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We Live in the Dystopia Young Adult Fiction Warns Us About

The past few decades have seen a profusion of “young adult” fiction—books written for a teenage audience—which seem to have a peculiar obsession with future dystopias. There’s the one where everything is controlled by the Capitol and teenagers are forced to fight to the death for a televised audience. There’s the one where teens are […]

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The Suicide of Liberalism

The far left, under the banner of Black Lives Matter, is protesting a campus speaker again. Who is it this time? Some neo-Nazi like Richard Spencer? An unscrupulous provocateur like Milo Yiannopoulos? Just a garden variety scary conservative like Ben Shapiro? Nope, it’s the ACLU as represented by Claire Gastañaga, Executive Director of the ACLU […]

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Lighting Fires and Filling Buckets

Policy Ideas for the Age of Automation, Part One: Education Everyone is starting to become concerned that the machines are about to take away all of our jobs—at least, all of the jobs that we do now. Everything is on the chopping block to be automated, from flipping burgers to driving trucks to filing legal […]

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Liberalism Is Dead, Long Live Liberalism

Top Stories of the Year: #5 It’s time to count down the top five stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2016 and reviewing my coverage of them. We’ll start the countdown with #5, a continuation of a long-running story, but one that reached new milestones this year: the ongoing death […]

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Brophobia

Mitch Hall’s recent article in The Federalist about the attempt to force a transgender agenda onto fraternities and sororities provoked a ferocious reaction from some of his fellow students at William & Mary, who attempted to cast him out as an unperson. What really leaped out at me from this response was the following passage, […]

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Harvard’s War on Civil Society

Harvard University just announced new rules intended to force all private clubs on campus to go co-ed, under the guise of fighting sexism and rape culture, or something. Starting with the class that enters Harvard in fall 2017, members of single-sex clubs will be prohibited from holding leadership positions on campus, according to a statement […]

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Campus Totalitarianism Has Arrived

Universities, once supposedly the great centers of American “liberalism,” have spent decades working their way toward becoming totalitarian monocultures in which only one approved set of political opinions is tolerated. And now they have arrived at their goal. Last week at Emory University in Atlanta, an unknown person or persons went around campus late one […]

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Higher Ed’s Time for Choosing

Tim Wolfe, the president of the University of Missouri—known as Mizzou—resigned early today, brought down by…well, it’s kind of hard to say. A helpful timeline of the case indicates that it started with two cases in which black students at Mizzou said they had racial epithets shouted at them, and one in which a swastika […]

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Why Student Loan Rates Should Be Higher

Bernie Sanders has been asking: What is the deal with student loan rates? It makes no sense that students and their parents pay higher interest rates for college than they pay for car loans or housing mortgages. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 15, 2015 Sorry, I can’t resist. Ever since seeing Larry David portray Sanders […]

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Hillary Clinton and the Paradox of Subsidies

Hillary Clinton plans to deal with the higher education bubble by massively inflating it. Her plan for dealing with the runaway rise of college tuition is to throw another $350 billion of taxpayers’ money into that bloated system, and her plan for dealing with the crushing burden of student debt is to make it easier […]

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