Carl L. Bankston III

Youssef, Nakoula, or Bacile? Man of Many Names Goes to Jail

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Mark Basseley Youssef, also known as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and best known as Sam Bacile, has been sentenced to a...

UCLA's Latest Display of Outrage

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III UCLA law professor Richard Sander has been the target of student protests at his university this week. Sander, a critic...

UCLA’s Latest Display of Outrage

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III UCLA law professor Richard Sander has been the target of student protests at his university this week. Sander, a critic...

Remembering the Work of Jacques Barzun

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The great teacher, cultural historian and social critic Jacques Barzun died yesterday (October 25, 2012) at the age of 104....

Why Diversity?

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The Fisher affirmative action case has inspired Philosophy professor Chris Surprenant to contribute an excellent opinion piece to today’s New...

Bernard Lewis on the Middle East and Islam—Carl Bankston

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The part of the world dominated by Islam concerns all of us today, as we face a Syria already in...

Affirmative Fantasy

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III In one of the latest contributions to the commentary on the Fisher case, sociologist Thomas Espenshade speculates that institutions of...

Class Based Affirmative Action

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The website Inside Higher Education discusses a new report issued by the Century Foundation. Part of the debate on affirmative...

What is Freedom of Expression?

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Even the most ardent devotee of free speech, and I would include myself in that category, will recognize that we...

Corrupt Politics

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III “Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption, and he passeth from the stink of the didie to the...

Fareed Zakaria on the Tension Between Democracy and Liberty

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III In earlier posts, I've expressed my scepticism about the possibilities for any system of government that Americans would recognize as...

Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism, by Joshua Muravchik

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Visions of an ideal, intentionally designed society are at least as old as the writings of Plato, but only in...