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September 30, 2020

Identity Politics and the New Culture Wars: Causes and Effects

Matthew Stewart

Two recent books using different methods attempt to address the question most asked by those flummoxed at the illiberal takeover of intellectual life: how did this happen?

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September 30, 2020

An Inconvenient Analysis: Title IX’s Shortcomings

Robert Maranto

A review of The Transformation of Title IX: Regulating Gender Equality in Education, R. Shep Melnick, Brookings Institution Press, 2018, 326 pp., $35.99 paper.

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September 30, 2020

A Culture for All

Daniel Asia

A review of The Ideal of Culture: Essays, Joseph Epstein, Axios, 2018, pp. 572, $17.49 hardcover.

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September 30, 2020

What is Affirmative Action?

Steve Balch

A review of The Affirmative Action Puzzle: A Living History from Reconstruction to Today, Melvin I. Urofsky, Pantheon, 2020, pp. 592, $22.68 hardcover.

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September 30, 2020

A Noble Warrior with Pen in Hand

Donald M. Hassler

A review of The Conversational Enlightenment: the Reconception of Rhetoric in 18th Century Thought, David Randall, Edinburgh University Press, 2019, 297 pp., $29.95 paperback.

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September 30, 2020

Not Very Civic Education

Stephen Baskerville

A review of The Breakdown of Higher Education: How It Happened, the Damage It Does, and What Can Be Done, John M. Ellis, Encounter, 2020, pp. 210, $21.72 hardcover.

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September 30, 2020

Seeking Diversity, Selecting Discrimination

George R. La Noue

A review of Campus Diversity: The Hidden Consensus, John M. Carey, Katherine Clayton, Yusaku Horiuchi, Cambridge University Press, 2020, pp. 274, $29.93 hardcover.

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September 30, 2020

Why Trump?

David Randall

A review of The Age of Entitlement: America Since the 1960s, Christopher Caldwell, Simon and Schuster, 2020, pp. 352, $17.39 hardcover.

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September 30, 2020

Fishing for the First Amendment

Michael Rectenwald

A review of The First: How to Think About Hate Speech, Campus Speech, Religious Speech, Fake News, Post-Truth, and Donald Trump, Stanley Fish, Atria/One Signal Publishers, 2019, pp. 228, $20.99 hardco...

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July 2, 2020

Should Science be More Scientific?

David Randall

There is a correlation between the increase of funding and fraud—financial incentives weaken the barriers of self-discipline and dedication in science. 

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