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Life After Liberalism

Bill Green – @longlooking In his piece, “Is There Life After Liberalism?” (New York Times – January 14), Ross Douthat says “sometimes you can’t renew an order, as ours clearly needs renewal, until the political imagination becomes capable of imagining and … Continue reading

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Meet the women worried about #MeToo

Lionel Shriver says… I am concerned that we are throwing knee-touching into the same basket as rape, which does a grievous disservice to mere knee-touchers and rape victims both. I am concerned that we are increasingly wont to confuse genuine … Continue reading

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America is hard to do . . .

“… A lot of us forget that. You know, we got in that Obama bubble bath, and we were just, Oh man, this feels good. Eight years later, you get out and you’re kind of wrinkly and weak and you’re … Continue reading

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Why We Must Still Defend Free Speech

David Cole SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 ISSUE This article will appear in the next issue of The New York Review. Evelyn Hockstein/The Washington Post/Getty Images White nationalists marching on the University of Virginia campus, Charlottesville, August 2017 Does the First Amendment need … Continue reading

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Hopeful in bad times

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. “What we choose to emphasize in … Continue reading

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Saving Liberalism

from Foreign Affairs Friday, January 13, 2017 Why Tolerance and Equality Are Not Enough Jeff Colgan . . . the politics of 2016—from nativism in the United States to anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe, which facilitated the rise of President-elect Donald … Continue reading

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The best antidote to populism is unpopularism

(personal note: Learning from Europe) From Reuters by John Foley, 12/28/16 Like democracy and the Cold War, European populism after the financial crisis had its origins in Greece. The leftist Syriza party swept to victory in January 2015 promising to dismantle … Continue reading

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Coming to Newark Archdiocese – A Different Kind of Cardinal

from The New York Times – 12/22/16 – Sharon Otterman INDIANAPOLIS — For about a year, the guys at the gym just called him Joe. He lifted weights in the early mornings wearing a skull-printed do-rag. He worked out on … Continue reading

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Donald Trump and Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga once talked about the doubters in an interview: “They would say, ‘This is too racy, too dance-oriented, too underground. It’s not marketable.’ And I would say, ‘My name is Lady Gaga, I’ve been on the music scene for … Continue reading

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Watch out for moral certainty

Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of … Continue reading

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