Middle Class Pain

Health Care Premiums: Up, and Rising Again

Health Care Premiums: Up, and Rising Again

In presidential politics, party professionals on both sides of the aisle live in fear of the dreaded “October surprise” that can compromise their candidates’ chan...(full article)

Middle-Class Pain: Stagnant Pay Says It All

Middle-Class Pain: Stagnant Pay Says It All

The first of a five-part series on issues affecting the middle class in this election season.Plenty of American workers, fearful about their financial well-being and their perch in...(full article)

Middle-Class Pain: The Struggle to Afford College

Middle-Class Pain: The Struggle to Afford College

Michelle Henderson carries $130,000 in student debt, even though she’s never attended a single college class. The 49-year-old Illinois mother and design showroom manager foot...(full article)

NAFTA & the Angry Middle-Class Voter

NAFTA & the Angry Middle-Class Voter

On a bleak February day, in plenty of time to impact the 2016 Indiana presidential primary, a flush U.S. corporation named United Technologies abruptly announced that it would be c...(full article)

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The First Crack in the U.S. College Cartel - Naomi Schaefer Riley, New York Post

When it comes to the cost of college, we may have reached the tipping point. According to a recent report in The New York Times, several colleges contacted applicants they hadn't h...

When the Left Turns on Its Own - Bari Weiss, New York Times

Bret Weinstein is a biology professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., who supported Bernie Sanders, admiringly retweets Glenn Greenwald and was an outspoken supporter...

The Campus Mob Came for Me--You, Professor, Could Be Next - Bret Weinstein, WSJ

Whites were asked to leave for a ‘Day of Absence.’ I objected. Then 50 yelling students crashed my class....

The True Purpose of the University - Heather Mac Donald, City Journal

ale University’s president recently provided a window into the modern university’s self-conception—an understanding embraced by both liberals and conservatives bu...

The Strange Hypocrisy of the Notre Dame Protests - Cleta Mitchell, RealClearReligion

One would think that a graduation ceremony, where family and friends assemble to celebrate the grand passage from the youthful dependency of college to the presumed self-sufficienc...

The Assault on Colleges--and the American Dream - David Leonhardt, New York Times

Public colleges have an unmatched record of lofting their students into the middle class and beyond. For decades, they have enrolled teenagers and adults from modest backgrounds, p...

Democrats Need to Talk to the Middle Class - Tim Kaine, USA Today

While Democrats are quite unified and generally in step with the American public on social issues, we lag on the one issue that most people deem most important. ...

A Heretic at Duke Divinity School - Peter Berkowitz, Wall Street Journal

The dean brings charges of ‘unprofessional conduct’ for a vigorous defense of free inquiry....

New York City Wants to Supersize the 'Fight for $15' - Michael Saltsman, WSJ

Is the College Business Model Unraveling? - Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

The business model that the American higher education system has relied on to boost revenue and enrollment over the last few decades—steadily rising tuition, moderated b...

Will Claremont Preside Over Riots This Weekend? - Ken Masugi, The American Spectator

Whether President Hiram Chodosh of Claremont McKenna College (CMC; of anti-Heather Mac Donald riot fame) is currently the worst college president in the country is somewhat beside ...

How Not to Defend Free Speech on Campus - Ashley Thorne, RealClearEducation

Robert Spencer, the director of Jihad Watch, spoke before a large, respectful audience at Gettysburg College last Wednesday, at the invitation of the school’s Young Americans...

Potemkin Universities - Victor Davis Hanson, Investor's Business Daily

College campuses still appear superficially to be quiet, well-landscaped refuges from the bustle of real life. But increasingly, their spires, quads and ivy-covered walls are facad...

Segregation--It's Bad and It's Back as Colleges Go Tribal - Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the white only section of a Montgomery, Alabama, bus and take her assigned place in what was then call...

