iOS app Android app

Linda Hirshman
GET UPDATES FROM Linda Hirshman

Blog Entries by Linda Hirshman

Friends, Romans, Countrymen... Not

Posted August 29, 2009 | 15:57:00 (EST)

So I sat through all the unfamiliar ceremony, the maudlin commentary, and the endless repetitions of the speech at the 1980 Democratic Convention, waiting for President Obama to take the body in his arms and tell the nation how this death sets the scene for a renewed commitment to heroic...

Read Post

I'm Not a Theologian but I Play One at the Times

Posted May 19, 2009 | 17:26:03 (EST)

It's a good thing Ross Douthat is back to empty calories. His column last week invoking the recent Pew poll on support for abortion actually required some research and analysis, at least to see what the Pew poll really meant. Most analysts dismissed the usually reliable Pew as putting...

Read Post

A Hole in the Hole

Posted May 6, 2009 | 19:33:25 (EST)

Wondering what happened to Douthat Watch (the Times published the second installment of Ross Douthat's efforts in the distinctly provisional online forum)?

You have to have very good eyes to see nothing.

The column, an embarrassingly vapid description of how the Republican Party needs a "center" but not one...

Read Post

Douthat Watch: Boring New Party

Posted April 28, 2009 | 11:31:58 (EST)

I hope the New York Times is not counting on Ross Douthat's weekly columns to raise its new media levee against the rising tide. Douthat's maiden effort, "Cheney for President," which appeared without explanation (apprenticeship? coyness?) web-only today, is so boring and dated that it might have come...

Read Post

Ross Douthat Watch Lesson One: Money Is Fungible

Posted April 14, 2009 | 12:40:48 (EST)

While we wait for Ross Douthat to make his debut on the Times opinion page, this seems like a good time to get some of his basic strategies out. As the Chinese saying goes, teach a person what crap looks like and they will recognize crap for the rest of...

Read Post

Newspaper Boy: Announcing Ross Douthat Watch

Posted April 10, 2009 | 15:31:14 (EST)

In a week or so, the Atlantic magazine wunderkind, the 29-year-old conservative blogger Ross Douthat will start his career as a regular columnist for the New York Times. The announcement of his appointment caused a flurry in the blogosphere. Conservatives generally praised the selection; some liberal writers...

Read Post

We Call on You Lord: Leaked Rick Warren Invocation

Posted December 19, 2008 | 17:37:24 (EST)

(NOTE: Copies of what seemed to be a draft of an inaugural invocation by Pastor Rick Warren arrived in the fax machines of several prominent journalists this morning. This site does not vouch for the authenticity of the draft, although each of the statements does conform to material in Pastor...

Read Post

Chapter Seven: Underground Jeep

Posted October 21, 2008 | 10:58:31 (EST)

"Feeling better?"
It was the woman again. Daylight was filtering through the open door from what she now knew was an empty room. What was she, the housekeeper or something? She was pretty young to be a single woman, even if she was sort of plain. There were...

Read Post

Red State, Chapter Six: Waiting

Posted October 17, 2008 | 09:54:33 (EST)

A hundred plus years ago runaway slaves escaped to the North, pursued by their owners and the federal marshals. I was teaching my law students about the legal battles over the runaway slaves when I suddenly realized that this was what the world could be like if the Court...

Read Post

Red State, Chapter Five: A Rainbow Road

Posted October 14, 2008 | 09:14:27 (EST)

A hundred plus years ago runaway slaves escaped to the North, pursued by their owners and the federal marshals. I was teaching my law students about the legal battles over the runaway slaves when I suddenly realized that this was what the world could be like if the Court...

Read Post

Red State, Chapter Four: Old Spice

Posted October 10, 2008 | 11:53:33 (EST)

A hundred plus years ago runaway slaves escaped to the North, pursued by their owners and the federal marshals. I was teaching my law students about the legal battles over the runaway slaves when I suddenly realized that this was what the world could be like if the Court...

Read Post

Red State, Chapter Three: Garaged

Posted October 7, 2008 | 09:43:41 (EST)

A hundred plus years ago runaway slaves escaped to the North, pursued by their owners and the federal marshals. I was teaching my law students about the legal battles over the runaway slaves when I suddenly realized that this was what the world could be like if the Court...

Read Post

Red State, Chapter Two: Dream

Posted October 6, 2008 | 18:34:46 (EST)

A hundred plus years ago runaway slaves escaped to the North, pursued by their owners and the federal marshals. I was teaching my law students about the legal battles over the runaway slaves when I suddenly realized that this was what the world could be like if the Court...

Read Post

Red State, Chapter One: Safe

Posted September 30, 2008 | 09:14:47 (EST)

A hundred plus years ago runaway slaves escaped to the North, pursued by their owners and the federal marshals. I was teaching my law students about the legal battles over the runaway slaves when I suddenly realized that this was what the world could be like if the Court...

Read Post

Is the Woman in the Year of the Woman Sarah Palin?

Posted September 4, 2008 | 13:05:46 (EST)

I just heard Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC reporting a conversation with a female delegate at the Republican convention last night. Before vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's speech, the delegate allegedly told Mitchell that she was pro-choice and therefore little inclined to support Palin, who believes that the government should force...

Read Post

Nice Point Hillary, Now We'll Just Wait for McCain to Make It

Posted August 20, 2008 | 14:17:23 (EST)

The legendary cartoon -- I think it was the New Yorker -- had a bunch of men and one woman sitting around a conference table. All eyes are on her, but it is the man at the head of the table who is speaking. "Nice point, Mary," he says. "Now...

Read Post

Liberal Principles Part III

Posted July 2, 2008 | 09:34:33 (EST)

Click here to read part I and part II


Third Principle: Minimal Altruism for Everyone Else

With the emergence of non-state actors in global affairs -- Al Qaeda being only the best known of many -- the question of how to treat people living in...

Read Post

Liberal Principles II: People Are Political Animals

Posted July 1, 2008 | 10:27:33 (EST)

This is Part II of a three part article. Part III will appear here tomorrow. Read Part I here.

Ever since the right launched its campaign to demonize the term, liberals have been worrying about their philosophical principles. When asked during the Democrats' You Tube debate, Hillary Clinton suggested...

Read Post

Liberal Principles

Posted June 30, 2008 | 10:43:45 (EST)

This is Part I of a three part article. Parts II will appear here tomorrow and part III on Wednesday.

I. Introduction: Reveille for Liberals

The Democrats smell blood. In the big Pew Trust survey of party identification, the Democrats' lead has gone from three points four years...

Read Post

The Everybody Movement Is A Nobody Movement

Posted June 12, 2008 | 13:36:08 (EST)

In their article for the Huffington Post Wednesday, Shireen Mitchell and Adele Stan take me on for criticizing intersectional feminism. Their headline ("A Feminist Focus Includes Everybody") makes my case better than I ever could. "We feminists" they cite me as saying "are just too damed (sic) concerned about things...

Read Post