Richard Just

Richard Just is the deputy editor of The New Republic. From September 2002 until December 2003, he was editor of The American Prospect Online. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 2001, with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. At Princeton, he was the editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian.

Richard is also the founder and executive director of The Daily Princetonian Class of 2001 Summer Journalism Program, a 10-day program for students from under-resourced high schools who are planning to pursue careers in journalism. The program is held annually on the campus of Princeton University; its inaugural session took place in August 2002.

Recent Articles

Voucher Nation?

Forget the Pledge of Allegiance ruling. The real legal blow of the last few weeks to American patriotism was delivered not by an eccentric panel of Circuit Court judges, but by the U.S. Supreme Court -- in its 5-to-4 decision declaring school vouchers constitutional. For years, libertarian conservatives and the religious right have, for different reasons, touted vouchers as the savior of American education. That they still do should come as no shock. But far more surprising is that no segment of the post-September 11 right has risen to question vouchers on the grounds where they are most vulnerable: that they undermine the foundations of American unity -- indeed, of American nationalism.

Hire the Clueless

Some say John Peter Suarez is a well-regarded career public servant, a "fair and balanced prosecutor" who has gained a reputation as a "very thorough" attorney while assembling the résumé of a government lawyer on the rise. He therefore may seem an unsurprising choice for a position in the federal regulatory apparatus -- but he is, by any standard, a bizarre selection for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) post for which the Bush administration has nominated him.

Democracy Hypocrisy

On June 5, Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistani ambassador to the United States, appeared on "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" to make her nation's case in the Kashmir dispute. Near the end of the interview, she said Pakistan's desire was to bring about "democracy" in Kashmir. It was a noble sentiment -- and a ludicrous one, too, coming as it did from a spokeswoman for a military dictatorship. But most viewers probably yawned right through Lodhi's cynical deployment of the word "democracy" in defense of Pakistan's foreign policy. We have grown so accustomed to hearing dictators and despots invoke democratic principles to justify their own ends that we have stopped feeling outrage when they do.

Confederate Flap

During the 1920s, T.C. Williams's father purchased some
lots surrounding the family's modest home in Suffolk, Virginia. The youngest of
eight children, Williams, now 82, is a true Suffolkian -- a term longtime
residents of this city, sandwiched between the James River and the North Carolina
border, use with pride. But Williams, who is black, did not grow up in downtown
Suffolk. Outside the city, past where the pavement ended, past where the lighting
dimmed, and then another 15 minutes by foot -- that was where the Williams
family lived. "Suffolk to me -- now that I'm able to compare -- was like
Johannesburg," he says. His community was like Soweto.

Keep Enrolling:

In the week since I published a piece criticizing a Berkeley instructor's exclusion of pro-Israel students from his class -- but defending his right to teach from a pro-Palestinian point of view -- I have heard the same criticisms again and again. The following letter is typical: