AboutGlenn C. Loury, Author at Affluent Christian Investor
Trump-Russia Collusion Witch Hunt Will Relegate Democrats to a Generation of Irrelevance
Why am I, Glenn Cartman Loury — an inveterate contrarian, remember — so unenthusiastic about the Trump-Russia collusion story?
Sorry friends but, much to the disappointment and distress of many of my beloved acquaintances and valued associates who are obsessive … Read More
Markets Optimistic in Post-Election Environment
Both the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ 100 indices indicate sharp upward movement in the six weeks immediately after the US presidential election. Moreover, the University of Michigan’s widely noted Index of Consumer … Read More
Voter ID Laments Patronizing and Infantilizing to Black Voters
A bot — representing itself as New Jersey’s (black) senator, Cory Booker — has asked me on to sign a petition demanding that Congress nullify the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder — the case which struck … Read More
A Friend Asks Me What I Think About Trumpism
In case anybody is wondering (based on some of my recent, seemingly pro-Trump posts), a friend asked me this question recently, and here’s what I said:
I think “America First” is a terrible, disgusting sentiment. (There are 7 billion people … Read More
Do Low Skilled Immigrants Hurt Black Workers? And, No, That Question Isn’t Racist
I find it to be ironic that it has taken Donald J. Trump to bring to the fore the obvious conflict of interest that exists between low-skilled American workers (of whatever ethnicity), on the one hand, and low-skilled foreign workers … Read More
Should a Renewed “Conversation About Race” in the US Be Allowed to Touch on the Race-IQ Debate?
Donald Trump has recently been trying to talk about the social disadvantage of African Americans. He is, given his background and to say the least, far from an ideal vehicle to encourage a productive discourse on this issue. The … Read More
Why Would I Defend Bill Clinton?
Some friends have objected to my recent post, extolling the political good sense of former President Clinton after his recent controversial rebuke of black protesters who interrupted a speech he was giving in Philadelphia last week. Here, FYI, is my … Read More
My Black Chicago Is Going to Hell in a Handbasket
After demonizing them, is it okay to ask the cops for some more help?
The neighborhoods in which I grew up on the South and Southeast side of Chicago — east of the Dan Ryan Expressway and south of … Read More
Bill Clinton “Goes Off” On #BlackLivesMatter Protestors
Today’s racial liberalism is largely defined by this attitude: “Say ‘black lives matter’, and not ‘All lives matter’! Don’t you get it?”
This flawed posture has been uncritically embraced across “progressive” America. But, just last week, Bill Clinton said some … Read More
Concerned About Black Identity Based on Victimhood
Charles Krauthammer, speaking as a Jew, in the face of powerful forces of secularization and assimilation, argues here that American Jewish identity must not be reduced to victimhood (i.e., to be rooted primarily in memorialization of the Holocaust.) This … Read More
Racial Egalitarians Everywhere, Please Stop the Name-Calling and Get Serious
During the recent oral argument on the affirmative action case involving the University of Texas before the US Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia aggressively questioned the counsel defending the University’s use of race in its admissions processes, speculating at one … Read More
All for Whom Black Lives Truly Matter, Hear This: We Desperately Need More ‘Nehemiah Projects’
I was led to think after reading this piece by Bankole Thompson, an African American columnist writing in the Detroit News, about the devastating impact of so-called “black on black” violence in his city. His lament could be repeated in … Read More
Warning: Micro-Aggressive Statement To Follow
Sensitive souls may want to avert their eyes or seek intellectual cover.
I’ve had it up to here with the smugly self-righteous pronouncement of many of the black lives matter devotees from whom I’ve heard so much in recent days. … Read More
What Kind of ‘Scholar of Color’ I Am
Here is your answer: A summary of the scholarly contributions of Glenn C. Loury, Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences, Brown University
Over the course of my academic career I have published dozens of scholarly articles in economics … Read More
On “Marginalized Students of Color”
In precisely what does the “marginalization” of “students of color” consist at the most competitive, demanding, selective, elite institutions of intellectual endeavor on this planet (like the Harvard Law School, which has spawned a “person of color” who went on … Read More
Where is Africa in Today’s Debates about Race and Inequality?
(This post is occasioned by my work with a group of scholars at my home university who are concerned to raise the profile of Africa studies there.)
There needs to be a broader vision injected into the current concerns … Read More
On the Problem of Self-Regard
As many of you know, I’m writing a memoir during this sabbatical year, which means I’m engaged in a reflexive, self-regarding activity. And, while I have my peculiar story to tell, it is apparent that I will also need … Read More
Calling Scalia a Racist is Despicable
To call Justice Scalia a “racist” because of what he said during oral arguments on the affirmative action case now before the Court is a despicable slander which reveals that the name-callers are left with no real arguments…
Here’s the … Read More
Why Would I Defend Antonin Scalia?
That’s the question some “friends” are asking, given the several posts to that effect which I have put up. Here’s your answer, “friends”:
My point about Scalia was that calling him a racist (I have no idea what his motives … Read More
The Ironies of Affirmative Action
(I borrowed the title of this post from a good book by John David Skrentny of the sociology department at UC San Diego — though I wish not to implicate him in what follows.)
Don’t like test scores? Many proponents … Read More
I’m Not Against Affirmative Action, But Here’s What I’m For
Friends: I’m catching hell from people accusing me, in so many words, of being a self-hating black elitist who wants to brag about not needing affirmative action, even as I support a conservative Supreme Court justice who would take it … Read More
Is “Meritocracy” Bunk?
Stimulated by two colleagues arguing over whether a fight to uphold academic standards is worth the candle, I had a thought. One was worried about upholding standards and the other was saying all this talk about “merit” is just cover … Read More
To All Who Think That “Black Lives Matter”, Hear This
I just read a very strong essay by the economist Robert Cherry of the Graduate Center, CUNY, which is forthcoming in the magazine National Affairs. It is probing, wise, balanced and grounded in careful empirical research. It is not … Read More