Robert Weissberg

Robert Weissberg is a professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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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

    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

    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?

    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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  • Election Day: A Means of State Control
    November 1996

    Election Day: A Means of State Control

    Interpreting elections is a national spectator sport, offering as many "meanings" as there arc board-certified spin doctors. Nevertheless, all of these disparate revelations, insights, and brilliant interpretations share a common, unthinking vision: elections, despite their divisive, contentious character, exist to facilitate citizen power over government.

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  • Shadowmetrics
    February 1996


    The public opinion poll has become an ubiquitous feature of modern life. Seventy years ago, there were no professional pollsters. Fifty years ago only a handful—Gallup, Roper—served as takers of the public pulse.

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  • June 1994

    The Death of Natural Causes

    Let us begin with the obvious: sooner or later, everyone dies. Even Bill and Hillary say they know that. No amount of money will head off the inevitable. We cannot "cure" death like we might rebuild our inner cities or clean up the air. At best, we can use modern medicine to cheat death for a few years.

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  • January 1994

    Food, Felons, and Foreign Aid

    America's attempts to help the former Soviet Union have proven exceptionally frustrating. Nearly all government officials. Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, realize that something ought to be done.

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  • Notes From the Abyss
    September 1992

    Notes From the Abyss

    How are we-the campus conservatives-to think of ourselves in the sea of political correctness? Perhaps we adopt the attitude of the left, and view ourselves as the real but unacknowledged victims of oppression, casualties in the war for diversity and sensitivity.

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