Is Our Problem a Lack of Public Virtue?

Are we betraying the Founders?

Age Inversion in American Politics?

Suddenly, old voters are aligning Democrat and young ones Republican.

If Inflation is Down, Why Are Prices Up?

Shockingly, most people aren’t economists.

Trump and Biden Skipped Opening Day Pitches

A century-old tradition has gone by the wayside.

Daniel Kahneman, 1934-2024

The psychologist who won a Nobel in economics is gone at 90.

The Outrage Machine

Punditry, complexity, and democracy.

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Bowling Aloner

If we’re even bowling at all.

Biden and Trump Are Apparently Old

Stop me if you’ve heard this one . . .

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Claudine Gay Resigns as Harvard President

Repeated academic integrity violations led to her forced ouster.

Trump the Supreme Loser

He appointed a third of the Justices but has the worst record before them in modern history.

Henry Kissinger, 1923-2023

The most important and controversial American diplomat of the postwar era is gone at 100.

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Objective Journalism in an Objectively Uneven Contest

What if one of the candidates is Hitler?

Home Schooling Exploding if You Were Taught Math at Home

The innumeracy hurts.

‘From the River to the Sea’

When the obvious is controversial.

Ending Hamas

What does “complete victory” look like?

Breaking the Ukraine Stalemate

Will taking the war to Moscow change Putin’s calculus?

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The Good Old Days

Back when people were kinder and man’s word was his bond.

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‘Affirmative Action for the Rich’ in College Admissions

After other controls are applied, household income is still a huge advantage.

Thinking about the Past

Thoughts after reading Part 2 of the Reuter’s series, “Slavery’s Descendants”

The MAGA Disconnect

They’re angry and yet having a good time.

SCOTUS Ends Affirmative Action

The inevitable has happened. Now for the fallout.

Trump and the Presidential Records Act

A legal defense without merit.

Chotiner Eviscerates Koppel on Kissinger

After giving a softball interview, he apparently expected one in return.

Culture and Our Brains

Our surroundings quite literally change how we see the world.

The Food is Too Damn High

Get me higher than the grocery bill.

Supreme Court Guts Clean Water Act

A 5-4 ruling overturns a unanimous decision from 1985.

China Calling in its Loans to Poor Countries

Debt-trap diplomacy has finally come home to roost.

Scalia Law School is Conservative!

The New York Times looks into ties between a DC area law school and the Supreme Court.

Community Colleges Not Serving the Community

A key pathway to success for low-income citizens isn’t working.

Patricia Schroeder, 1940-2023

The trailblazing Congresswoman is gone at 82.

The Limits of Academic Freedom

UPenn law professor Amy Wax as a test case.

Harvard Extension Fraud

How dare people who paid for a cut-rate degree claim they paid for the good one?

Ivy Ressentiment

Old men still bitter about where they went to college.

Addiction and the Public Health Question

A brief foray into looking at Alabama state policy on fighting addiction.

Supreme Court Clerks and Undergraduate Elitism

Culling for the primary feeder job in American legal system begins in high school.

Students Protest Harvard’s Comaroff Again

Understandable outrage at administrative complicity.

Ending College Degree Requirements

Too many jobs needlessly specify a bachelor’s.

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Colleges Fear Affirmative Action’s Demise

A pending Supreme Court ruling could be more impactful than many realize.

Roman Concrete Healed Itself

Why millenia-old concrete outlasts its modern version.

Clearing Tabs and Making Takes

In case you need some NYD reading.

Republican Leaders Are Killing Their Voters

Republicans are dying at a much higher rate than Democrats.

George Will on UATX (Part II)

Wherein I examine UATX specifically.

George Will on UATX (Part I)

Will discusses a nascent university and in doing so produced a cliched column about higher education.

Banning Trump From Office

The January 6 Committee recommends invoking the Insurrection Clause.

COVID’s Symptoms Have Evolved

The combination of new variants and increased immunity has changed how the disease presents.

Ash Carter, 1954-2022

A brilliant national security leader is gone too soon.

Fetterman and the Politics of Optics

Will voters overlook the elephant in the room?

Legendary Chemist Fired for Being a Hard Grader

A complicated case out of NYU.