An unorthodox journal studying the virtues & vices of the American higher education establishment.

Winter 2019

The special feature for this issue is dedicated to making a variety of much needed "Distinctions." Essays by Gene Dattel, John Staddon, Russell Nieli, John Zmirak, Arthur Versluis, David L. Tubbs, Robert Koons, David Randall, Wilfred Reilly, and others.

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January 2, 2020

Intersectionalism: A Weaponized Parody of Christianity

John Zmirak

Modern social theories like Social Darwinism, eugenics, Nazism, and (Peter Singer’s) Utilitarian Hedonism, begin by rejecting Christian ethics, insisting that these standards are neither self-evident nor desirable. Intersectionalism, by contras...

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January 2, 2020

College Admissions Ride the Equality Roundabout

John Staddon

America’s institutions of higher education face an intractable problem: excellence and equality—the two principles college admissions offices are ostensibly committed to—are mutually incompatible. Replacing merit-based criteria with...

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January 2, 2020

Separatism vs. Integration: Can Separate Ever Be Equal?

Gene Dattel

In the first article for our Distinctions feature, Gene Dattell explains how the integrationist goals of the postbellum civil rights movement, emblematized by the effort to integrate schools, has mutated into the racial separatism we are no...

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May 30, 2018


The Case for Colonialism

From the summer issue of Academic Questions, we reprint the controversial article, "The Case for Colonialism." ...

March 29, 2017


The Pseudo-Science of Microaggressions

In the Spring 2017 Academic Questions (vol. 30, no. 1), Althea Nagai debates the credibility of microaggressions, suggesting that higher education has blindly accepted their d...