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Jonathan Marks

Jonathan Marks

Jonathan Marks, a contributor to Commentary’s blog, is professor of politics at Ursinus College

student

A surprising number of my acquaintances have precocious children. On social media, I have seen ninety-nine variations of “my six-year-old and I were watching the...
bds

When you complain that the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement discriminates on the basis of national identity, you are nowadays met with a contemptuous...
Jerusalem

The Pew Research Center doesn’t really do “shock polls,” but it released a doozy earlier this year. Reflecting on its telephone survey of American attitudes...
BDS

In 2016, the University of Minnesota Student Association amended a bill that targeted Israel and passed a more general bill on socially responsible investing. Not surprisingly,...
Charles Murray

When the left refers to their political opponents as fascists, it’s nothing new. Even in the placid 1990s, I recall, a friend of mine referred...
BDS

Supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel frequently complain about a “Palestinian exception” to free speech. Never mind that whole, albeit...
vassar

In the late 1980s, numerous colleges and universities designed and adopted speech codes to curtail racist and other discriminatory speech. You can't say they weren’t...
Southern Poverty Law Center

If you believe what the papers have been saying for some time, American high school students don’t know much about much. They don’t know, among...
Jerusalem

The Pew Research Center regularly asks Americans this question: “In the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, which side do you sympathize with more, Israel...
Kenneth Marcus

I don’t always agree with Kenneth L. Marcus, the founder and president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law. But he...
diversity

Over at the Chronicle of Higher Education, Leonard Cassuto argues  that academics “need to go public.” That’s an extension of the reasoning behind his 2015...
bds

On January 5, Modern Language Association Members for Justice in Palestine hosted a meeting at New York University entitled “Palestine and the Future of Academia.”...