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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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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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“A Dangerous Servant and a Fearful Master”

Race Riot Roundup, Part 2 The far left has always hated the police because they are the enforcers of private property—and because they are the first line of defense against violent revolution. We tend to view anarchy and totalitarianism as opposites, but they really aren’t. When public order breaks down, that is a grant of […]

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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 Quarantine Is Over. (The Pandemic Isn’t.)

Coronavirus Roundup, Part 1 After the past week, it seems like hardly anybody is talking about the coronavirus pandemic any more—which is a very good reason to talk about it. A few weeks ago, a lot of people on the right and in the so-called “red states”—the whole Fox News-watching demographic—decided to act as if […]

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Hard Cases Make Bad Protests

Race Riot Roundup Because 2020 hasn’t been bad enough already, now we can add race riots to the list of plagues descending upon us to punish us for our sins. The violence of the last week, which reached a peak of intensity this weekend, has been confusing and has confused origins. So let me try […]

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