Libertarian

The Libertarian Brown

Esquire magazine recently called Brown “That Maoist collective in Rhode Island.” Bill O’Reilly lambasted both the institution and the administration as “pinheads” and “liberals.” The Princeton Review ranked us as #18 on their list of “Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians.” Yet as I spend more and more time at Brown, the question for me is not “Are they wrong?”, but rather “Just how wrong are they?” Continue reading

Allegiance

To Whom Do We Owe Our Allegiance?

Creating an appropriate topic for an article in any publication is the most daunting part of writing. Inevitably, it takes some degree of invention especially when your focus is not on news, and even if you are simply trying to report the facts, a good reporter learns to write between the lines. This prelude is to act as a disclaimer for the discussion in this piece. It was inspired by an informal debate between several staff members at a recent meeting of our own staff. Take from it what you will. Continue reading

Right Stuff for Rhode Island

Right Stuff for Rhode Island

Might another “Kennedy seat” become “the people’s seat”? Republicans across Rhode Island, as well as plenty outside the state, are praying that will be the case. Their aspirations ride on John Loughlin, whose campaign for the first congressional district many see as a reprise of Scott Brown’s smash insurgency. Continue reading

Fear Not the Radical Professor

Fear Not the Radical Professor

Though it may not have been the intended reaction, I was greatly amused that William F. Buckley, Jr. actually seemed to take his professors so seriously in his classic God and Man at Yale. 

Of course, this book was published before the countercultural movements of the 1960s.  That era and the subsequent generation of academics it produced profoundly changed the dynamics of the University, and I believe it did so for the worse.  I have always been intrigued by professors who claim to embody and perpetuate the spirit of the 1960s counterculture.  Continue reading