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Amor Mundi 6/15/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we discuss tenure and educational reform in the context of the recent court ruling in California, uncover a fresh look on the use of drones, and realize the non-event of the social utopia foretold by Karl Marx. Posted on 16 June 2014 | 11:26 am

Who Does Tenure Help?

For this week's Weekend Read, we discuss a California supreme-court judge's decision to strike down the CA tenure system, which leads us to ask larger questions about educational reform. Posted on 14 June 2014 | 2:17 pm

The Irony of the Elite

Peggy Noonan is worried about the decadence of elite American culture. While the folks over at DailyKos are foaming about the irony of Ronald Reagan’s speechwriter complaining about the excesses of the power elites, Noonan makes an important point about the corrosive effects that irony has on elites and on culture more generally. The two…Read more The Irony of the Elite Posted on 21 February 2014 | 12:41 pm

Borrowing from Peter to Pay Paul

Stephanie A. Miner, the Mayor of Syracuse NY, has an important op-ed essay in The NY Times Thursday. Syracuse is one of hundreds of cities around the state and tens of thousands around the country that are struggling with the potentially disastrous effects of out-of-control pension costs. Where this crisis is heading can be seen…Read more Borrowing from Peter to Pay Paul Posted on 15 February 2013 | 10:23 am

The Dorm Wars

The Dorm Wars have not yet caused the numerous bankruptcies amongst minor and maybe even some more established colleges that seem inevitable. What they have done is change the nature of college education. Whether at Harvard or Ramapo, students want luxury dorms with private bathrooms and glitzy campus centers. And since students—fueled with cheap student…Read more The Dorm Wars Posted on 14 December 2012 | 10:59 am