At our offices, we have a habit of saying the magazine’s name with an emphasis on the second member—The AMERICAN Conservative. As you might expect from that, we are enthusiastic about the Fourth of July, and wax sentimental about our fair country amid the hot dogs and sparklers. Professor Adam Ellwanger joins our reverie with his reflection on the latest (and last) installment of the Indiana Jones series of movies, “Indiana Jones, Independence Day, and the Presence of the Past.”
Despite the holiday, much has happened in the wide world. Last Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, and so ended the affirmative action regime in college admissions. Helen Andrews, our print editor, speculates on the effects of this change in “The Price of Admissions,” looking at the demise of affirmative action through the lens of a quota regime from the first half of the last century.
Speaking of fair Harvard and her sons, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., is running for the Democratic presidential nomination. In our print edition, Bill Kauffman records an internal dialogue on what this throwback lace-curtain candidate portends for the country — “Me and Bobby the K.”