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There’s Nobody as Alt-Right as a “Progressive”

You would think that the National Museum of African American History and Culture would be dedicated to fighting the scourge of racism, particularly vicious caricatures and stereotypes of African Americans. Yet toward the end of May the institution posted one of the most racist documents I’ve ever seen, as part of a web page about […]

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Anti-Anti-Cancel Culture

Last week’s open letter in Harper’s in defense of free speech against “cancel culture” produced a response that…well, it didn’t exactly come out in defense of cancel culture. Instead, it followed the usual formula for defending the indefensible: “This thing never happened. But if it had, it would 100 percent be justified.” The anti-anti-cancelers would […]

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How Not to Defend America’s Heritage

In his speech at Mount Rushmore, President Trump came out against the current mania of mindless iconoclasm. Politically, it’s an obvious play. Sinking in the polls and going into what ought to be the middle of his reelection campaign down by nearly ten points, Trump is grasping for anything he can use to prop himself […]

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The Grim Lessons of CHOP

Early this morning, Seattle police began dismantling the barricades, tents, and signs that demonstrators had used to control several city blocks for most of the last month. The area was originally known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), but had recently been renamed, for reasons nobody could quite explain, the Capitol Hill Organized Protest […]

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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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