Why $15 Minimum Wage Is Good Economics - Bernstein & Spielberg, American Prospect

The Raise the Wage Act of 2017, co-sponsored by Senators Patty Murray and Bernie Sanders and House members Bobby Scott and Keith Ellison, would hike the federal minimum wage to $15...

Parents: Prepare Your Kids for Left-Wing Campus Bias - Larry Elder, Investor's Biz Daily

Many people know that most professors are liberal, but the degree to which the left wing rules is jaw-dropping. A study published last September in Econ Journal Watch, "Faculty Vot...

Yale's Quiet Majority - James Freeman, Wall Street Journal

A new survey finds that most undergrads favor free speech, even if the loudest students—and Yale administrators—don’t....

New NAFTA Should Help Workers - James Hoffa, Detroit News

Revamping deal could hold the key to getting hundreds of thousands back to work in good-paying jobs, Hoffa writes...

The Know-Nothing Campus 'Protest' Movement - John McWhorter, The Daily Beast

So, Ann Coulter didn’t speak at UC-Berkeley last week when she could not be assured protection from potentially violent protesters. Whew! Catastrophe averted—thank God ...

Five Ways Leftist Professors Betray Their Students - Andrew Klavan, PJ Media

Observation shows and science confirms that a young person's brain does not fully mature until age 25. Your college years should be years in which your mentors train you to in...

Dartmouth Study Finds Dems Are the Least Tolerant Students - Bre Payton, Federalist

A new survey of students at Dartmouth College found that those who identified as Democrats are the least tolerant on campus. In the campus-wide field survey, students of all politi...

Shame on Berkeley for Not Protecting Coulter - Alicia Shepard, USA Today

Shame on Berkeley, cradle of the Free Speech Movement, and shame on lefty protesters who succeeded in thwarting conservative provocateur Ann Coulter’s right to speak there&nb...

Dear Berkeley: Support Ann Coulter's Right to Speak - Marc Randazza, CNN

Are we living in an alternate reality, one in which Bill Maher and Bernie Sanders are sticking up for Ann Coulter? What could have caused this rip in the space-time continuum? The ...

Here's What Gov. Reagan Did When They Rioted at Berkeley - Donna Voss, Federalist

The University of California at Berkeley, the cradle of the free speech movement, just last week cancelled yet another conservative speaker. The college’s Young Republicans h...

Berkeley Is Under Attack From Both Sides - Nicholas Dirks, New York Times

The University of California, Berkeley, and the community around it have been symbols of free speech for more than 50 years. We still celebrate the legacy of Mario Savio and others...

The Cowards of Academia - Dennis Prager, Investor's Business Daily

Now that student mobs at universities around America (and elsewhere in the West) have silenced conservative speaker after conservative speaker, it has dawned on a small number of l...

Slow Learners: Berkeley Liberals Get Schooled on the Law - John Moody, FOX News

Amazing how a lawsuit can rattle the rust off an outdated institution. A couple of weeks after Bellwether spotlighted the University of California at Berkeley’s cancellation ...

College Administrators Right to Reject Hateful Speakers - Aaron Hanlon, New Republic

As graduation season approaches, colleges across the country are locking down commencement speakers to address the class of 2017. Harvard got Mark Zuckerberg (a Harvard dropout). H...

Sorry, College Kids, There's No Such Thing as Hate Speech - John Davidson, Federalist

For the sake of campus protestors and their professors across the country, it’s time to make something clear: there’s no such thing as hate speech. That should go witho...

Harvard's Nondiscrimination Hypocrisy - Harry Lewis, Washington Post

When should traditional liberal values be sacrificed to important but narrower ends? That is the question behind Harvard University’s effort to subordinate freedom of associa...

What 'Snowflakes' Get Right About Free Speech - Ulrich Baer, New York Times

At one of the premieres of his landmark Holocaust documentary, “Shoah” (1985), the filmmaker Claude Lanzmann was challenged by a member of the audience, a woman who ide...

