Get the Government Out Of the Liberal Arts

When North Carolina’s Republican governor Pat McCrory told former U.S. Education Secretary William Bennett that public universities need to better prepare their students for the job market, he set off a bit of a brouhaha within academia. The governor, somewhat crassly, questioned

Lewis Hyde Brings “The Gift” to Swarthmore

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG. Poet, translator

Some Good News On Immigration

The GOP needs to stop hyperventilating about immigration. My most tangible frustration with today’s Republican Party is all the shouting about “illegals” and “amnesty” when we ought to be emphasizing how important newcomers are to a nation of immigrants. Knee-jerk nativism during

Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Stick

Greg Lukianoff’s book “Unlearning Liberty” has generated a lot of recent press. Following a long line of publications wary of higher education’s drift away from classical ideals, Lukianoff is more effective than most. That’s because he calls college administrators on the carpet

Back to Conservative Basics

To argue that November 6 was anything but a major setback for young conservatives would be sophistry. It took some very strong coffee and a full boycott of the Drudge Report to pull myself out of bed last Wednesday. The past four

In Defense of the Electoral College

Our perennial disgust with the Electoral College is underway. In every presidential election but three, the popular vote and state electors have named the same winner. Yet that hasn’t stopped Americans from grousing that the Electoral College is complicated, unfair, and responsible

Spinning the Debate

Last Wednesday, Mitt Romney cantered into Swarthmore College, albeit virtually on CNN. The Swarthmore Democrats, Swarthmore Conservatives, Students for Obama, and other clubs convened for reactions that were certainly rowdier than those at the silent auditorium at the University of Colorado. Besides

Middle East Turmoil: Solidarity is Messy

Two years ago, a number of Swatties braved the February cold, dressed in white and marched across campus in a display of “solidarity” for the Egyptian uprising against then-President-cum-Dictator Hosni Mubarak. These students, like many Americans, hoped freedom, not radical Islam, was

Rendering Swarthmore Politics

One of Swarthmore’s legendary Political Science professors, discussing campus politics last year, reminded me, “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” In other words, when you’re a citizen in this state called Swarthmore,

Inherit the Wind: Obama and the economy

As legend has it, Rip van Winkle woke up from a 20-year snooze to find America had won the Revolutionary War. Colonial portraits of George III were replaced with the humbler George Washington. Flip your storybook forward to 2012. The United States

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