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By Republican Standards, Almost Nothing Is Racist

July 19, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Most of the time, conservatives and Republicans want the bar for what constitutes bigotry to be set extremely high. When President Donald Trump tweeted last weekend that four nonwhite Democrats in Congress should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” he… Read the Rest »

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Biden Stops Playing It Safe

July 15, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

If Joe Biden revives his flagging presidential campaign, journalists may record that the revival began this weekend in New Hampshire. In a series of speeches, Biden finally did what he needed to do weeks ago: He attacked his rivals on health care. He defended the Affordable Care Act, and argued that… Read the Rest »

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What the Measles Epidemic Really Says About America

July 12, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In two essays, “Illness as Metaphor” in 1978 and “AIDS and Its Metaphors” in 1988, the critic Susan Sontag observed that you can learn a lot about a society from the metaphors it uses to describe disease. She also suggested that disease itself can serve as a metaphor—a reflection of the… Read the Rest »

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Conservatives Conjure Up Liberal Support for Antifa Violence

July 4, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On June 29, a video appeared showing masked activists wearing black clothing—the garb commonly associated with “antifa,” the self-described anti-fascist movement—assaulting the conservative journalist Andy Ngo in Portland, Oregon. As if in unison, conservative publications published articles accusing the “left,” “liberal journalists,” and “reporters” of condoning the attack. That’s a disturbing charge…. Read the Rest »

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For Democrats, Health Care Is Easy, but Immigration Is Hard

July 2, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Among the many things we’ve learned so far in the presidential campaign is this: The Democratic candidates are talking more honestly about health care than about immigration. To develop a coherent approach to immigration in an era of rising asylum claims, Democrats need to explain—among other things—whom they would and wouldn’t… Read the Rest »

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The Question the Iran Hawks Haven’t Answered

June 24, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Since September 11, 2001, the United States has waged wars to unseat the rulers of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, wreaking chaos and destruction in the process. The consequences—for American power and prestige, for the American troops killed and wounded, and for the people whose countries disintegrated into civil war—have been… Read the Rest »

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AOC’s Generation Doesn’t Presume America’s Innocence

June 21, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Monday night, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declared in an Instagram video that “the United States is running concentration camps on our southern border.” The following morning, Liz Cheney tweeted, “Please @AOC do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history. 6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust…. Read the Rest »

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Unpacking the Immense Popularity of Shtisel

June 20, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last Wednesday, Gady Levy, the executive director of the Streicker Center at New York’s Temple Emanu-El, herded the Israeli actors Neta Riskin and Dov Glickman through the cavernous synagogue’s hallways. Riskin and Glickman, who play the daughter-father pair Giti and Shulem on the Israeli television show Shtisel, had just left a room jammed… Read the Rest »

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Bolton Keeps Trying to Goad Iran Into War

June 20, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The conventions of mainstream journalism make it difficult to challenge America’s self-conception as a peace-loving nation. But the unlovely truth is this: Throughout its history, America has attacked countries that did not threaten it. To carry out such wars, American leaders have contrived pretexts to justify American aggression. That’s what… Read the Rest »

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Braininess Is Now the Brand

June 14, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Among the biggest surprises of the Democratic presidential campaign so far are the rise of Pete Buttigieg and the resurgence of Elizabeth Warren, both of whom, according to a new Des Moines Register poll, have moved into a virtual tie for second place in Iowa with Bernie Sanders. In many ways, the… Read the Rest »