Bilingualism vs. “Bilingual Education”

Ron Unz
Chairman of The Higher Wages Alliance, and Candidate for U.S. Senate

When I’m driving, my car radio is invariably tuned to KOIT, the leading “easy listening” station in the San Francisco Bay area. My tastes are humdrum and unsophisticated, so the songs merely provide some pleasant background music, occasionally punctuated by commercial ads, mostly annoying but occasionally amusing. One of the better ones began running only […]

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My Take on the First Senate Debate

Ron Unz
Chairman of The Higher Wages Alliance, and Candidate for U.S. Senate

For most of the past year, California’s ongoing U.S. Senate race for the seat held by retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer has received virtually no public attention, partly because the lack of the usual millions in television advertising led few people to even realize it was even happening. More recently, the total focus on the Republican […]

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My Last Minute Decision to Enter the U.S. Senate Race in CA

Ron Unz
Chairman of The Higher Wages Alliance, and Candidate for U.S. Senate

As some of you may have already heard, a few days ago I made a last-minute decision to enter the U.S. Senate race for the seat of retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer in California. I took out my official papers early Monday morning and returned them with the necessary 65 signatures of registered voters on Wednesday afternoon, the last possible day […]

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Asian Quotas in the Ivy League? “We See Nothing! Nothing!”

Ron Unz
Chairman of The Higher Wages Alliance, and Candidate for U.S. Senate

I was invited to speak at the annual conference of the Education Writers Association, with the topic of my panel being the perspective of Asian-Americans on Affirmative Action policies in college admissions.  Despite having the only white face among the four presenters, I believe my analysis made a useful contribution. A couple of months ago, the issue […]

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English and Meritocracy: The Gullibility of Our Political and Media Elites

Ron Unz
Chairman of The Higher Wages Alliance, and Candidate for U.S. Senate

Last week I noted in a column that the California Republicans in the Education Committee of the State Senate had joined an 8-to-0 vote to repeal Proposition 227 and restore Spanish-almost-only “bilingual education” in our schools. The academic performance of over a million immigrant student had doubled in the four years following the implementation of intensive English immersion programs, […]

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Romney, Santorum, and Pawlenty Endorse a Minimum Wage Hike—Do I See a Republican Trend?

Ron Unz
Chairman of The Higher Wages Alliance, and Candidate for U.S. Senate

Several top national Republicans including Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Tim Pawlenty all publicly declared their support for raising the federal minimum wage. Such a dramatic political breakthrough—obviously coordinated at the highest levels—greatly increases the likelihood it will actually happen, and tens of millions of low-wage American workers will see a large rise in their annual […]

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California Republicans Vote to Restore “Bilingual Education”

Ron Unz
Chairman of The Higher Wages Alliance, and Candidate for U.S. Senate

After almost seventeen years history may be about to repeat itself in California politics, though perhaps with a strong element of farce. Late last week, the Senate Education Committee voted 8-to-0 to place a measure on the November 2016 ballot repealing Prop. 227 and restoring “bilingual education” in California public schools. The long-dormant Language Wars may be […]

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Banquo’s Ghost as a Minimum Wage Initiative

Ron Unz
Chairman of The Higher Wages Alliance, and Candidate for U.S. Senate

In all respects except one, the last week couldn’t have been better for my California initiative to raise the state minimum wage to $12 per hour, the highest in the America. NPR broadcast a remarkably long 14 minute interview segment on my effort. Although the airing of the show had been delayed a couple of weeks, […]

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Walmart, Peter Thiel, the Weekly Standard, and Other Dog-Biters

Ron Unz
Chairman of The Higher Wages Alliance, and Candidate for U.S. Senate

Our media naturally tends to cover stories that are surprising or unexpected far more than boringly routine ones, and this has certainly been a central aspect of my ongoing initiative campaign to raise the California minimum wage to $12 per hour, the highest rate in America. Labor unions and some prominent liberals have promoted minimum […]

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The Conservative Case for a Higher Minimum Wage

Ron Unz
Chairman of The Higher Wages Alliance, and Candidate for U.S. Senate

Over the last couple of months the minimum wage has moved into the political headlines, but most of the arguments for raising it have come from liberals.  That’s fine, but since I’m not a liberal, I’d rather focus on the conservative reasons for supporting a much higher minimum wage, which are just as compelling. Cutting […]

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