Academic Questions

Spring 2021

Volume 34 Issue 1

February 25, 2021

The Issue at a Glance

The Issue at a Glance, Volume 34, Issue 1.

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February 26, 2021

Letters

Letters to the Editor, Volume 34, Issue 1.

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February 26, 2021

Listening to the Experts

Carol Iannone

Editor's Introduction to Volume 34, Issue 1.

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February 25, 2021

History of Science: Politicizing a Discipline

John E. Staddon

In the first article of our feature critiquing the experts, psychobiologist John Staddon comes to a troubling conclusion. While science earns credibility by submitting evidence to numerous universally...

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February 25, 2021

What is Affirmative Action?

Carl Cohen

Affirmative action, understood as taking concrete steps to right earlier wrongs, is to be honored, says Carl Cohen. But unequal treatment, in the name of affirmative action, cannot be defended. Howeve...

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February 25, 2021

Immigration “Experts” vs. Wage

Steven A. Camarota

Economists and news outlets that perpetuate the myth that mass immigration does not affect wages are doing America’s low-skilled laborers (including immigrants) a great disservice.

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February 25, 2021

The Minjung Millenarianism of Bandy X. Lee

Bruce Gilley

In declaring President Trump mentally unfit to hold public office and a “mass killer,” Yale Psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee violated the American Psychiatric Association’s Principles of Me...

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February 25, 2021

Whiteness and the Great Lie of Diversity

Mark Zunac

The University of Wisconsin’s “Diversity Framework,” begun in 2015, comes complete with the substitution of “cultural competency” requirements for First Amendment rights;...

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February 19, 2021

Economic Development: The Dismal Science

Anthony Daniels

Almost every assumption development specialists have made in advancing foreign aid to the poorest countries in the world has been wrong . . . and often harmful.

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February 25, 2021

Getting Bashar al-Assad Very Wrong

Daniel Pipes

Even in a scholarly discipline regularly upbraided for its ineptitude, Professor of Middle East History at Trinity University in San Antonio David W. Lesch stands out. Among the most rhapsod...

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February 25, 2021

The 1965 Immigration Act: A Little Humility, Please!

Jason Richwine

Experts were wrong to predict that the 1965 Immigration Act would not change the ethnic mix of the U.S. population and “would increase the amount of authorized immigration by only a fraction....

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February 25, 2021

The Few, the Proud, the Profs

Mark Bauerlein

For an academic field so self-consciously preoccupied with intelligence, the humanities don’t seem to be run very intelligently. Humanities fields now account for only around five percent o...

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February 25, 2021

The Mass Incarceration Bogeyman

Barry Latzer

Most criminal justice experts believe the United States is guilty of “mass incarceration,” a system that imprisons more people than deserve to be there or that is good for both the prisone...

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February 25, 2021

Beware the Semmelweis Reflex

Michelle Marder Kamhi

The tendency to reject new information that contradicts prevailing norms has haunted the field of medicine, sometimes with deadly results. It took decades to adopt the practice of hand washing between...

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February 25, 2021

The Parable of the Juggler

Joel Brind

Closing out our experts feature, human biologist Joel Brind cleverly reminds us that some things exist beyond the senses, even if the experts say otherwise.

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February 25, 2021

More Diversity? Talk is Cheap

Noah Carl

White academics who sign petitions and otherwise advocate for more “diversity” can do something that would immediately transform unrepresentative campuses: resign.

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February 22, 2021

From Bologna to Zoom: The Evolution of the University

Glynn Custred

Created in Europe and spread throughout the world with the West’s rise, the university evolved from a guild-like medieval institution bounded by Christian doctrine to a flourishing, free-market...

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February 25, 2021

Citations and Gamed Metrics: Academic Integrity Lost

Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva

Author-based metrics (ABMs) and journal-based metrics (JBMs), as well as citations, are the dominant currency of intellectual recognition in academia. The system, dominated by a few large analytics co...

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February 25, 2021

Poverty and Culture

Lawrence M. Mead

Serious long-term poverty in the United States is more likely to burden those who come from non-Western, collectivist cultures that socialize people to modify behavior in accordance with demands made...

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February 25, 2021

The Meaning of Diversity

Matthew Stewart

Two new books on “diversity” provide Matthew Stewart an opportunity to explore this ubiquitous term, and why its meaning has become “thin, restricted, tendentious and overly politici...

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February 25, 2021

That’s Right, I Said It!

Glynn Custred

A review of Mark Levin's "Unfreedom of the Press."

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February 25, 2021

Not Your Father’s Campus Anymore

Gorman Beauchamp

A review of Robert Boyers' "The Tyranny of Virtue: Identity, the Academy, and the Hunt for Political Heresies."

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February 25, 2021

We’re All Progressives Now

Sidney M. Milkis

A review of Bradley C.S. Watson's "Progressivism: The Strange Career of a Radical Idea."

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February 25, 2021

Bernard Bailyn: An Historian to Learn From

Robert L. Paquette

A review of Bernard Bailyn's "Illuminating History: A Retrospective of Seven Decades."

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February 25, 2021

Down from Liberalism

Michael Walsh

A review of Helen Pluckrose and James A. Lindsay's "Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity–and Why This Harms Everybody....

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February 25, 2021

Five Poems

Catharine Savage Brosman

"The Wolves Are Out," "Clara's Bees," "Bloody Marys," "For a Champion," and "A Note to One Deceased."

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