Politics and Journalists’ Language

Why does journalism continue to fail so completely in its coverage of the outrages of Trump and the new age of American politics? Why does its language continue to provide cover for radical… Continue reading

Who Condescends to Whom?

What’s the difference between the two sides of white America? Can we write off one because we haven’t been able to convince it of our own (white or not) superiority? Because we see… Continue reading

Using Charles Murray to Attack Faculty

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BY AARON BARLOW Charles Murray is a complicated figure. A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), he married into a wealthy Thai family and spent time in the countryside…

Trying to Understand the Other: A Must for Political Recovery

With hindsight, I see that the Conclusion to The Cult of Individualism is unduly optimistic. Even in 2013, however, I did recognize the divide in the United States, the one between an essentially… Continue reading

Politics and Education

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If you want to teach students to think, you have to challenge them—challenge their beliefs and assumptions. Confirming what they (or their parents, or their communities) already believe…

Can We Build a New Jefferson?

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BY AARON BARLOW Teaching the Alien and Sedition Acts to my journalism students the other day, I concentrated on this passage: The vituperative quality of the opposition press…

‘The Great Shame of Our Profession’

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BY AARON BARLOW Kevin Birmingham, who teaches at Harvard as an adjunct, gave a talk last October on accepting the Truman Capote Award. It is reprinted  in The Chronicle…

Woody Who Never Left Us

Woody Guthrie towered over us Baby Boomers. The sticker on his guitar, “This machine kills fascists,” underpinned our idealism and our activism. Our own ‘troubadours,’ the likes of Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs,… Continue reading

The “New Civics” in Action

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BY AARON BARLOW In an opinion piece published by The New York Times, Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, writes: American colleges and universities, public and private, are…

Embracing the “New Civics”

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BY AARON BARLOW Two great failings of the American professoriate are timidity and self-righteousness. Casting about to orient myself in my new calling a decade or so ago,…