• Discrimination and Segregation

    I was invited, along with several other American professors, to deliver lectures at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1979. Pieter Willem Botha was the prime minister, and apartheid, though becoming a bit relaxed, was the law of the land.

  • Hillary’s Red Army March of Tax-Hike Destruction

    You’ve got to hand it to Team Hillary Clinton. Its message discipline is awesome — at least in terms of taxes. It reminds me of the orderly march of the Chinese Red Army on the way to battle.

  • Unorthodox Thoughts About the Unorthodox Debate

    I realize my biases probably keep me from assessing debates as objectively as some, but I still must dissent a bit from the conventional wisdom on Monday’s Trump-Clinton contest.

  • Trump Right on Trade Predators

    Is America still a serious nation?

  • What the Debate Tells About How Candidates Would Govern

    You’ve heard and read by now lots of spin and speculation about who won and where the polls are going to move after Monday’s presidential debate.

  • How to Avoid Immigration, Terrorism, And Health Care For 90 Minutes

    At least we know Trump wasn’t lying when he said he didn’t practice for the debate.

  • Donald Trump’s Misses Opportunities

    As he prepared for the crucial first presidential debate, Donald Trump knew moderator Lester Holt would bring up the birther issue. He knew Holt would raise Trump’s tax returns. And his old position on the Iraq war. None are among the voters’ top concerns, but it was eminently predictable that they would be part of the debate — not least because if Holt had not brought them up, Hillary Clinton would have.

  • Transgenderism Can Be Helpful

    North Carolina’s legislative body passed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which mandates a statewide policy banning individuals from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex, as opposed to their opinion of their sex.

  • The Debate I Heard

    Something’s wrong with me. I watched Monday’s presidential debate. But what I heard was different from what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton seemed to say.

  • Hillary, Interrupted

    Whatever happened to “I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar”? Whither “Girl Power”? When did Rosie the Riveter’s “We Can Do It!” give way to Hillary the Haranguer’s “We Can’t Handle It”?

  • Clinton and Obama, First Heal Yourselves on Race

    Hillary Clinton is the worst kind of political animal, one who will exploit anything for political gain, distort facts and shift her positions at will for votes, significantly more than your garden-variety pandering politician.

  • Is Charlotte Our Future?

    Celebrating the racial diversity of the Charlotte protesters last week, William Barber II, chairman of the North Carolina NAACP, proudly proclaimed, “This is what democracy looks like.”

  • Domestic Migration (Mostly) Explains a Generation of Partisan Changes

    Let’s step back, as we approach the first presidential debate of the 2016 campaign, and look back to try to understand how voting patterns have changed over a generation, by comparing the 2012 presidential results with those of 1988 — keeping in mind possible shifts since 2012 suggested by 2016 polling.

  • What Happens to the Democratic Party if Clinton Loses?

    There’s been lots of speculation about the fate of the Republican Party if (as most of the prognosticators expect and hope) Donald Trump loses. There’s been less speculation, though recent polling suggests it may be in order, about the fate of the Democratic Party if Hillary Clinton loses.

  • Trump Busts Muslim Protection Racket

    Forty minutes after the explosion in Chelsea Saturday night, Donald Trump told a crowd in Colorado that a bomb had gone off in New York and said, “We better get very tough, folks. We better get very, very tough.”

  • Addressing Terror, Clinton Plays It Safe, Trump Promises Bold Change

    The terrorist bombings in New York and New Jersey, which injured 29, and the terrorist stabbings in Minnesota, which injured nine, were nowhere near as serious as the terrorist shootings in Orlando, which killed 49, and in San Bernardino, which killed 14. Nevertheless, the acts of accused bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami, and of Dahir Adan, the stabber whose rampage was ended by an off-duty police officer in Minnesota, brought the issue of terrorism back to the presidential campaign trail.

  • Cruelty to Black Students

    Last year’s college news was about demands for safe spaces, trigger warnings and bans on insensitivity. This year’s college news is about black student demands for segregated campus housing and other racially segregated campus spaces and programs.

  • Supreme Court Picks

    When America’s founders talked about rights, they had something else in mind.

  • Our Political Predicament

    There is no point denying or sugar-coating the plain fact that the voters this election year face a choice between two of the worst candidates in living memory.

  • Hey, UN Corruptocrats: Spare Us Refugee Sanctimony

    Another United Nations summit in New York. Another finger-wagging extravaganza.