Graham H. Walker
| Tuesday September 14, 2021 at 4:51 PM PDT
Below you will find the con argument in our debate on Roe v. Wade and Abortion. The pro argument, written by James A. Montanye, can be found here. Are nearly fifty years of precedent enough to insulate the abortion right established in Roe v. Wade from the challenges posed by restrictive new laws in...Read More »
| Friday July 5, 2019 at 11:48 AM PDT
On this Fourth of July, Americans are polarized even on the merits of the nation’s Independence.
| Wednesday February 21, 2018 at 11:43 AM PST
Blight, the Yale historian, is hardly unique in his misrepresentation of the classical liberal tradition.
| Thursday July 27, 2017 at 1:35 PM PDT
Throughout American history, government at all levels has used race to categorize, enslave, segregate, regulate human behavior, and limit immigration with “nationality” quotas that served as substitutes for race. Categorizing by race was essential to racist agendas.
In response, classical liberal civil rights activists struggled to eliminate government-mandated racial categories. They were anything but naive: racism was real, categories or no categories, but the government stamp of approval made things worse–and caused constant mischief in the ever increasing addition of group categories in the census or in immigration statutes. The only feasible solution was the most radical one: the complete elimination of government racial categories. Individuals might discriminate but would no longer have the support of the State. With time, classical liberals felt, the irrationality of racism and xenophobia would give way to better human relations.
| Tuesday October 25, 2016 at 10:04 AM PDT
In the antebellum South, it was not uncommon for slaves to rent themselves from their masters. As a young man, Frederick Douglass did so, for example. His owner gave him leave to go out on his own, to find employment where he could, and to pocket the pay he received for such work, except...Read More »
| Monday March 21, 2016 at 3:33 PM PDT
Advocates of reparations for the descendants of African American slaves recently challenged socialist Bernie Sanders to embrace their cause, which he refused to do. A leading advocate of reparations, Atlantic contributor Ta-Nehisi Coates, criticizes Sanders for placing class-based politics before race. Lost in the unending debate over reparations is a key point: group reparations ignore the...Read More »
Mary L. G. Theroux
| Wednesday February 29, 2012 at 4:43 PM PST
If it’s the case that we study history in order to learn from it, let’s pause to consider the story of 13-year old Jada Williams on this final day of African American History Month. When she was recently assigned to read and write an essay on the autobiography of Frederick Douglass, the message of...Read More »
| Tuesday October 20, 2009 at 1:28 PM PDT
In a recent op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Rush Limbaugh defends his record (“I am not a racist”) and further points out the double standard allowing left-liberals off the hook for statements that are clearly racist. Limbaugh’s defense highlights several problems for libertarians and conservatives: First, playing defense 24/7 is no way to...Read More »
Mary L. G. Theroux
| Monday July 27, 2009 at 12:30 PM PDT
I agree that the Henry Louis Gates arrest incident has been misinterpreted by conservatives: one indeed has the right to security in one’s home, and should not be subject to arrest or harassment therein.
| Monday July 6, 2009 at 1:39 PM PDT
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...Read More »