Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How Not to Defend Free Speech

Robert Ménard defends free speech so stridently and so obnoxiously that one wishes he weren't quite so in thrall to what his equally strident interviewer calls la liberté du buzz:

Robert Ménard by franceinter

Private Financing of Public Universities in France

An innovation:

French universities, long entirely dependent on the state for their finances, have set up 39 private foundations to receive donations, the country’s higher education minister, Valérie Pécresse, announced Wednesday.

Kapil Takes On Cohen

I had thought of criticizing Roger Cohen's column about Sarkozy in last Sunday's Times, but I find Cohen often to be such a lazy, careless writer that I decided not to bother. But I'm glad that Arun Kapil took up the challenge. Read what he has to say and you'll see why you can skip most columns by Roger Cohen.