Phi Beta Cons

The Vast Divide, Cont.

Anne Neal makes the point that the Solomon tiff was an examplar of the great divide between rebel-for-rebellion’s sake academics and the rest of us, and quoted one Harvard professor’s hilarious accusation that Harvard students are too “eager to prosper.” The quote that, for me, cemented the divide, was printed several weeks ago.

When The New York Times Magazine profiled former Taliban propagandist Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi on February 26–seemingly entirely unaware that his admission to Yale, let alone his stateside presence, might be controversial–the piece ended with this quote from the terror apologist himself: “In some ways I’m the luckiest person in the world. I could have ended up in Guant

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Ivy-League Schools Wither

A  number of liberal bastions are daily being hammered — especially the elite university and Silicon Valley. A Yale and a Stanford, or Facebook and Google, assume — for the most part rightly — that each is so loudly progressive that the public, federal and state regulators, and politicians would of ... Read More

Weirdo O’Rourke

Friends of the young Bill Clinton and Barack Obama spoke of the special glow of promise they had about them, even back in their early twenties. Angels sat on their shoulders. History gave them a wink and said, “Hey, good lookin’, I’ll be back to pick you up later.” Robert O’Rourke? Not so much. He ... Read More

One More Profile of Beto, Because America Needs It

Somewhere in Texas, filed on the fly by a glossy-magazine correspondent, and totally not as a parody written by Jim Geraghty -- “It’s all about vision,” Beto O’Rourke tells me, standing tall upon the Texas prairie, or brush, or whatever this high hilltop area is supposed to be called. We’re watching the ... Read More