Paul Blair

Paul Blair is former editor of The Intellectual Activist.

Election 2016: The Dangers of a Trump Presidency

Donald Trump’s whole campaign has been based on the idea that he will not be accountable to anybody.

“Academic Freedom” vs. Accountability

In The New York Sun's editorial of December 10, 2004, you correctly note that universities like Columbia will take no action against professors whose outrageous positions are deemed a matter of "scholarly belief" ["The Bollinger Committee"]. But values besides...

Anti-Kerryites Against Bush

I've finally decided to support John Kerry in this election. (And, in true Kerry fashion, I'm voting against him, but more on that later.) While I find Kerry repugnant, I believe George Bush threatens America's freedom more. That's why I'm an "anti-Kerryite against...

Academics and Ideologies

It all started when Professor David M. O'Neill of Hunter College wrote in the NY Sun Oct. 4 maintaining that bias-free reporting is impossible because nobody can be free of ideology. Joseph Kellard had a letter in response. To which Professor O'Neill then replied....

Tax Credits–and Not Vouchers–for Education

Tax Credits–and Not Vouchers–for Education

The New York Sun has wisely opposed campaign finance regulations as violating the freedom of speech. The Sun has also argued that New York City's public campaign financing system deserves to be scrapped. Wasn't it Thomas Jefferson who wrote "that to compel a man to...

Not in My Name, cont’d.

This came in from St. Andrews, Scotland: Dear Right Wing Reactionary,I hope that someday you, or your family, will have the oppurtunity to live in poverty without healthcare, social security or welfare. Then, possibly, you could experience the utter dispare and...

Objectivity in Journalism: Real and Imaginary

New York Sun television critic David Blum weighs in with this confused piece on Peter Arnett's firing: This has been a dark week in the history of American television--and all because of a warp-speed rush to judgment by a network more concerned with supporting its...

An Open Letter to Richard Perle

Richard Perle is the chairman of the Defense Policy Board, a Department of Defense advisory panel made up of leading figures in national security and defense; he is also a resident fellow of the American Enterprise Institute. In the Reagan Administration he served as...

The Moral Cowardice of France and Germany

France and Germany will pay a woeful price for their cravenness. They have tipped their hand. Their Muslim populations now know that these governments will crumble before them; it’s only a matter of time before the “domestic disturbances” start.

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