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The Resistance

Who Stands Up to the Mob?, Part 2 In yesterday’s edition, I gave an overview of the Great Purge that is attempting to eliminate from the public debate anyone or anything that runs afoul of left-wing mobs, whether in the streets or on Twitter. But I noted that the really important story is: Who stands […]

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The Humanitarian with the Molotov Cocktail

The rioters who tried to burn and beat their way to a better world over the past few weeks are about to learn a rough lesson. The same ever-present cellphone cameras that capture police misconduct—would we ever have heard George Floyd’s name if all we had was the cops’ own description of his death as […]

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The Great Purge

Who Stands Up to the Mob?, Part 1 The idealistic early days of the Revolution have a tendency to be followed by the chaos of the Terror. In the case of the George Floyd protests and the Black Lives Matter movement, we’ve pretty much decided to skip the Oath of the Tennis Court phase, ditch […]

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A Dangerous Servant and a Fearful Master

Trump’s authoritarian bloviating and the excessive force used by some police departments do not call for a radical leftist solution. They call for some good old-fashioned American wisdom about the role of government. George Washington is widely credited with the aphorism, “Government, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” (He may not […]

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The Mob

Race Riot Roundup, Part 1 I’m going to continue my recent coronavirus roundup soon, but we also have some fairly fast-moving news with the George Floyd protests, so I want to take a break to offer a roundup of links and commentary on that story, too. 20th Century Lite I’ve been speculating for a while […]

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The Case for Klobuchar

The news broke last week that the Biden campaign has asked Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar to undergo vetting as a possible 2020 vice-presidential running mate. This in itself is not really news. It was clear that Klobuchar was likely to be considered for the role. What is news is that it was announced to the […]

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You Will Never Be #MAGA Enough

Fox News Channel has been cancelled. It is pretty obvious that Fox News has done more to boost Donald Trump and carry water for him than any other institution. But that isn’t enough to save them. Only the most unblinkingly slavish devotion, with never a hint of even accidental criticism, will do. And so the […]

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Donald Trump Shoots 100,000 People on Fifth Avenue

No, Donald Trump didn’t literally shoot anybody, nor did he do it on Fifth Avenue. But soon more than 100,000 Americans will be dead from COVID-19, and making good on his boast that he could get away with murder in broad daylight, his supporters are working their way toward accepting and excusing this disastrous outcome. […]

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Butterfield Epidemiology

We all knew this was going to happen. At the very beginning of our vast national social-distancing experiment, we said that we would know it was working if it all seemed like an overreaction. This is the great paradox of any preventive measure. If it works, it prevents the danger that makes it necessary—which, in […]

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Time for the “Shoe-Leather Epidemiologists”

Social distancing has worked—so far. We are past the peak in deaths from COVID-19, both nationally and in most states, though we’ve still got a few weeks before we go down the other side of the curve. It’s natural for people to be restless and to be eager for re-opening. But the question isn’t “Should […]

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