Stanford accepts $58 million in Chinese cash while pushing global human rights

At a San Francisco gala in March 2014, Stanford University President John Hennessy accepted an award for the school’s “Advancement in U.S.-China Relations.” The award was granted by the Committee of 100, a group of Chinese Americans in business, government, academia and the arts, and the school boasted about it on its website. Stanford began … Read more Stanford accepts $58 million in Chinese cash while pushing global human rights

The Big Lie

They were fuelled, from the beginning, by the Big Lie. It is buttressed in a cloud of lesser lies. It comes as no surprise to me, that almost every leftward cause célèbre turns out to be a hoax. George Orwell gave as good an account of this, as any soi-disant “conservative.” At his best, he … Read more The Big Lie

5 Ways You Can Fight Back In The Cultural Civil War

Last week I wrote about how we’re in a cultural civil war and it’s time for conservatives—and really, anyone who’s not on board with the radical anti-American agenda of Black Lives Matter and the rest of the woke left—to fight back. But how? I was light on specifics, and subsequently heard from a number of … Read more 5 Ways You Can Fight Back In The Cultural Civil War

The ‘Diversity’ Trap

A shallow, reductive version of diversity that first gained a foothold in progressive political spaces has rapidly spread across American institutions and the corporate world. It values skin color and other inherited characteristics above all else, largely ignores class issues, and overlooks the benefits of real diversity, like the anti-fragile resilience created by fostering people … Read more The ‘Diversity’ Trap

Undue deference: Roe and Casey were both indefensible and deserve no respect

At the heart of the Left’s culture war is the right to invent one’s own Constitution, of standing, of the universe, and of the value of innocent human lives. Five Supreme Court justices on Monday struck down a Louisiana regulation of abortion businesses as unconstitutional, without really citing the Constitution at all. Instead, the ruling … Read more Undue deference: Roe and Casey were both indefensible and deserve no respect

‘Cancel culture’ grows increasingly cruel

THE RACIAL JACOBINS haven’t eased up in their post-George Floyd ferocity; if anything they are growing more indiscriminate in their determination to enforce political conformity and to punish anything they regard as thoughtcrime. Their targets haven’t been limited to statues of American heroes, editors of prominent newspapers, or professors at leading universities. The toll of … Read more ‘Cancel culture’ grows increasingly cruel

The triumph of Dullness

A platitude, widely circulated in my youth, held that “ideas have consequences.” It is true, after a fashion. It is especially true of stupid ideas. Already, half a century ago, in the universities I was determined to avoid (except their libraries, and interesting professors), it seemed to me that “Dullness” reigned. This is the goddess … Read more The triumph of Dullness

Why Facts Don’t Matter to People

If you’re wondering why so many people don’t see the world the way you do, engage them in conversation. You will find they are as well-intentioned as you are, but they are looking in a different direction. Beneath their opinions and fears, beliefs are shaping how they see the world. Because of different beliefs, your … Read more Why Facts Don’t Matter to People

Black Lives Matter are pushing division, not unity

In London, black people constitute only 13 per cent of the population but almost half of murder victims and suspects are black, according to figures obtained by Sky News. In Africa, millions face starvation as the pandemic exacerbates an already grave food crisis. In China, at the height of the pandemic, African students were barred … Read more Black Lives Matter are pushing division, not unity

Here Come the Bourgeoisie Bolsheviks

As with the Weather Underground, America’s privileged are now lashing out at their own self-loathing. . . . But who are these cultural revolutionaries? The conventional wisdom goes that this is the inner-cities erupting, economically disadvantaged victims of racism enraged over the murder of George Floyd. The reality is something more…bourgeoisie. As Kevin Williamson observed … Read more Here Come the Bourgeoisie Bolsheviks

Bill Barr Tears the Seamless Garment

Executing child murderers does not make Bill Barr any less pro-life. Catholics, says Attorney General William Barr, “understand that only by transforming ourselves can we transform the world beyond ourselves.” Saccharine? Perhaps. But this remark from Barr’s now-infamous Notre Dame speech summarizes the faith of a man whose public Catholicism has for decades emphasized both … Read more Bill Barr Tears the Seamless Garment

The Woke Tech Giants Teach Us How To Deal With Systemic Racism

Essentially every form of discrimination on the basis of race in economic matters has been banned by law in the United States since at least the 1960s. That’s sufficiently long ago that the number of people old enough to have living memory of the days when racial discrimination was legally tolerated is rapidly diminishing. Today, … Read more The Woke Tech Giants Teach Us How To Deal With Systemic Racism