Frat Told It's 'Appropriating Culture.' School Won't Say Which. - Catherine Rampell, WP

Don’t blame college students for their hostility to free expression. The fault ultimately lies with cowardly school administrations, who so often cave to student demands for ...

'Snowflakes' Have Chilling Effects Even Beyond Campus - Heather Mac Donald, WSJ

Academic intolerance is the product of ideological aggression, not a psychological disorder....

UC Berkeley Surrenders to the Fascists - Thomas Lifson, American Thinker

The University of California, Berkeley, where the modern New Left student movement began with the Free Speech Movement of 1964, has come full circle, and has surrendered to the ant...

We Few, We Miserable Few - Heather Mac Donald, City Journal

The manifesto, written by “We, few of the Black students here at Pomona College and the Claremont Colleges,” was triggered by a statement on academic freedom by outgoin...

I Love to Hate Coulter's Opinions But Banning Her Is Absurd - Piers Morgan, Daily Mail

 I once spent 30 minutes on CNN shouting at Ann Coulter as she tried to defend calling President Obama a ‘retard’. The ferocity of our exchange was only matched by...

Developing the Power of Grit in Higher Education - Mehlman & Porterfield, RCEducation

On August 7, 2011, just days before starting college, RaeVaughn Williams, the son of a Bronx school teacher, was gravely injured by a hit and run driver in New York City. Doctors d...

The Middle Class' Unfriendly Skies - Jeff Spross, The Week

Corporations are now treating the middle class like they treat the poor...

Does Harvard Consider Oscar Wilde "Marginalized"? - Heather Mac Donald, WSJ

A new requirement to study authors kept down by 'racism, patriarchy and heteronormativity.'...

The Mental Reign of Terror - Richard Fernandez, PJ Media

Jon Miltimore argues that Yale is becoming a kind of jail which hands out professional credentials to those hardy enough to serve out their term. Until then its inmates should be c...

A Lawsuit Accuses Yale of Censoring Even Inoffensive Ideas - Peter Berkowitz, WSJ

A class essay condemning rape was 'unnecessarily provocative,' the Title IX coordinator allegedly said....

Jim Webb Should Veto the Heckler's Veto on Campus - Mary Katharine Ham, Federalist

This week, a highly decorated combat veteran, former U.S. Senator and Secretary of the Navy, and distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy turned down a Distinguished Gradua...

Middlebury Protesters Didn't Read "Bell Curve" - Bo & Ben Winegard, Quillette

There are two versions of The Bell Curve. The first is a disgusting and bigoted fraud. The second is a judicious but provocative look at intelligence and its increasing importance ...

The 'Postmodern' Roots of Today's Campus Mobs - Crispin Sartwell, Wall Street Journal

If reality is nothing but a 'narrative,' then of course it's important to control what people say....

What Has Yale Become? - Rob Montz, We the Internet

In 2015, video of Yale's "shrieking girl" screaming at professor Nicholas Christakis over a Halloween costume email went viral. A year later, Dr. Christakis and his wife Erika had ...

Why I Invited Charles Murray to Speak at Notre Dame - Vincent Phillip Muoz, RCP

Charles Murray will be speaking at Notre Dame on Tuesday [March 28]. In light of the violent protest at his Middlebury College lecture earlier this month, I’ve been asked by ...

Can Words Be Violent? - Patricia Williams, The Nation

I went to the theater with a friend recently. Afterward, we sauntered around the unfamiliar neighborhood and wandered into what looked like a funky artisanal-beer emporium. Hanging...

Berkeley Offline: Another Win for the Grievance Industry - Andrew Ferguson, Wkly Std

A few years ago, an adjunct professor and disability-rights activist named Stacy Nowak went to take a look at a college course offered online by the University of Califor...

The Kids Are Right to Stamp Out Charles Murray's Speech - Osita Nwanevu, Slate

Charles Murray, an author and political scientist, was scheduled to give a lecture at Middlebury College earlier this month. Murray is best known for co-authoring The Bell Curve, a...

