In his “Theses on Feuerbach,” the young Karl Marx proclaimed, “[P]hilosophers have only hitherto interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it” (emphasis in original). The mission statements of several preeminent colleges and universities in the United States follow suit, an analyst noted.
Peter Berkowitz, the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, chair of the Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law, and cochair of the the Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society, notes, on Wall Street Journal TV, that public colleges are legally obligated to keep the classrooms free of politics and that classrooms should be places where students are free to explore ideas.
Human Rights attorney Scott Horton debated Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Peter Berkowitz on human rights and the rules of warfare in a debate organized by the Pomona Student Union on Mar. 4 at 7 p.m. in Edmunds Ballroom. . . .
Americans enjoy unprecedented freedom and equality...
Everyone knows that we live in a secular age...
Yesterday, the Heritage Foundation, in conjunction with the Hoover Institution, hosted an event with this blunt title: “Identity Politics Is a Threat to Society: Is There Anything We Can Do About It At This Point?” The panel consisted my friends John Fonte and Peter Berkowitz; my hero Heather Mac Donald; our long-time blog nemesis Andrew Sullivan; and Michael Lind, an original thinker whose book about the Vietnam War was the subject of the first post I ever wrote on Power Line, more than 16 years ago.
Thirty years after the phrase came into vogue, the culture wars are alive and well—and more heated and complex than ever. A comprehensive peace is not in the cards.
“In the spring of 2002, a year before the invasion of Iraq, I was at the peak of my profession,” Judith Miller writes in the prologue to “The Story: A Reporter's Journey,” her compelling account of her life in journalism.
The good news is that on January 6, the University of Chicago published the “Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression.” Chaired by law professor Geoffrey R. Stone and consisting of six other professors, the committee forcefully affirmed the centrality to the university’s mission of the principles of free speech. The bad news is that the good news is news at all.
It is a commonplace belief that contemporary life's dizzying pace of change and its rapid multiplication of choices have fragmented American culture. The conflict between religion and secularism is only the most longstanding and obvious division.
What have people meant across the generations when they say, "I believe in America"?
During his meteoric rise to the White House, President Obama was touted as a pragmatist -- one who overcomes ideology, transcends partisanship, and focuses on the practical and doable. The stunning repudiation of the president’s leadership on Nov. 4 exhibits the poverty of his brand of pragmatism.
Conservatives have enjoyed quite a comeback since the winter of 2009. But the inherent tension in the conservative imperative to blend liberty and tradition ensures that their path forward will be anything but certain.
Hezbollah still holds power despite losing the election. . . .
A willingness to seek political negotiations with the Palestinians is a departure for Israel's prime minister. . . .
In 2008, while campaigning for president in Powder Springs, Ga., then-Senator Barack Obama asserted, “We should have every child speaking more than one language.”
What will be the condition of the Jewish community 50 years from now?
Colleges and universities honor free inquiry in theory, but not always in fact. How to keep higher education true to its values.
Free speech defends our other freedoms and offends would-be autocrats. It’s time to revive this bedrock American principle.