Peter Berkowitz on Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life by Anthony T. Kronman
As administrators foist ‘social justice’ on 4,000 suburban students, parents plead for balance.
Few top colleges explain their purpose to students. They want to talk gender and inequality instead.
The Supreme Court will soon announce its decisions on two cases that are being called the most important for affirmative action in a quarter century. These cases both challenge the use of racial preferences in the admissions policies at the University of Michigan. On one side of the legal dispute over the Michigan policies are those who argue that creating racial diversity on college campuses is a "compelling interest" that justifies the use of certain types of racial preferences in the admissions process. On the other side are those who argue that any system that rewards people solely on the basis of race is unconstitutional. Who's right? And how will the Supreme Court's decision affect the future of affirmation action?
How is Mexican immigration changing the United States in the twenty-first century? In the past several decades, the United States has seen an explosion in the number of Hispanic immigrants to this country, most of them from Mexico. And most of them go to California. Today nearly half of all Californians are immigrants or the children of immigrants—most of them coming originally from Mexico. What is the economic and social impact of this influx on California, and what does it bode for the rest of the country? What makes Mexican immigration different than immigration from other countries? And what, if anything, should we do about it?
In June 2003, a European constitutional convention presented the fruits of 18 months of work: a draft constitution for the European Union that runs to more than 200 pages. Why does the European Union even need a constitution? Will the constitution limit the powers of the EU over the member countries, or does it mean the creation of a European superstate? Should the constitution be ratified, or is it just a colossal mistake?
Is democracy possible in the Arab Middle East? Peter Berkowitz travels to Kuwait to find out.
France may have a case for banning the burqa. By Peter Berkowitz.
Professors have a professional interest in—indeed a professional duty to uphold—liberty of thought and discussion...
Civics education must not be indoctrination, but it also must not be overlooked. By Peter Berkowitz.
Women in Kuwait have made significant advances in their pursuit of civil rights. Could Kuwait become a model for other Arab states? By Hoover fellow Peter Berkowitz.
Tom Wolfe’s latest novel, Back to Blood, is a portrait of present-day culture—sprawling, lurid, hilarious, repellent, compelling: “More than anything else, I just love all these people.” An interview with Peter Robinson.
In conversation with Peter Robinson, Shelby Steele explores Barack Obama’s candidacy — and his character — in light of the two strategies that African Americans have traditionally used for dealing with life in the white American mainstream: bargaining and challenging...
Two years ago in my Standard column "Bucking the deans at Dartmouth," I placed the trustee election in which Peter Robinson and Todd Zywicki were running in the context of William F. Buckley's historic contribution to the conservative cause...
Why can’t Obama win?
Why Abraham Lincoln matters—even now. By Shelby Steele.
Hoover Institution’s Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow Thomas Sowell discusses his new book, Discrimination and Disparities.
Today on Uncommon Knowledge, part four of a 1998 interview with Christopher Hitchens and Bill Buckley. The topic of the day – the Civil Rights Act of 1964.