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Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., Editor in Chief and Director, Center for Higher Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation

The New Discrimination on U.S. Campuses

Specialists in the comparative history of race relations have noted the uniqueness of the United States in generating a system of racial categorization based on the so-called one-drop rule.

How American Universities Assassinated the Fourth of July

Congress passed legislation making Independence Day a federal holiday in 1870.  Annual commemorations in towns and municipalities across the country began, however, long before.  During the Early Republic, Fourth-of-July festivities reflected to a great extent the work of private associations.  Bells pealed from the churches; cannons discharged from forts and ships; militiamen escorted honored guests; […]

At College Graduation Ceremonies, Free Speech Loses

Commencement exercises hearken back to the medieval university. They refer to special ceremonies that were designed to confer recognition, often in full public view, on graduates and honored guests in acknowledgment of their accomplishments. When Hamilton College, held its first anniversary commencement in the meeting house of the village of Clinton, New York, in 1815, […]

Employer: “Many of the ‘best universities’ produce the worst employees.”

Inflation refers to a generalized and persistent rise in the prices of goods and services. The quantity of money in circulation increases relative to the amount of existing good and services. As a result, the purchasing power of the dollar declines. Economists distinguish between nominal and real value in assessing inflation’s corrosive effect. Nominal value […]

How Our Universities Breed Intolerance

More than thirty years ago, a sociologist named Donald Warren focused attention on a disaffected segment of American society whose loudest voices he labeled Middle American Radicals (MARs), radical in the sense of trying to get at the root of a problem.  A variety of political pundits rediscovered them in the 1990s in slightly altered […]

MSNBC’s Palin Slur Mirrors Campus Intimidation Tactics

On 9 November, Sarah Palin addressed hundreds of members of the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Des Moines, Iowa, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. During her speech, she expressed concern about the future of personal freedom in United States in the face of its burgeoning multi-trillion dollar indebtedness. “Our free stuff today,” she warned, “is […]