The Media and Impeachment  

Two time honored beliefs about the media were dented by our impeachment year: the right-wing notion that the press has a “liberal bias” and the left-wing theory that the media control public consciousness. Thanks to independent counsel Kenneth Starr, both …



Art and Anxiety in Los Angeles  

Six months after opening, the Getty Center, the $1 billion mountaintop museum that has become Los Angeles’s biggest cultural attraction, started running newspaper ads asking people not to come. Featuring a dozen happy kids from different races, the ads were …



Jon Wiener Replies  

Dennis Wrong presents a laundry list of arguments that have been brought up by critics of tenure. He seems to favor replacing tenure with a more market-driven system that would get rid of all those incompetents in our midst. At …



Tenure Trouble  

Why should college and university professors have job security, when so many other Americans are losing theirs? From U.S. News & World Report to the Los Angeles Times to the Washington Post, powerful voices are asking that question, and answering …



Life at the Kramer Hilton  

This past fall, Hilton Kramer, America’s angriest art critic, began his fifteenth year editing the New Criterion, the neocon journal of art and culture. In Kramer’s lead comment in the journal’s “special anniversary issue,” he rededicated the journal to fighting …







Whatever Happened to George Wallace?  

Political memories are sometimes short. A year before the election, it seemed that it would be easy for any one of several Democrats to defeat the man who pardoned Nixon. What seemed difficult was for any of them to defeat …



Tocqueville, Marx, Weber, Nixon: Watergate in Theory  

Watergate is history. The time has come to seek a theoretical perspective on those tumultuous events, to move away from yesterday’s feverish absorption with “the facts” and confront the significance of Watergate for American politics and society—particularly to consider the …



Footnote—Or Perish  

A footnote appears, at first sight a trivial thing, and easily understood. But in the pages of the new Social Sciences Citation Index, these scholarly creations step forth as independent beings, endowed with a life of their own. The Citation …