National Columns

The Washington Post, beginning Nov. 1, 2019, will allow its syndicated columns to appear only in print. The columns will still be available as part of our e-edition newspaper online, but they will not be available as separate pieces on our website, ljworld.com. These columnists include George Will, David Ignatius, Michael Gerson and others. This does not affect other columnists like Leonard Pitts, Mona Charen, Connie Schultz and Mark Shields, who are not affiliated with the Washington Post.

Opinion: The war on ‘woke’ and what we learned from it

This isn’t going to be more musing about whether America has reached “peak woke.” But that is part of the story. So let’s start there. About a decade ago, many on the left embraced the word “woke,” a term with roots in African American culture and activism. It originally meant ...

Opinion: America’s tragedy is that Trump brought out the worst in us

You know the way Shakespeare created a portrait of a family’s hard feelings in King Lear, his tragedy about a raging, storming English king with three daughters? That play, set in Gloucester, speaks to me now of how Congress and the country are falling apart. It even takes me back to the ...

Opinion: Children are in charge on college campuses

A favorite quote from the recent campus conflicts comes from Adam Young, a freshman at the New School in New York. After student trespassers were arrested and hauled to police headquarters, he complained, “This is not OK ... We’re 18 years old.” Adam, there are 17-year-old Marines. ...

Opinion: Don’t tout ultra-processed food to kids

My son brought home a bookmark from school promoting the school’s spring book fair — and it doubled as a coupon to a fast-food restaurant. This isn’t the first “free kid’s meal” coupon my son has gotten. It’s a pretty common thing, and after the book I just read, it annoys ...

Opinion: America’s collapsing university system

Elite higher education in America — long unquestioned as globally preeminent — is facing a perfect storm. Fewer applicants, higher costs, impoverished students, collapsing standards, and increasingly politicized and mediocre faculty reflect a collapse of the university system. The ...

Opinion: The Gaza protests are a mirror image of MAGA

In the past few days, student protesters occupied Hamilton Hall at Columbia University and then were forcibly removed by New York police. I knew that building well when I was an undergrad there in the 1970s. Columbia, like most colleges, tended left. The campus had become notorious in 1968 ...