This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.

  • Student protesters more akin to Puritans

    by Niall Ferguson

    "Are the protesters “little Robespierres,” thirsting to tear up the constitutional guarantee of free speech? Are they pathetic products of lifelong mollycoddling, who just can’t cope with challenging ideas?"

  • Dead, White, and Blue

    by Barbara Ehrenreich

    The Great Die-Off of America's Blue Collar Whites

  • Who is Right in Syria?

    by Lawrence Davidson

    Stability can only be assured by the reimposition of order by Damascus. The folks in Washington, Paris and Ankara might not like that, but they are not the ones facing a future of anarchy. 

  • History to the Rescue

    by Drew Gilpin Faust

    In a moving piece in the NY Review of Books Harvard’s Drew Gilpin Faust says that a knowledge of history can help Americans grapple with the legacy of racism.

  • Roundup Top 10!

    This week's broad sampling of opinion pieces found on the Internet, as selected by the editors of HNN.