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The Unprincipled Boycott of Israel

John Cheney-Lippold, an associate professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan, has been the subject of withering criticism of late, but I’m grateful to him. Yes, he shouldn’t have refused to write a recommendation for a student merely because the semester abroad program she was applying to was in Israel. But at least he exposed what the boycott movement is about, aspects of which I suspect some of its blither endorsers are unaware.

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The Low, Low Price of Serfdom

Nothing ventured.

Convenience, wrote Columbia University law professor Tim Wu, is as much a force driving mankind’s political evolution as any of the more tangible and conspicuous factors that dominate daily life. So many modern appliances have made what were once minor chores unthinkably exacting burdens. Convenience, Wu wrote, trumps preference. Streaming video services, to name just one example, have rendered the rigors of the clock obsolete. But that convenience has also inured us to sacrifice. Once anathema, viewers have re-learned how to sit passively through a 120-second commercial break. It’s a small price to pay to enjoy our newfound freedom from wait.

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When the Establishment Strikes Back

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Podcast: Brett Kavanaugh and the #MeToo Moment

Podcast: Christine Rosen on Brett Kavanaugh.

The podcast welcomes COMMENTARY contributor and author Christine Rosen on the program to discuss the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Have his confirmation hearings have transformed into another chapter in the national cultural reckoning that is the #MeToo moment?

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A Hill to Die on

Justice both delayed and denied.

According to Senate Judiciary Committee Democrat Chris Coons, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when she was a minor, did not want to come forward. In an eerie echo of Anita Hill’s public ordeal, her accusations were “leaked to the media.” With her confidentiality violated, Ford had no choice but to go public. Coons could not say where that leak came from, but he did confess that “people on committee staff” had access to the letter in which Ford made her allegations. Draw your own conclusions.

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