- The English-Scottish Border Alasdair McKillop, New Statesman
- How to change the course of history David Graeber, Eurozine
- Universities are destroying freedoms of speech and association Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine
- Soviet Bloc’s environmental catastrophes James Bovard, Explore Freedom
- One-party systems loved by the Left, ignored by Trump Oliver Kamm, CapX
- George W Bush’s Forgotten Crimes Against Democracy James Bovard, the Hill
- Peshawar, Sicily, and the Fatal Conceit of Intervention Peter Miller, Views
- How to Seize the Moral High Ground Wayland Hunter, Liberty Unbound
- The Persistence of Tyranny Ken White, Popehat
- The father of consumer sovereignty Henry Farrell, Crooked Timber
- UK’s Labor (Left-wing) Party and the Custom’s Union Chris Dillow, Stumbling and Mumbling
- Kosher Salt Stefan Kanfer, City Journal
The Weekly Standard recently posted an open letter from a very brave sociology professor at UCLA that’s worth mentioning here. I have just three things to add.
First, the sociologist, a self-identified conservative, is doing the right thing by urging the Bruin Republicans to cancel its proposed speech by a shock jock. The subject? “10 Things I Hate About Mexico.”
Second, as alumni I’m embarrassed. I’ve never been a fan of Bruin Republicans, but aping the tactics of Republican groups at less selective schools is pathetic.
Third, back to the open letter: it’s amazing and you should read it (link, again). Apparently, it was so convincing that the Bruin Republicans cancelled the event. What Rossman does – subtly, clearly, and powerfully – is point out to not only Bruin Republicans but everybody else involved in this fiasco that being politically conservative is not the same thing as being a member of the Republican Party. More importantly, by defending the right to speak while vehemently opposing the subject matter, Rossman makes an excellent case for moving the Republican Party in a more classically liberal direction.
Sticking up for your beliefs is important. Always has been, always will be. The pen is still mightier than the sword.