The Contrarians

Political Coverage The Chronicle of Higher Education
International Coverage Foreign Policy
Best New Publication Democracy

The Chronicle of Higher Education:

  • Most everyone has a theory about why the poor stay poor. Most everyone is wrong. (June 29, 2007)
  • For all their differences, Jim Thorpe and the Duke lacrosse team have something in common. Both are victims of stereotyping. (Oct. 5, 2007)
  • Sure, we should respond to terrorism with calm, tactical rationality. We should also call its perpetrators what they are: scum. (July 20, 2007)
  • There are a few items that journalism students still can’t buy on the Web–reportorial judgment, tenacity, humility, and experience. (May 25, 2007)
  • The frictions that erode democracies are not between civilizations, but within them. (May 18, 2007) Hats off to conservatives’ literary skills–but it’s easy to be entertaining when your ideas are simplistic and illogical. (Feb. 2, 2007)
  • A focus on race and identity distracts us from a greater social injustice: economic stratification. (Dec. 15, 2006)
  • While intelligent design might not hold up to scrutiny, it raises questions that Darwinists shouldn’t dodge or discourage. (Jan. 19, 2007)

Foreign Policy:

  • Noam Chomsky, Hugo Chávez, Nobel Prize winners Harold Pinter and Joseph Stiglitz, and other supporters of Latin American populism are all idiots. (May-June 2007)
  • The real fault of the Iraq war doesn’t lie with Bush and his cronies, it rests with the American people as a whole. (Nov.-Dec. 2007)
  • What created Osama bin Laden was the predominance of American power. (Jan.-Feb. 2007)
  • The war on drugs cannot be won. (Sept.-Oct. 2007)
  • Rupert Murdoch isn’t the tyrant he’s made out to be. (Jan.-Feb. 2007) Despite talk of a new, wired world . . . just a fraction of what we consider globalization actually exists. (March-April 2007)
  • Today’s supercharged global economy is eroding the power of the people in democracies around the globe. (Sept.-Oct. 2007)
  • Oil companies aren’t to blame for high oil prices, and the world isn’t really running out of oil. (Nov.-Dec. 2007)
  • Having your own nuclear weapon used to be a luxury. Today, it is fast becoming a necessity. (Jan.-Feb. 2007)


  • The export of democracy by force is a fool’s errand. (Fall 2007)
  • Cindy Sheehan and her anti-military cohorts confuse military service with militarism. (Summer 2007)
  • New York, San Francisco, and other boutique cities are little more than a playground for the nation’s ultra-rich. (Fall 2006)
  • Milton Friedman, the hero of libertarian free-market capitalists, has a lot to teach progressives and they should give him credit. (Spring 2007)
  • The idea of “Iraqization”–we’ll stand down when they stand up–won’t work. (Summer 2007)
  • In the face of mounting debt, liberals shouldn’t try to balance the budget. They should start spending more on public works. (Fall 2007)
  • Economic deprivation doesn’t incite terrorism; the humiliation of Muslims carried out by the West does. (Winter 2007)
  • Globalization policies of Davos and Thomas Friedman are mired in an obsolete paradigm that clouds our understanding of what is happening. (Winter 2007)
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