Pounding the Table

Many of Trump’s cabinet appointments have elicited howls of outrage, but one that stands out from the pack is that of Betsy DeVos to Education. DeVos was beset upon all sides by the public-education-monopoly apologists, the teachers unions, the knee-jerk...

The Fruits of Ignorance

Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated war movie Dunkirk opened this past weekend. Highly anticipated and stellarly-reviewed, it tells one of the great stories of 20th century history: the rescue of 400,000 British, French and Belgian soldiers from a French beach...

The Decline of Tertiary Education

It has been said that, if one is not a liberal at 25, he has no heart, and if one is not a conservative at 35, he has no brain. The statement’s origins are murky and more than a century old, but, given what we know about how people tend to evolve politically,...

Killing Pride

I caught a recent interview between magician Penn Jillette and libertarian journalist Nick Gillespie (and broke my no-listening rule because I wanted to hear Penn’s thoughts on Trump, given his extensive first-hand contact with him). The interview ranges far and...

Fostering Free Speech

In a refreshingly counter-current move, the University of Chicago sent a letter to incoming freshmen informing them that the University does not do trigger warnings, safe spaces, or the disinvitation of speakers based on content or reputation. In doing so, it declares...