The Folly of Courting the Black Vote

My latest column, for the religion portal Patheos.com, on the repetition of the charge of racism leveled against Republicans in the last election cycle:

"Throwing the Enlightenment Under the Bus"

What's the Obama Administration's worst moment?

(Hint: It's not passing Obamacare.)

My new column for the Daily Caller:

New column for The Daily Caller

Here's my latest column. The topic is gun control and gun violence:


An Honest Debate About Gun Violence




Stagnant Wages


The observation that wages have stagnated since the 1970s--when, coincidentally enough, large numbers of women began to enter the workforce, thus affecting the supply of labor--tells us something about the cash flow of workers but nothing about their quality of life.

For example, I'm a college professor--not exactly a blue collar laborer but a worker nevertheless. Right now, I’ve got a mobile phone in my pocket. The phone cost me roughly half of what I earn in a single day. It’s a phone, so I can make calls on the go, but it’s also a Rolodex, a daily calendar and reminder, a voice- and text-messaging service, a memo pad, a voice memo recorder. As long as it’s in my pocket, I’m carrying around half the books in my library and all the songs I like; I can use it to program my video recorder and to surf the web, and it contains a web browser, so I’ve also got an encyclopedia in my pocket. I can read and write documents on it, locate myself anywhere in the world, get driving directions as I’m en route. Oh, and it’s also a flashlight. I’ve got that in my pocket, for half my daily salary. What comparable device could a college professor, or anyone else, have acquired for half his yearly salary in 1970?

The fact that I can now afford to carry this thing in my pocket affects any judgment about my quality of life in comparison with the quality of life of an average college professor in 1970 . . . even if our inflation-adjusted salaries are the same.

TV Interview

I've been doing interviews to promote my new book, Bumper Sticker Liberalism, including a TV interview with Errol Louis of NY1. Have a look:


Mark Goldblatt on Inside City Hall.


I do hope you'll consider buying the book. If it doesn't sell well, other conservative writers will start to make fun of me--you know how they are.

BUMPER STICKER LIBERALISM

My book Bumper Sticker Liberalism will be published by Broadstreet/HarperCollins in July. 


It's now available for pre-order on Amazon.

POST: Flukes and Sluts

Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke argued before a congressional committee that the insurance provided to her by Georgetown (a Catholic institution) should cover the cost of contraception . . . and, furthermore, that the government should mandate that it does. In response, Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut”—provoking howls of outrage from liberals. Limbaugh’s remark is indeed offensive. Not because of the language--where was the howling when Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a "dumb twat"?--but because of the logic. How does the desire to have your contraceptive costs covered by insurance equate--as Limbaugh claims it does--to the desire to be paid for sex? Go ahead and fault Limbaugh for his reasoning. But spare me the self-righteous indignation over the language.