Author Archives: Fenster

About Fenster

Gainfully employed for thirty years, including as one of those high paid college administrators faculty complain about. Earned Ph.D. late in life and converted to the faculty side. Those damn administrators are ruining everything.

Tourism Bah Humbug

Fenster writes: I was talking recently with a veteran of the international luxury hotel industry.  He’d spent his career traveling the world and living in interesting locales. His commentary on the current scene: a sour and angry “I hate tourism.  … Continue reading

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“We desperately need our own version of the First Amendment”

Fenster writes: You may have read about the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decision a few days ago which “upheld a conviction against an Austrian woman who called the Islamic prophet Muhammed a ‘pedophile.’”

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Montaigne Again

Fenster writes: Montaigne shows up here on UR quite a bit.  I won’t do links this time.  Look ’em up if you want.  So permit me to just start in digressing. In her bio of Montaigne Sarah Bakewell describes the … Continue reading

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The Truth Shall Make You Free?

Fenster writes: A blog post by the physicist Stephen Hsu on the need to own up to group differences driven by genes. Hsu writes: We are scientists, seeking truth. We are not slaves to ideological conformity. True. But I always … Continue reading

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The Good Censor

Fenster writes: I read about Google’s semi-official report The Good Censor on Breitbart, which broke the story. If you are unfamiliar with the story check out the Breitbart coverage first.  The gist: An internal company briefing produced by Google and … Continue reading

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Sokal Redux Reflux

Fenster writes: I recently contrasted the hard-edged doctrine of diversity in today’s academy with its emerging form, still then subject to some level of skepticism, in the more innocent 1990s. Way back in the 1990’s, back before our current sophisticated … Continue reading

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Fenster writes: Mandatory paternity leave? Who needs government meddling in private life when in our free enterprise system we can leave it to the private sector? Rod Dreher passes along a Kav Kartoon, with disapproval. Now Ted Kennedy.  A man’s … Continue reading

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