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Anarchist Jurisdictions

Five Things You Need to Read Today Editor’s Note: I’ll be doing a Zoom Meetup with my friend Shrikant Rangnekar Monday night at 9:00 PM about the upcoming election and particularly about Donald Trump’s recent comments on mail-in voting and the peaceful transition power (expanding on my comments in Item #4 below). Please join us.—RWT […]

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Our Civil War Pre-Enactment

Living where I do, on the location of a minor skirmish in the Wilderness Campaign, I’ve been to my share of Civil War re-enactments. I’ve always found it a bit of an odd hobby, to want to play-act such a cataclysm of internecine hatred and killing. But perhaps the point was that we can play at it […]

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“Poof into Thin Air”

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. “Poof into Thin Air” Whatever else we may get distracted by, there is one vast overhanging fact that affects everything about politics, the economy, education, and just about everything else this year: the coronavirus pandemic. And the biggest fact about this big fact is the monumental failure […]

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Intensified Peacefulness

What is happening to this country? Let me give you a few scenes from the past few weeks—vignettes of a nation seemingly falling apart. Protesters go online to boast about surrounding the car of a “white woman” and to complain that police came to her rescue and wouldn’t allow them to imprison her in her […]

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Little Green Men

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Little Green Men Down in the polls by ten points, Donald Trump has clearly decided to run on a “law and order” platform, billing himself as the antidote to chaos. It’s not a bad strategy, given the riots in the early weeks of the “Black Lives Matter” […]

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Gem-Flecked Rubbish

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. In Defense of “Safe Spaces” For a movement obsessed with “safe spaces,” the left sure doesn’t want anybody to have one. I posted a little while ago about a bizarre leftist campaign to purge political wrongthinkers from the realm of knitting, of all places. Now the website […]

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“Why Can’t We Hate?”

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Geopolitics of Resentment Donald Trump’s so-called “populism” is a euphemism for a politics that is primarily about venting your resentment, sticking a finger in somebody’s eye without really caring about any other consequences. Consider Trump’s handling of the latest G-7 Summit, which is supposed to be […]

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Lady Gaga Isn’t a Rebel, and Portland Isn’t Weird

The most ridiculous part of the Super Bowl’s halftime show—more ridiculous than Lady Gaga’s actual music or even her choreography, which is saying something—was the Tiffany and Co. ad in which she proclaimed her great creativity and nonconformity. Because nothing says “anti-establishment” like a millionaire pop star shilling for Tiffany. She says things like, “I […]

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Carbon Offsets for Book Burning

The Portland public school board is going to need to buy some carbon offsets to compensate for their new book-burning campaign. Well, OK, they’re not planning to actually burn the books, so they’re in the clear on the emissions. Perhaps they will use a more ecologically sensitive solution like composting. Either way, the Politically Incorrect […]

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