The Real Lessons of Middlebury College - Thomas Sowell, Investor's Business Daily

Many people seem shocked at the recent savagery of a mob of students at Middlebury College, who rioted to prevent Charles Murray from addressing a student group who had invited him...

The Rise of the Networked Left - Caroline Glick, Jerusalem Post

Murry was invited to Middlebury by the college’s AEI club. He was to discuss his new book, Coming Apart, which discusses the plight of white working class Americans. Middlebu...

Something Has Gone Badly Wrong With the Campus Left - Peter Beinart, The Atlantic

The events leading up to the video are as follows. One of the student groups at Middlebury College is called The American Enterprise Club. According to its website, the Club aims &...

How Middlebury College Enabled the Charles Murray Riot - Peter Wood, The Federalist

The fracas at Middlebury College on March 2 has been widely reported. Both the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal covered it, though perhaps no report improved on the local...

McCarthyism at Middlebury - Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal

The silencing of Charles Murray is a major event in the annals of free speech....

The Illiberal Injustice Against Charles Murray - Noah Millman, The Week

The violent protests that greeted the conservative political scientist when he tried to speak at Middlebury College last week could be easily dismissed as the latest episode in the...

The Middlebury Meltdown - Roger Kimball, American Greatness

Future historians of the liberal arts in American academic life will be able to pinpoint the time and place of its death with remarkable accuracy. The fatal blow was delivered Thur...

Reflections on the Revolution in Middlebury - Charles Murray, AEI Ideas

And so I’m pessimistic. I say that realizing that I am probably the most unqualified person to analyze the larger meanings of last week’s events at Middlebury. It will ...

Stop the Soft Despotism Stifling Campus Speech - Charles Lipson, RealClearPolitics

Last week at Vermont’s Middlebury College, left-wing students and off-campus activists shouted down a prominent conservative speaker, injured a professor as she was trying to...

Facing the Intimidation From Middlebury Protesters - Allison Stanger, Facebook

I agreed to participate in the event with Charles Murray, because several of my students asked me to do so. They are smart and good people, all of them, and this was their big even...

The Campus Kangaroo Courts - Michael Poliakoff, City Journal

Sexual violence is a crime that merits prosecution with the full force of law. But a new book by Brooklyn College historian KC Johnson and journalist Stuart Taylor forces us to ask...

Why So Few Donors for Critical Gender Studies? - Naomi Schaefer Riley, Weekly Standard

Higher education had a very good year. That's the news from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which reports that during an election year soaked in populism, some of America's biggest ...

Berkeley Didn't Deserve Trump's Scorn - Chemerinsky & Gillman, Salon

Recent events at the University of California, Berkeley, reflect the enormous difficulties that campuses can face when trying to ensure freedom of speech while, at the same time, m...

Yale Alters Its Position on "Erasing History" - D.C. McAllister, PJ Media

Yale University has announced it’s changing the name of Calhoun College to honor Grace Murray Hopper, a distinguished graduate from the 1930s who was a computer scientist and...

Yale's Inconsistent Name-Dropping - Roger Kimball, Wall Street Journal

The New Criterion's Roger Kimball writes that several campus names at Yale are more objectionable than John C. Calhoun—including Elihu Yale....

Deconstructing the "Liberal Campus" Cliche - Jason Blakely, The Atlantic

Are American universities now spaces where democratic free expression is in decline, where insecurity, fear, and an obsessive, self-preening political correctness make open dialogu...

Trump's Rise, Elites' Fall, Rot at the Top in Higher Ed - Peter Berkowitz, RealClearPolitics

From the beginning, the Democratic foreign policy elite contemplated the possibility of a Trump presidency with horror. More striking were the many establishment Republicans who su...

American Universities Must Take a Stand - Leon Botstein, New York Times

Not since the era of witch hunts and “red baiting” has the American university faced so great a threat from government. How is the university to function when a preside...

