Phi Beta Cons

Shut Up and Learn Communism!

What’s the latest fashion statement to hit campus? How about a T-shirt that says, “Be Quiet and Read Marx”? That’s pretty much how East Carolina University history professor Michael Gross summed himself up on his Facebook page earlier this year: “I have now decided upon my summer 2013 attire. It says ‘me,’ and I’m going with it.”

Gross is also worried that political extremists are undermining our democracy — maybe he should take a look in the mirror?

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White House

Breaking Down the Whistleblower Frenzy

The Democrats’ media narrative of impeachment portrays President Trump and his administration as serial law-breakers who, true to form, obstruct all congressional investigations of wrongdoing. This then becomes the analytical framework for every new controversy. There are at least two fundamental problems with ... Read More
Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Defaces Its Façade

The facade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, designed by Richard Morris Hunt in 1902, contains four large niches that might display sculpture but have traditionally been left empty. This was prudent good taste on the Met's part, since sculpture on buildings is a tricky business that few artists in our age of ... Read More
Film & TV

Review: Angel Has Fallen

Scotland is small, as I’ve written before. Before he became a Hollywood A-lister, Gerard Butler studied law at the University of Glasgow with my high-school best friend’s dad. He even lived with her parents for a short while in the 1990s when she was a baby. She likes to tell people that he’s seen her ... Read More