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Kevin Portteus
Kevin Portteus is an associate professor at Hillsdale College, where he holds the Lawrence Fertig chair in politics.

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh began with a series of embarrassing spectacles engineered by Leftists in and out of the Senate. Inside, Democratic Senators interrupted the proceedings at least 40 times in…

We all knew it would happen eventually. The social justice warriors, having spent their fury on monuments to the Confederacy, have gone in search of other targets. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, they have set their sights on America’s sixteenth…

Abraham Lincoln told an 1864 audience that “the world has never had a good definition of the word ‘liberty.’” Different people can define liberty in different, even contradictory ways, so that both sides in a conflict can claim to the…

by Kevin Portteus | Oct 30, 2013

I NEVER WENT to graduate school, but I did graduate studies of a kind in a D.A.’s office. The district attorney was Jim Garrison, and his main interest was the assassination of President Kennedy. I worked with Garrison for two…

I spent a couple of nights in Berkeley. That may bring student radicals to mind, but they are long gone. Some of the professors still at the university no doubt filled the bill, but now they hold the whip hand…

Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design By Stephen C. Meyer (HarperOne, 496 pages, $28.99) Recently the Discovery Institute’s Stephen Meyer published Darwin’s Doubt, a book that raises many questions about the theory…

by Kevin Portteus | Aug 7, 2013

THE SOVIET mathematician Igor Shafarevich once spelled out the elements that have inspired socialists throughout the ages. Having won many prizes, he was freed from Soviet oversight and spent his days in the Moscow University library. Not surprisingly, it was…

GLOBAL WARMING BECAME the environmentalists cause celebre in the late 1980s. They had turned on a dime, for only a few years earlier global cooling had been their mantra. They didn’t know what had caused that earlier “cooling trend,” but…

I’ve given up on network television, but I still often watch the PBS NewsHour, mostly out of habit. Until about three years ago it was run by Jim Lehrer, who today is called executive editor.  But his connection has become ever…

A few words first about Downton Abbey. I’ll assume that its upstairs/downstairs formula is familiar to readers. One of the BBC show’s great merits is that its creator, Julian Fellowes, does not indulge in class war. Lord Grantham is “probably…

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