If We Shut Our Eyes They Can’t See Us

A few weeks ago, I ran across an article in The Atlantic called “Let’s Calm Down about Higher Education,” in which a retired academic attacked higher-education critics for being either irrelevant or politically motivated and devious. The author, John Tierney, so epitomized the cluelessness and dismissive arrogance of the higher education establishment I just had to hit back with this Pope Center article, “The Best of All Possible Worlds.”

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Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
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Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More