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The Stiglitz Plan for Engineering Mobility

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III In the review section of the Sunday New York Times, the economist and Nobel Laureate Joseph E.Stiglitz remarks that “study...

William Graham Sumner’s ‘Forgotten Man’ – Mark Hendrickson

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON This week (Oct. 30 to be precise) marks the 173rd anniversary of the birth of William Graham Sumner (1840-1910). Sumner, one...

William Graham Sumner's 'Forgotten Man' – Mark Hendrickson

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON This week (Oct. 30 to be precise) marks the 173rd anniversary of the birth of William Graham Sumner (1840-1910). Sumner, one...

Napoleon Chagnon’s Noble Savages

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III If one of the purposes of a book review is to inspire readers to take up the original work, Elizabeth...

Napoleon Chagnon's Noble Savages

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III If one of the purposes of a book review is to inspire readers to take up the original work, Elizabeth...

Racist America? – Prof. Carl L. Bankston

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Many of my academic colleagues are dedicated to the proposition that the United States is racist to the core. That,...

Inhumane Conditioning

The Intersection of the American Civil War and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict BY ANDRÉ FRENCH In light of the celebratory atmosphere surrounding Spielberg’s Lincoln, and the disturbing...

Commencement Controversy

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III There is a very small but symbolically interesting controversy at my university over this year’s recently announced commencement speaker, the...

Peter Wood on the New Civics

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Earlier, I commented on the report A Crucible Moment, written by a task force under the sponsorship of the Department...

Dr. Saltmarsh's Plan

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III What is the best way to ensure strict conformity on social and political issues in the modern university? The ideal...

Dr. Saltmarsh’s Plan

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III What is the best way to ensure strict conformity on social and political issues in the modern university? The ideal...

Jonathan Haidt's Political Tribes

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III University of Virginia psychology professor Jonathan Haidt argues in the Sunday New York Times that economic self-interest is a poor...

Jonathan Haidt’s Political Tribes

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III University of Virginia psychology professor Jonathan Haidt argues in the Sunday New York Times that economic self-interest is a poor...

Returns

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III I opened the door to the blacksmith shop with care since the hinges, pock-marked and encrusted with rust, were almost more than...

“Fundamental Questions of Fairness,” Part 2

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Previously, I discussed the new statistical findings of the Department of Education that rediscover the differences among racial and ethnic...

The Department of Education Rediscovers Differences in School Discipline Rates

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The new data issued by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights find, among other things, differences in suspension...

Aldous Huxley's Letter to George Orwell

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Aldous Huxley and George Orwell were the two great dystopian visionaries of the twentieth century. Huxley, whose Brave New World...

Aldous Huxley’s Letter to George Orwell

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Aldous Huxley and George Orwell were the two great dystopian visionaries of the twentieth century. Huxley, whose Brave New World...

The Late James Q. Wilson

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III James Q. Wilson (1931-2012), who has died at age 80, is best known for his “broken windows” theory of crime...

Money Motivates Students

CARL L. BANKSTON III Should we pay people to act in their own best interest? That question occurred to me when looking at a report...