On the Campus

A farmer in a suit admires his corn with graduation caps

Student loans are another crisis for the benefit of government.

By Justin Katz | March 20, 2024 |

Whatever one’s political leanings, the incentives of government must be understood as simply reality.  Government agencies don’t have to create a product or service that people will voluntarily purchase.  Rather, they must find activities for which they can justify forcing people who are not the direct beneficiaries to pay.  This model is justified, in some…

A water drop and ripples

Plotting degree prices versus earnings 10-years later yields unexpected results in Rhode Island.

By Justin Katz | March 4, 2024 |

This is certainly not where I’d have placed the dots if somebody asked me to guess: That Rhode Island College is the least expensive, and doesn’t seem to produce a great effect isn’t a surprise.  Johnson & Whales, however, is surprising, and New England Institute of Technology is even more so, both in how expensive…

A water drop and ripples

There’s a subtler lesson about the lie of Biden’s loan forgiveness.

By Justin Katz | February 27, 2024 |

Brian’s got this right, but it’s not the entire story: $3.4 million to 450 people is $7,556 each.  That’s not life-changing money; it’s purely a political handout at others’ expense.  Wait until the kids discover how limited this handout is, by the way.  Most of them are actually struggling with their private loans, which tend to…

A water drop and ripples

Our institutions are guided by primitive and simplistic racism

By Justin Katz | February 14, 2024 |

I used to spend time pointing out the problem with this sort of bean-counting racism (and sexism), but it hardly seems interesting anymore.  The findings aren’t meant to indicate anything real; they’re simply intended to promote a simple-minded ideology.  We can see this in the fact that the conclusions only ever point in one direction. …

Dan McKee as a cartoon fantasy knight

Politics This Week: Living the Fantasies of the Powerful

By Justin Katz | December 27, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss various fantasies of the ruling class in RI and the U.S.

Jose Clemente Orozco, The Clowns of War Arguing in Hell

Don’t ignore this telling statement from Brown University.

By Justin Katz | December 18, 2023 |

In the context of a young generation that thinks in terms of oppressor versus oppressed in a battle of mutual genocide, Brown University’s Otherization of everyday Americans is dangerous.

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Politics This Week: Conflicts of Truths

By Justin Katz | December 11, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss the rot and corruption of progressive-dominated Northeastern institutions.

A water drop and ripples

Our attitude toward college students (especially at Ivy League schools) puzzles me.

By Justin Katz | December 11, 2023 |

Maybe I’m getting old and crotchety, but these performances just seem so silly, lately: They’re basically elitists passing through on their way to lives of privilege and entitlement, yet we act simultaneously as if they’ve got some long-standing right to dictate the actions of the institutions and that those institutions’ highest purpose is to give…

A mechanic stares down a destroyed machine

Politics This Week: The Era of Mismanagement

By Justin Katz | December 4, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz challenge the common wisdom in RI government, media, and higher education.

A water drop and ripples

URI shows what we’re training younger generations for.

By Justin Katz | December 4, 2023 |

Yes, of course, we’re decades into college radicals provoking tutting responses from the normies with events like “Sex Fest,” details of which Anthony De’Ellena shares here, and it’s getting boring and cliché: A significant development, though, is that these events are now developed and promoted by official centers of the institution, which deliberately promote activities…