Voices of Dissent Are Being Stifled - But Not by Trump - Glenn Reynolds, USA Today

They told me if Donald Trump were elected, voices of dissent would be shut down by fascist mobs. And they were right! At the University of California, Berkeley campus, for exa...

A Free Speech Battle at Birthplace of a Movement at Berkeley - Thomas Fuller, NYT

Protest has been synonymous with the University of California, Berkeley, from the earliest days of the free speech movement, when students fought to expand political expression on ...

Prosecute the Rioters - Andrew McCarthy, National Review

From time to time over the years, the eminent historian Daniel Pipes has lamented that treason, not just as a crime but as a concept, appears defunct in the West. The question of b...

UC Berkeley Administration Shares the Blame for Riot - Joel Pollak, Breitbart

There was something odd in the statement that the University of California, Berkeley issued on Wednesday night in response to the leftist riot that stopped a speech by Breitbart te...

Milo Yiannopoulos Tested Progressives--and They Failed - Peter Beinart, The Atlantic

Among the many terrifying questions that Donald Trump’s presidency poses is this: How do you oppose an indecent leader while still behaving decently yourself? When it comes t...

At Amherst, Anti-Male Bias and Presumption of Guilt - Robby Soave, Reason

Remember Amherst College student "John Doe," who was expelled for sexual misconduct, even though he had good reason to believe that his accuser had actually assaulted him? A judge ...

The Leadership & Decency Gap at UC-Berkeley - Sean Kennedy, American Conservative

Every fall, I don my gear, trek down to an out-of-the-way pub, and sit breathlessly as I watch my California Golden Bears blow another football season despite having NFL-caliber ta...

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Milo Yiannopolis? - David Kaye, The Guardian

The modern story of free speech on American college campuses began in Berkeley. Will it end there, too? I doubt it, but President Trump’s tweetthreatening federal funding for...

What Happens If Trump Renegotiates NAFTA? - Evan Horowitz, Boston Globe

President Trump's promise to rewrite the US trade agreement with Canada and Mexico could disrupt whole sectors of the economy....

Ridicule Didn't Work: The Sokal Hoax & Its Lessons - Piereson & Riley, Weekly Standard

Twenty years ago, the academic journal Social Text published an article with the trendy title Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Herme­neutics of Qua...

Why Schools Have Stopped Teaching U.S. History - Karol Markowicz, New York Post

“Don’t know much about history . . .” goes the famous song. It’s an apt motto for the Common Core’s elementary-school curriculum. And it...

How to Deal With Trump Derangement Syndrome on Campus - Roger Kimball, PJM

This is just the beginning, of course.  The UEC will clearly have its work cut out for it if it is to make headway in reclaiming the university from those set on destroying it...

The Year the Campus Culture Wars Jumped the Shark - Alice Lloyd, Weekly Standard

2015 was the year campus culture wars broke out into mainstream consciousness—from Laura Kipnis's Title IX witch trial to the Halloween costume crisis at Yale's Silliman ...

Academia May Now Be Beyond Satire - George Will, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The Chronicle of Higher Education, which is a window on the sometimes weird world of academia, recently revisited a hilarious intellectual hoax from 20 years ago. Reading the recol...

How Colleges Became Bastions of Sex, Booze and Entitlement - Lisa Wade, Time

Thanks to everything from pop culture to college propaganda, when students arrive on campuses today they expect—with varying levels of inclination and trepidation—to ha...

If Colleges Keep Killing Academic Freedom, Civilization Will Die - Jose Cabranes, WP

Sixty years ago, Chief Justice Earl Warren warned our nation that we had a choice. Either “teachers and students must always remain free to inquire, to study and to evaluate,...

CA's Min Wage Law Gives Businesses No Choice But to Leave - Houman Salem, LAT

California's minimum wage jumped to $10.50 an hour at the start of the new year. As the founder of a small fashion design house and clothing manufacturer in San Fernand...

