Robby Soave
Robby Soave
@reason senior editor. 2016 @forbes 30 Under 30 list. Author of "Panic Attack: Young Radicals in the Age of Trump." Available now: http://bit.ly/2t6lO23Source
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Survey: 59% of Republicans Now Think College Is Bad for America

Survey: 59% of Republicans Now Think College Is Bad for America

Only half of all Americans now have a positive view of colleges and universities, according to from Pew Research. The number of people who take a negative view has increased from 26 percent in 2012 to 38 percent in 2019. The change largely reflects a growing dissatisfaction on the right with the culture of college campuses. The percentage of Republicans who see value in higher education has collapsed in recent years, from 53 percent in 2012 to just 23 percent in 2019. According to Pew: Roughly eight-in-ten Republicans (79%) say professors bringing their political and social views into the...

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August 19, 2019
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Tulane Canceled a Talk by the Author of an Acclaimed Anti-Racism Book After Students Said the Event Was 'Violent'

Tulane Canceled a Talk by the Author of an Acclaimed Anti-Racism Book After Students Said the Event Was 'Violent'

Life of a Klansman: A Family History of White Supremacy is the latest book by Edward Ball, whose award-winning 1998 book Slaves in the Family traces the histories of people enslaved by Ball's own ancestors. In Klansman, Ball tells the story of a racist great-grandfather who joined the Ku Klux Klan.The New York Times as "a haunting tapestry of interwoven stories that inform us not just about our past but about the resentment-bred demons that are all too present in our society today," and the anti-racism scholar Ibram X. Kendi participated in a about it with Ball. Tulane University was slated...

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Museum Curator Resigns After He Is Accused of Racism for Saying He Would Still Collect Art From White Men

Museum Curator Resigns After He Is Accused of Racism for Saying He Would Still Collect Art From White Men

Until last week, Gary Garrels was senior curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). He resigned his position after museum employees circulated a petition that accused him of racism and demanded his immediate ouster."Gary's removal from SFMOMA is non-negotiable," read the . "Considering his lengthy tenure at this institution, we ask just how long have his toxic white supremacist beliefs regarding race and equity directed his position curating the content of the museum?"This accusation—that Garrels' choices as an art curator are guided by white...

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Jul 14
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Matt Boermeester, a USC Football Player Who Was Expelled After an Unfair Title IX Investigation, Wins in Court

Matt Boermeester, a USC Football Player Who Was Expelled After an Unfair Title IX Investigation, Wins in Court

The 2017 expulsion of former University of Southern California (USC) football player Matt Boermeester for intimate partner violence was that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as an argument for revising federal guidance on campus sexual assault adjudication. (DeVos's, which restore some due process protections to students accused of misconduct, will take effect in the fall.)After three years, Boermeester has won an: an appeals court reversed his utterly unjust expulsion in a ruling last week."The California Court of Appeal's decision, finding that USC violated Matt Boermeester's right to...

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Jun 16
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The 1793 Project Unmasked

The 1793 Project Unmasked

Anyone who still doubts that woke progressives can pose a material threat to the pursuit of truth should consider the case of David Shor. A week ago, as protests over the unjust police killing of George Floyd took place in major cities across the country, Shor—a 28-year-old political scientist at the Democratic consulting firm Civic Analytics—tweeted some observations about the successes and failures of various movements. He shared research by Princeton University's Omar Wasow, who has that violent protests often backfire whereas nonviolent protests are far more likely to succeed. The...

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Jun 12
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No, Governor Cuomo, COVID-19 Is Not 'Just a Metaphor'

No, Governor Cuomo, COVID-19 Is Not 'Just a Metaphor'

Democratic National Convention host Eva Longoria introduced Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday night as the man who led New York "with clear direction and memorable powerpoints" during its coronavirus outbreak. Cuomo then spoke for a few minutes about how his state "climbed the impossible mountain, and now we are on the other side."He did not mention that the path to the summit involved the deaths of more than 30,000 New Yorkers—an appallingly high death toll that was likely worsened by Cuomo's executive order to readmit elderly citizens who were sick with the virus. Far from being a beacon of...

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Democratic Primary Voters Decisively Rejected the Media's Favorite Candidates

Democratic Primary Voters Decisively Rejected the Media's Favorite Candidates

As Super Tuesday finally transfigures the Democratic presidential nomination process into a binary choice between two old, occasionally problematic white men whose enduring popularity is consistently underrated by a baffled mainstream press, it's worth reflecting on just how poorly the media's preferred candidates performed in the 2020 race.In the end, The New York Times' dual Democratic presidential endorsements—bestowed upon both Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D–Minn.)—were like : They just didn't matter.Nor did the media's fawning over , early flirtation with , and...

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March 4, 2020
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A Year Ago, the Media Mangled the Covington Catholic Story. What Happened Next Was Even Worse.

A Year Ago, the Media Mangled the Covington Catholic Story. What Happened Next Was Even Worse.

On the weekend of January 18, 2019, a short video appeared on Twitter that purported to show a group of Catholic high school boys—one young man, Nicholas Sandmann, in particular—harassing a Native American elder named Nathan Phillips on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.One year later, the media's reckless mishandling of the story stands as an important warning against the kind of agenda-driven, outrage-mongering clickbait that unfortunately thrives in the world of online journalism.But no less noteworthy was the news cycle that followed the initial flawed coverage, which featured a host of...

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January 21, 2020
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By Canceling Richard Dawkins, the American Humanist Association Has Betrayed Its Values

By Canceling Richard Dawkins, the American Humanist Association Has Betrayed Its Values

Last week, the American Humanist Association (AHA) stripped British author Richard Dawkins of his 1996 Humanist of the Year award after he made a comment on Twitter that offended some in the transgender community. "Regrettably, Richard Dawkins has over the past several years accumulated a history of making statements that use the guise of scientific discourse to demean marginalized groups, an approach antithetical to humanist values," said the AHA. "His latest statement implies that the identities of transgender individuals are fraudulent, while also simultaneously attacking Black identity...

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