Jim Sleeper

Student Protests and Free Speech

With the fall semester ending and other developments sidelining the controversy about the controversy over racism and “unsafety” at American colleges, might those of us who weighed in on it step back and acknowledge that, on the one hand, student protesters aren’t as coddled and unjustified as their critics have proclaimed but, on the other… Read more »

Train Attack Heroes and Traditional American Values

Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler had more than the great reflexes, courage, pure luck — and, in Skarlatos and Stones’ cases, the military and medical training — necessary to subdue an armed terrorist and to aid a victim on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris. The three young Americans also had the… Read more »

Prep Schools, “Diversity,” and Puritan Conscience

Last month an instructor at the elite Groton School — founded in 1884 by, among others, J.P. Morgan and Endicott Peabody, its first rector, a descendant of Massachusetts Puritans — wrote me to take issue with some kind words I’ve published in this summer’s DEMOCRACY journal (subsequently adapted and posted by The Atlantic) about the… Read more »