Author: Alexander Riley

Alexander Riley is professor of sociology at Bucknell University and a senior fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. His writing can be found at https://alexanderriley.substack.com/. All views expressed are his and do not represent the views of his employer.

First-Year College Reading: Almost No Reading Required

The common first-year reading for new students at my university this year was a comic book—or a ‘graphic novel,’ in the Newspeak of our contemporary culture. In it, George Takei (Mr. Sulu of Star Trek fame), through a team of ghostwriters, tells a monolithically woke version of the story of Japanese internment during WWII. First point: This is […]

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Colleges Helped Cause the Enrollment Crash

There is considerable talk these days about the enrollment crash in higher education, especially in liberal-arts education. The Chronicle of Higher Education has been expressing worry about this crisis for several years and has provided evidence supporting it. In 2019, Bucknell University’s former vice president for enrollment management, Bill Conley, penned one such article, describing […]

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The White Privilege “Research” Racket

How to Invent a False Reality in Just a Few Easy Steps White privilege has in recent years become one of the conceptual centers of much academic activity and publication. The quantity of “research” purporting to show the consequences of white privilege in this, that, or another realm of social life is now growing at […]

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On Cultural Marxism, the Antisemitic Conspiracy Theory? Woke Deception at Wikipedia

The best defense is a good offense. Wokeists in cultural elite circles know this well. Some critics of their radical agenda began noticing that there is a body of long-established academic writing about revolutionary politics, known as cultural Marxism, behind their efforts and launched an attack on those ideas and thinkers. The Wokeists responded with […]

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Debunking the Debunker

The racist, determinist, and anti-individualist mythology behind Robin DiAngelo’s “most common myths white people believe about race” Robin DiAngelo has suddenly gotten very well-known and much wealthier because of her tapping by cultural and educational elites as one of the “experts” on white racism and concomitant non-white suffering. The university at which I am employed […]

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Dear Outraged College Student

Dear Outraged College Student: I just read your op-ed in the student newspaper. I can see from it that you are distressed. A speaker with whom you disagree has been invited to come give a talk at the school you attend. You feel it is an outrage against decency, justice, and diversity that this speaker […]

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On the Death Penalty, Race, Elite Opinion, and the New Social Desirability Bias

In a university course on the sociology of death and dying that I teach, we spend a few weeks discussing the death penalty. Students in my class are uniformly surprised to find on the syllabus sources that argue for it as well as authors taking up the other side of the issue. As is the […]

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A Visit to the Woke Bookstore

Your local university bookstore, bringing Woke culture to a backward small town near you It was just Commencement Weekend at the central Pennsylvania liberal arts college where I teach. COVID restrictions looked to be in serious retreat around town, as families were excitedly milling about on the main drag, many mask-free, and the whole area […]

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