Reign of ignorance

America-Lite: How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered In the Obamacrats) By David Gelernter Encounter, 185 pages Why is the American academy so monolithically left-wing? David Gelernter, himself a tenured professor of computer science at Yale, attempts an answer in his new book America-Lite: How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered In the […]

Tzipi Livni resigns, Newsweek list-compilers hardest hit

The announcement brought a hush to the faculty lounges. In the newsroom of Haaretz, tambourines fell silent; the morning rendition of Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu cut off mid-chorus. Over at the New Israel Fund, filing of petitions to demand the Supreme Court demolish yet another home in Judea and Samaria was put on hold. There […]

Barack Obama, Derrick Bell, and the politics of hugging

Let’s dispense with a few misconceptions, shall we? No, of course it’s not racist to object to the late Professor Derrick Bell’s contributions to critical race theory. It’s not racist to object to the protest – essentially for racial hiring quotas at the Harvard Law faculty – depicted in the video released by Breitbart.com. Nor […]

Beware the ideas of Clooney

MOVIES: George Clooney’s quest to save the world one crappy movie at a time continues. A Spanish horror plays with light and dark with unsettling results. Ed Miliband turns his hand to secret agentry. And we learn that torture can be dull when the instrument is Woody Allen’s pontificating dialogue and much more fun when […]

God, guns, and ghosts

MOVIES: A left-wing porno, secular superstitions, and a scrapyard slasher. Red State Red State is a seedy little porno set in a Middle America that exists solely in the minds of MSNBC producers; an intellectually barren land of churches and gun stores and people who voted for McCain. For people who seldom set foot outside […]

The chutzpah industry

People with ‘#justice’, ‘#humanrights’ and ‘#TeamHamas’ in their Twitter bios are furious right now. It’s not because of the Israeli doctors who in January saved the life of 12-year-old Palestinian girl Aya Almasal after her heart stopped en route from Gaza to Haifa for (free) treatment for a cardiovascular condition. Nor is it Israel’s new […]

Tiresome idealism

The Debt John Madden, 2010 Miramax/Marv Films/Pioneer Pictures USA/UK/Hungary/Israel 113 mins Shark Night 3D David R. Ellis, 2011 Incentive Filmed Entertainment/Next Films/Sierra-Affinity/Silverwood Films USA 90 mins Crazy, Stupid, Love. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, 2011 Carousel Productions USA 118 mins ***** The Debt Liberalism is naiveté convinced of its own sophistication and The Debt, director […]