Leftism

Rockefeller Brothers Fund supports Israel boycott

Featured image The Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) commands $842 million in assets. The Rockefeller name, coupled with RBF’s financial clout, make this institution a pillar of American philanthropy. Thus, it’s disappointing, though perhaps not altogether surprising, to learn that RBF is a substantial contributor to the boycott Israel movement. According to this superb article by Armin Rosen in Tablet, since 2013, RBF has contributed at least $880,000 to groups working to advance »

The Sharks Are Going on Strike

Featured image I made a burrito for lunch today, because I wanted to commit a gross act of cultural appropriation. Have you heard the latest out of Portlandia? The appropriately named Kooks Burritos was forced out of business after being attacked for white supremacy because these kooky burritos were being made and sold by white women. Seriously. The Portland Mercury, whose title may explain its mindset because only something like lead or »

Freakout at an Alexandria gym

Featured image Last week at an Alexandria, Virginia fitness club, leftist Georgetown professor Christine Fair harassed a fellow club member, white nationalist Richard Spencer. Fair was forced to leave the gym. Spencer was later kicked out of the club. The Washington Post’s account of the affair is here. You can watch Spencer give his account here. In terms of the facts, the two accounts are largely in accord. Spencer was working out »

Getting Out of Your Parents’ Basement: How Liberal Policies Hurt Young People

Featured image The organization I run, Center of the American Experiment, has just released a funny video that, in just over two minutes, explains why liberal policies are bad for young people. It takes the form of a video game with commentary, and is titled “Parents’ Basement.” Here it is: Created by our friends at Madison McQueen. »

Robert Spencer Poisoned In Iceland

Featured image I had been scheduled to attend an event tomorrow night with Robert Spencer, a prominent anti-jihadist, who was to be in Iceland until shortly before his visit to Minnesota. I got word that the event was canceled because Spencer had fallen ill, and then learned that he had, in fact, been poisoned. Spencer describes what happened at PJ Media: After I spoke last Thursday in the beautiful nation of Iceland, »

It’s Official: On Trump’s Travel Order, the Left Is Bonkers

Featured image We wrote here about an ACLU lawyer arguing one of the Trump travel moratorium cases in the 4th Circuit who said that the president’s order “could be constitutional” if only it had been issued by the rightful president, Hillary Clinton. As a matter of constitutional law–or law, period–that is idiotic. But it wasn’t just a slip of the tongue by an incompetent lawyer. Today, arguing in the 9th Circuit Court »

Freakout at Howard University

Featured image Howard University, the “historically black” college in Washington, D.C., held its commencement this weekend. California Senator Kamala Harris, a Howard grad, delivered the address. Sen. Harris told the graduates: You are graduating into a very different time than it was when you arrived a few short years ago. We have a fight ahead. It’s a fight to determine what kind of country we will be. And it’s a fight to »

Michael Barone lampoons “cultural appropriation”

Featured image The concept of “cultural appropriation” is not the most pernicious of the current left-wing dogmas, but I consider it the most ridiculous. Cultural appropriation is defined by Wikipedia as “the adoption or use of the elements of one culture by members of another culture.” Another description for that phenomenon is world history. It’s the most natural thing in the world for members of one culture to “appropriate” from other cultures »

Dartmouth’s idea of “broadening the ranks”

Featured image Dartmouth College sends to alumni a publication called “Dartmouth Life.” The current issue introduces the teachers-scholars who joined the faculty this academic year. The article is called “New Faculty Broaden the Ranks.” The article allows each new faculty member briefly to summarize his or her area of academic interest. The hard science and math professors provided write-ups in line with traditional notions of what’s important in these fields. I discerned »

Late-Night Hate, Colbert Edition

Featured image I have never seen Stephen Colbert perform. From what I have read about his act, I don’t think I have missed out on a lot of laughs. It seems remarkable that someone who has nothing to offer but crazed, over-the-top hate can maintain an audience on television. Last night Colbert went around the bend: Colbert’s 12 minute monologue (!) began by addressing Trump’s rally in Pennsylvania over the weekend and »

Linda Cohn: Political slant has hurt ESPN

Featured image Linda Cohn regularly “anchors” ESPN’s SportsCenter show. I haven’t watched SportsCenter in many years, so I hold no opinion about her as an anchor. But having been an ESPN stalwart for almost 25 years, Cohn probably has a good sense of her audience. Thus, her views on the network’s woes are worth considering. Cohn expressed her views shortly after ESPN’s mass layoff last week. She cited the loss of cable »

Democrats vs. Free Speech

Featured image It’s happening all across the country, not just at bastions of photo-fascism like Berkeley and Middlebury. The University of Arkansas one of many recent instances. Wherever Democrats predominate, they enforce orthodoxy. I seriously believe they would shut us all up, if they could get away with it. The way Michael Ramirez portrays Berkeley goes for the entire Left. Click to enlarge: “Now I can sit down, relax, and burn a »

The suppression of Jewish voices at Tufts and Pitzer [UPDATED]

Featured image Anti-Israel groups on college campuses have come up with a new tactic in their effort to pass BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) resolutions. They are manipulating the voting to exclude Jews from the process. At Tufts, a group called Students for Justice in Palestine decided to place an anti-Israel divestment resolution on the school senate’s agenda on the evening before the Jewish holiday of Passover, at a time when many Jewish »

Eco-Terrorism In Alabama?

Featured image This story hasn’t gotten anywhere near enough attention. Dr. John Christy and Dr. Roy Spencer are eminent climate scientists. They are realists who have done much to demolish the hysterical claims of the politically- and financially-motivated climate alarmists. Both Dr. Christy and Dr. Spencer teach at the University of Alabama Huntsville, where there was a left-wing “march for science” last Saturday. The march passed near by the National Space Science »

ESPN’s radical chic

Featured image With its recent round of layoffs, ESPN has largely ceased serious coverage of hockey. Apparently it regards covering the fourth most popular sport in the U.S. as a frill. But in ESPN’s eyes, not all frills are created equal. Hence, its new site for woman ESPNW, recently ran a feature called ““Five Poets on the New Feminism.” The “world wide leader in sports” doesn’t have much time for ice hockey »

Portland Is Stupid, Too

Featured image Steve writes below that “Portlandia” is the city of the petty, bankrupt, vindictive left. That’s true. It is also stupid. This report comes from the gonzo-left TruthOut: “Under Activist Pressure, Portland Agrees to End All Corporate Investments.” In a sweeping move that follows a wave of divestment activism in Portland, Oregon, and across the country, the Portland City Council voted last week to pull all of the city’s investments in »

At women’s college, a student strike for more money and free therapy succeeds

Featured image Here’s a student protest that makes some sense to me. Resident advisers (RAs) at Scripps College went on strike seeking more dough (and I don’t mean play-doh). Sophie Mann, a junior at Scripps, writing in the Wall Street Journal, reports: In a new twist on student protests, a group of resident advisers at Scripps College went on “strike” last week after issuing a list of demands—mostly for more money. Other »