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Last week, the Oberlin College Black Student Union blasted their liberal mecca for its “imperialism, white supremacy, capitalism, ableism, and a cissexist heteropatriarchy.” The protesters issued a 14-page list of demands, spelling out the group’s “larger goals.” Try to guess which of the following ten demands are authentic and which are me having a little fun at their expense.
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These are dangerous times for the study of the past. Historians can no longer afford to sit idly by as uninformed or misinformed tyrannical mobs seek to stamp out the history they do not like. It is a threat to the preservation of the past. It is a threat to free speech. It is a threat to proper historical understanding.
On Thursday current Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that all military occupations and positions, without exception, will henceforth be open to women. Echoing President Obama’s 2013 comments that “valor knows no gender,” Secretary Carter justified the decision in part on the grounds that the military has a proud history of meritocracy, in which those who serve “are judged only on what they have to offer to help defend the country.”
As Brookings scholar Isabel Sawhill has warned, “Social policy faces an uphill battle as long as families continue to fragment and children are deprived of the resources of two parents.” Here’s an inside look at the new report from the AEI/Brookings Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity on ideas to arrest trends in family breakdown and economic stagnation.
Struggling Americans deserve a real competition of new ideas about how to fight poverty. This is why I’m especially proud to announce that AEI will be working with the Jack Kemp Foundation, Opportunity Lives, and the Economic Innovation Group to host a presidential forum on poverty and opportunity.