biden Administration is suffering from what might be called the “diversity blues.” Democrats have brought this upon themselves with their opportunistic embrace of identity politics. This story in the New York Times today reads like the Babylon Bee: Biden Faces Intense Pressure From All Sides as He Seeks Diverse Cabinet The pressure on the Democratic »

This Week in Identity Politics: “I’ll Find Someone the Right Shade of Brown”

Featured image It has happened again: a white woman professor claiming to be a “person of color” has been exposed, this time at Furman University. Inside Higher Education has the story: Another week, another unmasking of a white professor allegedly posing as a person of color: this time it’s Kelly Kean Sharp, a scholar of African American history who resigned abruptly Tuesday from her assistant professorship at Furman University. Like other apparent »