John Leo is a columnist and editor of MindingTheCampus.com and a former contributing editor at U.S. News and World Report.
Mr. Leo is a former associate editor fo Commonwealth magazine, a former book editor of the sociology magazine Society, and a former deputy commissioner of New York City's Environmental Protection Administration.
He launched the "Press Clips" column in The Village Voice.
His popular "Ralph & Wanda" dialogues -- imaginary conversations between a liberal feminist and her conservative masculinist husband -- began in Time magazine and later were featured in McCall's. Many of them are included in his book of humor How the Russians Invented Baseball and Other Essays of Enlightenment (1989).
He lives with his wife and daughter in Manhattan
Last week was a tough one for Stephen Reinhardt, the most liberal judge on the most liberal federal circuit (9th). The Supreme Court agreed to hear the state of California's appeal in the "buttons" murder case.
In a surprising editorial, The Washington Post deviated from the conventional anti-Bush media position on two counts.
Mr. Answer Man, why is it that many people don't like the idea of Katie Couric becoming the new Dan Rather? Is it because, after all those father figures, it's jarring to get the national kid sister? If we're going to bypass Dad, why can't we have a reassuring mother figure instead of turning immediately to one of the perky kids?
In his 1995 book "The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy," the late Christopher Lasch argued that America's political and cultural elites had opened up a gap between themselves and ordinary Americans.
The controversy over gay adoptions in Massachusetts is an issue that can be framed two ways.
Like many news junkies, I’ve noticed that stories putting Muslims in a bad light tend to be sketchy and underreported.
Rachel Corrie, a young American woman accidentally flattened by an Israeli bulldozer during a protest in Gaza three years ago, is a hero to Palestinians and the anti-American left.
Law professor Eugene Volokh calls it “censorship envy.” Muslims in Europe want the same sort of censorship that many nations now offer to other aggrieved groups.
We are awash in euphemisms and evasive language.
Mickey Kaus at Kausfiles.com says that the gay-cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain has the same marketing strategy as Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11.
Is the biggest issue in the cartoon controversy free expression, sensitivity or fear? One vote here for none of the above.
The cartoon controversy is an ugly one-Muslim boycotts of Danish goods, death threats against publications that ran the cartoon and against a number of Christians and westerners in Arab countries.
Liberals wage many battles, but have you heard which one is the major struggle now?
Certainly our culture is awash in lies-politicians, professors, reporters, columnists, scientists, etc., so much so that numbness has set in.
Consider the narrative line for Samuel Alito’s life. It’s perfect. He comes from a white ethnic community that valued family, tradition, patriotism and the Democratic party.
Did New Orleans blacks die at a higher rate than whites in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? On the evidence so far, the answer is no.
People no longer bother much to create new aphorisms, adages and memorable sayings. But when they do, this column boldly moves to collect them.
“Tookie” Williams, put to death by lethal injection last week in California, was a “legend” who underwent “a meaningful martyrdom that sent a lasting message to the world,” according to old-time leftist Tom Hayden.
What is your "holiday" IQ?
The case of Michelle McCusker, the unmarried and pregnant teacher fired by a Catholic school, may turn out to be an important one, with heavy impact on our understanding of religious liberty.