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 »

Israel and the Politics of Paroxysm

Any development involving Israel becomes a Rorschach test for many Americans, probably even for larger numbers of non-Jews than Jews. Israel’s recent elections lit up a spectrum of reactions that revealed more about the reactors’ own temperaments, ideologies, and even their feelings about Jews, than about what the elections themselves actually reflected and portend. At… Read more »

Mario Cuomo: Don’t Ask What Might Have Been

A particular memory has kept me from sharing the anguish of the “What might have been” essays written this week about liberals’ four-time loss of Mario Cuomo as their tribune: the most recent loss, of course, having been in his passing, at 82; and, before that, his 1994 loss of a fourth term as governor… Read more »