For most Americans, I have little doubt—even for those who have bothered thinking about it at all — there is little or no connection between the decline of the humanities from many of our universities and the increasingly violent divisions between right and left, red and blue and liberal and…

This year Christmas came early to . Not just in the recesses of the dollar store aisles where the trappings push up against Halloween and Thanksgiving. It also came with the public celebration of the West Virginia tree for the U.S. Capitol when it passed through town along with a p…