Bizarro World

Politically correct etiquette sets boundaries around social class, constantly diminishing the supply of respectable people by casting out delinquents. For urban professionals, the precarity of living on the precipice of cancellation is the price of erecting barriers to entry around their institutions and social spheres. It is no coincidence that the new standards of etiquette … Read more Bizarro World

Everything Beautiful, Abortion Destroys: Mother Teresa in 1985, 35 Years Ago

Will we do everything in our power not to destroy life? Will we love? Will we be loved? Mother Teresa put these kinds of questions 35 years ago this weekend to the National Right to Life convention. Help mothers, whomever they may be, wherever they may be. And if they don’t want their children, “Mother … Read more Everything Beautiful, Abortion Destroys: Mother Teresa in 1985, 35 Years Ago

This has become a neo-Maoist war on the past

Britain is in the throes of a Cultural Revolution. Statues are being tumbled, past art erased, people cancelled. Wide-eyed Woke Guards, heirs to Maoist-style intolerance, are compiling lists of monuments to target and individuals to humiliate. They are remorseless. Nothing old that runs counter to their newthink can be tolerated. Tear it all down. The … Read more This has become a neo-Maoist war on the past

The White-Guilt Cult

It’s been coming for some time, this transmutation of white guilt into a cult, a religion that borrows from and intersects with Christianity but substitutes its own liturgy. In the Nineties, liberal white Hollywood filmmakers began to nourish a fantasy that black people were imbued with magical powers, and they built stories around angelic or … Read more The White-Guilt Cult

How the Drug War Broke Policing

During our national conversation on police and criminal justice, there will be many reforms proposed that will help increase police accountability and encourage better behavior. We should absolutely reform unions, abolish qualified immunity, and address how police are investigated after excessive force is used. But it is also important that we look to one of … Read more How the Drug War Broke Policing

The Revolution Comforts the Comfortable

The class war in our country isn’t a matter of the poor vs. the rich; it’s a matter of business class vs. first class, E-Class vs. S-Class. Where the Left goes, squalor follows. The scene in militia-occupied Seattle is entirely familiar, the same kind of theatrical filth that has been a part of American counterculture … Read more The Revolution Comforts the Comfortable

Free Speech and Its Present Crisis

Madison believed that the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment were the source “for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity, over error and oppression.” Even so, the new nation experienced backslides into censorship from the very beginning. The Alien and Sedition Acts were passed in 1798, and mobs gathered to … Read more Free Speech and Its Present Crisis

John Cochrane Rightly Objects to the Mobthink of Krugman, Wolfers, Yellen, and Other Economists

These times, it is already trite to observe, are sad and dangerous, filled as they are with roving bands of rabid “Twitter Robespierres.” Liberalism – true liberalism – is rejected, in deed if not always in word, by many who once called themselves “liberal.” Humanity’s brutality, we see again, is never far from the surface … Read more John Cochrane Rightly Objects to the Mobthink of Krugman, Wolfers, Yellen, and Other Economists

Class, Not Race, Divides America

The next time we hear a lecture about caring from a woke Yale professor, or a sermon on systematic racism from a CEO, or more Hollywood confessional video drivel, we should pause and politely ask, “But where do your children go to school? And why do you live where you live? And dine with whom … Read more Class, Not Race, Divides America

These Aren’t Protests, They’re Religious Ceremonies

Welcome to the liturgical woke, which eerily feels like off-brand Christianity. . . . At a park in New York City, I witnessed something odd. A group of women silently formed a circle in the middle of a large lawn. Their all-black outfits contrasted with the surrounding summer pastels, and they ignored the adjacent sun … Read more These Aren’t Protests, They’re Religious Ceremonies

UC Berkeley History Professor’s Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy

I am increasingly alarmed by the absence of diversity of opinion on the topic of the recent protests and our community response to them. In the extended links and resources you provided, I could not find a single instance of substantial counter-argument or alternative narrative to explain the under-representation of black individuals in academia or … Read more UC Berkeley History Professor’s Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy

The Confederate-Monument Controversy Is a Democrat-vs-Democrat Question

How should we think about those Confederate statues and those Confederate names on U.S. military bases? If I were a Republican, I might be very strongly tempted to just sit this one out: If some Democrats want to pull down statues of other Democrats, then that’s a mess in the Democrats’ house. The Republicans might … Read more The Confederate-Monument Controversy Is a Democrat-vs-Democrat Question

Why Can’t Big-City Democrats Reform the Police?

The death of George Floyd, an African-American, at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer has sparked weeks of urban protests—some marked by looting and violence—across the United States. It has also brought fierce condemnations of President Donald Trump. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio partly blamed the president for the unrest, noting … Read more Why Can’t Big-City Democrats Reform the Police?