By Jonathan Bean | Wednesday June 25, 2014 at 5:25 PM PST | Comments Off on 50 Years of Mischief: The Triumph and Trashing of the Civil Rights Act
The Civil Rights Act was not a perfect law—no law is perfect–but it did embody two principles of the long civil rights movement: First, the individual (not the group) is the measure of justice. Secondly, nondiscrimination is mandatory for the government and worth pursuing in our private lives. If policymakers had enforced the Civil Rights Act in good faith, time might have eroded the tendency to view others as members of a group, rather than as individuals.
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By David J. Theroux | Saturday June 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM PST | 35 Comments
In his latest column for the New York Times, “Our Lefty Military,” the iconic “liberal” commentator Nicholas D. Kristof has now come clean on the reality of his own collectivist views that military means and organization embody the “liberal ethos” (“progressivism”), an admission that liberals rarely face up to. While numerous liberal and conservative...
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By Jonathan Bean | Wednesday November 11, 2009 at 11:19 AM PST | 3 Comments
In the current issue of Books & Culture, Professor Paul Harvey (not to be confused with the late radio icon) takes aim at my “imagined” (read: invented) tradition of classical liberalism on race. You can read his full review here. Harvey concedes that Race and Liberty in America rediscovers “understudied authors.” Then he quickly...
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By Jonathan Bean | Monday July 6, 2009 at 1:39 PM PST | 0 Comments
Over at National Review Online, I have a column entitled “The Party of Lincoln, and of Douglass: Rediscovering Frederick Douglass in the Age of Obama.” It begins by explaining the importance—and misunderstood nature—of Douglass’s Fourth of July Oration (1852). Historians treat it as a denunciation of America, pure and simple. In fact, the oration...
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By David Beito | Sunday June 28, 2009 at 11:58 AM PST | 2 Comments
This is the first in a series of photos relating to my book (co-authored by Linda Royster Beito), Black Maverick: T.R.M. Howard Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009). The book is about the civil rights leader, self-help champion, entrepreneur, and surgeon, T.R.M. Howard. Pictured at right is...
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Tags: Black Maverick, Books, Business, civil rights, Personal Liberty, Race and Liberty in America, Racism, Self-help, T.R.M. Howard