The Myth of the Liberal "Echo Chamber" on Campus - Aaron Hanlon, The New Republic

Will Campus Identity Politics Kill the Classics? - Scott Greer, The Daily Caller

That’s the logic behind Donna Zuckerberg’s recent post on the Eidolon website. Zuckerberg is a classicist who understands her field of study no longer generates as much...

A New Victim in the War on Small-Biz Bakeries - Michelle Malkin, Townhall

It is not enough for family-owned pastry shops to bow to the gay marriage mob. Now, they're being targeted by the social justice mafia. At my alma mater, radical Oberlin College in...

The Dangers of Echo Chambers on Campus - Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

After Donald Trump’s election, some universities echoed with primal howls. Faculty members canceled classes for weeping, terrified students who asked: How could this possibly...

How to Kill the Middle Class - Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

The Insensitivity Police Now Patrol Many Colleges - Richard Bernstein, NY Observer

Pity university leaders. They might be all for free speech, but then somebody commits a micro-aggression or a “cultural appropriation,...

Divisions in My Dorm Room - K.N. Pineda, New York Times

The presidential election was the last thing on my mind on Nov. 8. I had essays to write and Italian vocabulary to learn. Sure, I kept New York Times and Wall Street Journal tabs o...

"Irresponsible and Unacceptable" at Wesleyan - Mytheos Holt, American Greatness

Editor’s note: American Greatness contributing writer Mytheos Holt penned an “open letter” to his alma mater’s campus newspaper in response to t...

2009: The Year the Democratic Party Died - Ryan Cooper, The Week

Want to know why Hillary Clinton ultimately lost to Donald Trump? Look to President Obama's first term....

My Liberal University Cemented My Vote for Trump - Bryan Stascavage, New York Times

As the needle on the New York Times presidential predictor swung from a certain victory for Hillary Clinton to an upset win for Donald J. Trump on Tuesday, I began to think about h...

Is College a Root Cause of Unemployment? - Justin Dent, RealClearPolitics

While Hillary Clinton has spoken extensively about higher education, tuition costs and student debt and Donald Trump has lambasted government profiteering of student loans, neither...

Why Halloween at College Is So Frightening - Mark Bauerlein, New York Times

We’re coming up on Halloween, the most frightening time of the year — for college administrators. The debate over what costumes are too offensive to be worn on campus p...

A Campus Firestorm--and a Troubling Lesson - Erika Christakis, Washington Post

The right to speak freely may be enshrined in some of our nation’s great universities, but the culture of listening needs repair. That is the lesson I learned a year ago, whe...

Struggling to Serve at the Nation's Richest University - Rosa Rivera, New York Times

I’ve been at Harvard University for 17 years, but I’ve never been in a classroom here. I’m a cook in the dining halls. I work in the cafeteria at the T.H. Chan Sc...

The Modern U.S. Campus Shouldn't Be a Safe Space - George Will, Investor's Biz Daily

A specter is haunting academia, the specter of specters -- ghosts, goblins and "cultural appropriation" through insensitive Halloween costumes. Institutions of higher education are...

Doomsayers Keep Getting It Wrong on Higher Min. Wages - Barry Ritholtz, Bloomberg

In Seattle, unemployment has fallen and business has boomed since the city raised its pay floor....

Yale Believes in Free Speech--and So Do I - Peter Salovey, Wall Street Journal

We can work to make campuses more inclusive, while at the same time upholding free expression....

The Ivy League Doesn't Need Taxpayers' Help - Piereson & Riley, Wall Street Journal

Colleges that hoard cash—endowments of $2 million per student—should be encouraged to spend it....

The Academic Curtain - Thomas Sowell, Investor's Business Daily

Back in the days of the Cold War between the Communist bloc of nations and the Western democracies, the Communists maintained pervasive restrictions around Eastern Europe that were...

