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With God and Richard Pipes

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator. The most respected academic authority on the Russian Revolution, 20thcentury communism, and the Cold War has died. He was Richard Pipes, longtime professor of Russian history at Harvard, and a remarkable man. Where to start with an adequate tribute to Professor Pipes? I’ll start with… Read more »

V&V Q&A: “The New England Watch and Ward Society:” A Conversation with author P.C. Kemeny

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. This latest edition of “V&V Q&A” is an intriguing discussion with author Dr. P.C. Kemeny about his new book: The New England Watch and Ward Society. Vision & Values (V&V): Dr. Kemeny, this is a fascinating… Read more »

Homeland: Art imitating Life

“All theory is gray. But forever green is the tree of life.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I have enjoyed every season of the TV series “Homeland.” Writers and producers surely anticipated Hillary Clinton winning the 2016 election because season six featured the election of President Elizabeth Keane. The problem for the show’s writers became transforming… Read more »

The Grove City Bill: A President vs. Congress

We wrote earlier about the Grove City College Supreme Court case (Grove City College v. Bell) in which the high court ruled that any “financial assistance” used by students and their families to pay for their education at Grove City College made the college a “recipient.” What did this mean and what were the implications?… Read more »

Speech, Art, and the Masterpiece Cakeshop

The culture wars will flare up again when the Supreme Court soon decides whether Colorado baker Jack Phillips may refuse to bake cakes for same-sex weddings. Charlie Craig and David Mullins sued the baker after he declined their cake request in 2012. State bureaucrats subsequently found Phillips guilty of discrimination. Now, in Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd…. Read more »

Marx at 200: Classical Marxism vs. Cultural Marxism

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator. This Saturday, May 5, marks the bicentennial of Karl Marx’ birth, a cause for literal celebration in certain quarters of the academy. It’s often charged among the political right that America is going communist, or at least socialist, or toward some form of Marxism. My… Read more »

High-Priced College Textbooks: Uncle Sam to the Rescue

If you are a college student, professor, or bookstore employee, you know how jarringly expensive college textbooks are. It isn’t unusual for college students to have to spend over $1,000 per year on books. In an attempt to reduce those costs, on March 23 President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion appropriations bill that included $5… Read more »