Assessing Responsibility for the OSU Attack

December 2, 2016 Walter Montgomery 13

How would a normal leftist assess what just happened at Ohio State University? As you know by now, the attacker was a Somali born Muslim man. Not long ago, he was featured in Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern. In the story he said, I mean, I’m new here. This is my first day. This place is huge, and I don’t even know where to pray. I wanted to pray in the open, but I [Continue reading]

The Recount Dilemma

November 29, 2016 Walter Montgomery 4

In one of the least surprising turn of events since Donald Trump won the presidential election, leftists are demanding recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. The irony of such requests is probably not lost on our readers, but let’s highlight it anyway. The people calling for recounts are the same people who object to voter ID laws, due in part to the supposed incredibly low rate of voter fraud. Why do we need a recount [Continue reading]

What is the Core Principle of the Alt-Right?

November 7, 2016 Walter Montgomery 13

Earlier this week, Federal Philosopher explained why she, as a conservative, is not chummy with the so-called alt-right. In the comments section, others called the alt-right an enemy to conservatism. I watched the discussion that ensued with great interest, as I had never even heard of the alt-right before Trump’s nomination, and I am still trying to figure out what exactly it is. In this piece, I hope to make some headway with respect to [Continue reading]

Blacks in Philosophy

September 22, 2016 Walter Montgomery 34

Recently at Daily Nous, Justin W. posted on the fact that the percentage of blacks in professional philosophy lags behind the percentage of blacks that make up the American population. In the title of the post, he calls this a problem—‘Diversity in Philosophy: Is the Problem Lack of Pre-College Exposure?’. Justin W. summarizes the situation succinctly (and the study from which he pulls the data is here): …though blacks in the U.S. make up over [Continue reading]

The Monolithic Academy

September 16, 2016 Walter Montgomery 2

Anyone who is around academics regularly is bound to encounter academic arrogance, and disdain for traditional, small-town America. For instance, take a look at this piece, featured on Brian Leiter’s blog. What’s it like teaching at a small university in a tiny town? As time goes on, you’ll feel kind of like you live in a time warp and the modern world will become strange and fascinating to you. You’ll meet locals who have never [Continue reading]