Trump Trashes NAFTA, But Undoing It Would Come at Huge Cost - Neil Irwin, NYT

When you buy an “American-made” car, you are probably buying a car that has an immensely complicated mix of components that were also made in Mexico and Canada. The sam...

Your Alma Mater's Biggest Rival? Stingy State Govt - James Carville, The Daily Beast

A hypothesis: Go to any two-bit campaign rally in Louisiana, and before there’s any politicking, I bet you’ll hear this: How ‘bout ‘dem Tigers? The guy...

A Safe Space for Unsafe Spaces - Gordon Crovitz, Wall Street Journal

Restoring free speech to campus will take resolve, but Chicago shows the way....

Safe Spaces Aren't the Only Threat to Free Speech - Timothy Garton Ash, The Guardian

Universities should be safe spaces – safe spaces for free speech. When I started working on freedom of expression some years ago, I never imagined that threats to it in the u...

Why College Rankings Are a Joke - Frank Bruni, New York Times

Shortly before the newest U.S. News & World Report college rankings came out last week, I got a fresh glimpse of how ridiculous they can be — and of why panicked high sch...

Everyone Deserves Affordable Higher Education - Sen. Tim Kaine, Time

Opportunities to learn should not require becoming tens of thousands of dollars in debt When I graduated from college in 1979, education costs were manageable for many working...

Whose Interests Do College Diversity Officers Serve? - David Frum, The Atlantic

One of the most famous essays on bureaucracy ever written was built upon a deceptively simple observation. Between 1914 and 1928, the number of ships in the British Navy declined b...

Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces and Free Speech, Too - Sophie Downes, New York Times

I didn’t get the University of Chicago welcome letter that made the rounds on the internet earlier this summer. I’m a senior this year, and the message from Jay Ellison...

Pushback vs. "Safe Spaces" Has Begun. It's Overdue. - Mark Hemingway, Weekly Std

At the end of August, incoming University of Chicago freshmen received a letter from dean of students Jay Ellison, accompanied by a short monograph by a Chicago history professor o...

UMass-Amherst: Harambe Jokes Are Racist - Robby Soave, Reason

Poor Harambe. The gorilla murdered at the Cincinnati Zoo after a child wandered into its enclosure has now essentially suffered a second, equally odious death: this time at the han...

Philanthropy and Black Education - Jason Riley, City Journal

When hedge-fund manager John Paulson donated $8.5 million last year to Success Academy, a public charter school network in New York City, he acted in a long tradition of America&rs...

Where Are Veterans at Our Elite Colleges? - Frank Bruni, New York Times

At a special presidential forum on Wednesday night, Hillary Clinton andDonald Trump will appear back-to-back, take questions from military veterans and talk about how our country t...

AP Course Standards Fall Prey to Partisanship - Peter Berkowitz, RealClearPolitics

Labor Day weekend marks the return to school and the beginning of the home stretch of the presidential campaign. The connection is typically overlooked. The next president wil...

Pocketbook Issues Seen as Key to Middle-Class Voters - Nathaniel J. Hiatt, RCP

PHILADELPHIA  With Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both vying for the middle-class vote in November, one Democratic senator pointed Wednesday to four main concerns of that socioe...

Norquist Likes What He Sees in Trump's Tax Plan - Nathaniel J. Hiatt, RealClearPolitics

Breitbart News’ Joel Pollak sent The Daily Show running, armed only with his cell phone camera, outside Milo's "Gays for Trump" party....

I Did Everything Right. So Why Am I in Debt? - Nikko Mitrano Schaff, The Guardian

A Strong Middle Class Doesn't Just Happen Naturally - Rebecca Rosen, The Atlantic

In the 20th century, America invested in policies that created widespread prosperity. Can the country do so again?...

Intro

RealClearPolitics explores the issues that are causing pain for the Middle Class: stagnant wages; micro economic factors like NAFTA automation, and immigration; the costs of higher education; problems in health care; and, finally, why Middle Class voters are so angry at Washington.