Letter from the Publisher

Welcome back! As I wrote in my letter for our last edition, we closed school last year on something of a strange, new note. Princeton students, defying the old stereotype that cast them as politically disinterested and perhaps even uninformed, protested in public, in print, and by petition on a range of issues from campus…

The Editors’ Guide to Free Speech on Campus

In late July, the University of New Hampshire issued a “Bias-Free Language Guide” designed to help students “invite inclusive excellence” on campus. To many commenters, the Guide represented the apex of political correctness and asinine policymaking. Why? The word ‘American’ is ‘problematic’ because it excludes residents of other North and South American nations. Instead, students…

No Verbs in Sight: Our Feckless Foreign Policy

When President Obama spoke at American University on August 5 to promote his nuclear agreement with Iran, he was hoping to invite comparison to President John F. Kennedy through the choice of place, time, and language. President Kennedy too chose American University as the location for an important address about nuclear policy, and August 5th…

European Separatism: Scotland, Catalonia, and Growing Divisions in the EU

Despite the recent stability among Europe’s nation-states, the continent has for generations been incredibly divided. In addition to wars and centuries-long rivalries, the demographic composition of the states themselves has often been a source of conflict. As alliances, conquests, and marriages merged the territories of Europe’s many kingdoms over the centuries, minority groups were invariably…

Americans at Heart: Honoring our Honorary Citizens

Speaking at a ceremony conferring honorable citizenship upon Winston Churchill, President John F. Kennedy praised the former British prime minister for his “zest for freedom” in the face of grave danger. “Whenever and wherever tyranny threatened,” said Kennedy, “he has always championed liberty.” Indeed, this heroic support of political freedom and liberty is an extraordinary…