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If Something Cannot Go On Forever, It Won’t

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Ultimate Resource In charting out the course of the coronavirus pandemic, there is really only one fundamental issue. It’s not the development of a vaccine. That will happen, but not soon enough to head off disastrous consequences, either economically or in terms of human life. The […]

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All They Had to Do Was Not Be Crazy

The Search for Sanity, Part 3 As many of us having been saying, all the Democrats had to do to have a good shot at winning back the White House this year was to not be crazy. Here’s a version of that argument from last June. Trump’s personal problems are myriad. He is as polarizing a […]

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Authoritarian Blindness

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Authoritarian Blindness How soon we forget the big lessons of the Cold War. There is a weirdly persistent tendency to think of dictatorships as strong, orderly, and effective, when all the evidence indicates that they are weak, chaotic, and hugely inefficient. This is not just a lesson […]

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How To Be Irrelevant

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Donald Trump Learns His Lesson Explaining her vote not to remove President Trump in the impeachment trial, Senator Susan Collins of Maine expressed her hope that “the president has learned from this case.” The message she thought he would take from it is that “he will be […]

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#NeverSMOD

The Iowa caucuses, the first electoral contest of the 2020 presidential election cycle, happen today, so it’s a good time to look at how the contest is shaping up, what we can expect from it—and what, if anything, to hope for. I take as my starting point that none of the major candidates—from either party—will […]

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Who Resists the Resistance?

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Viva la Revolución “Democratic socialism” has finally achieved its usual end-state in Venezuela: mass shootings of innocent civilians by government goons. I’ll warn you that the reporting on this has been pretty awful, and in the link I just gave, even Jake Tapper—who ought to know better—refers […]

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Dear Democrats: I Have Seen Your Bernie Bro Future

I’ve been seeing a lot of chatter recently about Democrats being uncomfortable with Bernie Sanders now that he is emerging as the front runner early in the primaries. In the New York Times, Thomas Edsall quotes one center-left economist declaring that Sanders’ “economists don’t understand basic economics. They are not just dangerous, they are clueless.” […]

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The Search for Sanity, Part 1

A Partial Guide to the 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Yes, I know the 2020 presidential election is a long way away. But it is probably less than a year before the Democratic Party will choose its nominee, and since Democrats have to winnow that down from a current total of 18 or more candidates—the New […]

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The Democratic Party’s CREEPs

Donald Trump is neither a good president nor a particularly popular one. To oppose him effectively, serve as a counterbalance, and even attract many votes from reasonable people in the next presidential election, all the Democratic Party has to do is to present a sane, moderate alternative, behind which the broad mainstream of American voters […]

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What Is Socialism?

The rise of unapologetic, openly declared socialists in one of the two mainstream parties has made it necessary for Democrats to try to draw a line between a mere “progressive” welfare statist and an outright socialist. Yet this endeavor is running into trouble, because the dividing line turns out to be less clear than it […]

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