Robert Weissberg

Robert Weissberg is a retired professor (emeritus) of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He writes from New York.

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  • Resisting Totalitarian Impulses In an Individualist World
    January 12, 2021

    Resisting Totalitarian Impulses In an Individualist World

    3 ½ min

    Ignoring the limits of people’s ability to change invites the government to engage in totalitarian measures.

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  • Identity Politics Means Rule by Useful Idiots
    December 30, 2020

    Identity Politics Means Rule by Useful Idiots

    3 ¾ min

    Identity politics is not about filling positions of power with those who “look like America.” Rather, it is about populating government with not especially bright ideologues.

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  • The Warren Rule, Part Two: The Pushback to Ending Racial Preferences
    February 17, 2020

    The Warren Rule, Part Two: The Pushback to Ending Racial Preferences

    3 ¼ min

    Last week I wrote about the first stage in my proposed plan to end racial preferences in the U.S. university system by using the ready availability of genetic testing services, such as 23andMe and others, to broaden the definitions of multicultural identity to the point where these distinctions become meaningless. I’ve named it “The Warren Rule,” in honor of the Massachusetts senator who identified as Native American despite having a genetic link to the continent’s original inhabitants of…

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  • The Warren Rule: A Modest Proposal to End Racial Preferences
    February 10, 2020

    The Warren Rule: A Modest Proposal to End Racial Preferences

    3 ¾ min

    Racial preferences in higher education continue to linger despite numerous efforts to kill them off. Yes, voters can ban them, research can show their pernicious impact on intended beneficiaries, and judges can narrow their scope. However, they still persist and nothing on the horizon suggests that the end is near.

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  • September 2001

    Who's Slave and Who's Massa?

    11 ¼ min

    Of all the strange bedfellows that politics attracts, one of the oddest is the enduring liaison between the black civil-rights establishment and white liberal academics.

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