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“Before tackling Monteiro’s actual criticisms of Lin-Manuel Miranda and his musical, let’s unpack this statement a bit. First of all, the central idea here is that everything is problematic. If we look closely enough, we will find the scourge of racism and sexism in every work of art, and we should. It is irresponsible to create or consume art without constantly viewing it through this prism of oppression.”
Historian Lyra Monteiro says the smash hit ‘Hamilton’ is racist. On the contrary: she’s the one promoting stereotypes.
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“In the month before the Brexit vote, 8,100 Britons googled ‘what is the eu.’ That’s around 261 a day. Google Trends showed a huge spike in searches for that term the day after the referendum; assuming searches for the term tripled, that’s still fewer than 1,000 individuals googling ‘what is the eu’ in response to the ‘Leave’ victory. Hardly a sign of voters being uninformed.”
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“And yet, I can see Facebook and other online media replacing the written words with visual images and oral performances. This would be in line with the predictions of another media scholar, Marshall McLuhan, who said that when this happens, we will revert back to a pre-literate culture, one that is tribal, anti-rational, and functionally primitive.”
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“What if much of the social agitation online for Trump is manufactured?

“On radio, I assure you it is. Last Tuesday night, my radio show saw a wave of callers calling in to complain about what I was saying that very night on radio. The callers assured my call screener they were listening. The calls were coming from area codes all over the nation and they were very angry about what I had just said on the radio that very night about Trump.

“I was on vacation.”

– Erick Erickson
“Given Putin’s behind the scenes dabblings in the affairs of other countries, Trump is just the sort of man he’d want to prop up to destabilize the West.”Down the rabbit hole we go this…
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“The very idea that one can indeed write—and should write—to communicate carries with it a whole political philosophy, or at least a whole philosophy of the polis—one where society is seen as constituted by people who can passionately hold to differing views and yet can still talk meaningfully to each other, where the past is more than just something to be erased as and when convenient, and where disagreement does not always require the histrionic disenfranchising of those with whom we disagree.”
There's more to mumbo jumbo than the fact it does not actually say anything.
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“There is a lesson in this, especially for Republicans. The left is in the process of overreaching on an issue that the average voter cares about, deeply. People might be able to rationalize supporting same-sex marriage by telling themselves that, even if it’s not their thing, it makes no difference to them what gay couples do. But if you’re a woman using the locker room at the gym, it might matter quite a lot if a man who says he’s a woman on the inside is using the shower next to you.

“And no matter how progressive and fair-minded you are, if you’re a parent, you probably don’t want boys who say they’re girls competing against girls in field hockey or basketball or some contact sport where weight and muscle-mass exist independent of deep, personal feelings about identity. Come to think of it, you probably don’t want your daughter being forced to share a shower or a locker room with a boy, either.”
Last week was one of those quiet Election Days where, on the surface, nothing much happened. But the “nothing much” might actually be something. We may have seen voters begin to pump the brakes on runaway liberalism.
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“Rauch’s claims flatter the establishment with sweet nothings. But there is one thing very notable about his piece, which is too lengthy given the vacuity of his explanation: it is bereft of data and thoroughly at odds with the data we have. If you agree with Rauch, understand the basis of your agreement is sentiment. It’s all you have. He is mounting an emotional and tribal argument in defense of the Washington elite that has no basis in measurable statistics and polling. That doesn’t mean it’s wrong, but it does mean his argument is very uphill, at odds with a lot of data on the other side.”
Don't blame a people for turning on elites who thought they knew better but didn't. It's rational to want something else, like Donald Trump, instead.
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“It’s giving plenty of people cover to insult the entire country, when it’s likely just a few people searching for something in a way that they always search for something. It makes ‘The British are frantically Googling what the EU is, hours after voting to leave it’ absurdly disingenuous without better numbers. Update: Remy Smith points out this out: The peak was merely ~1000 people! It’s ludicrous that so few people get turned into a massive story, but it underscores the need for context.”
Alternatively titled ‘Be aware of context, and maybe start using Google AdWords’ Instead
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“Now, less than a year later, any parent with qualms about having his twelve-year-old daughter share a locker room with a 14-year-old boy is branded as the equivalent of someone advocating a return to whites-only water fountains. An issue that didn’t even exist a year ago is now completely settled in the minds of the cultural elite; anyone who opposes the new regime is simply an atavistic, benighted bigot.”
Academic “High Theory” dating back to the 1970s has led to the transgender-bathroom wars, intended to destroy female modesty and further normalize casual promiscuity.
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“The irony is that, instead of states prosecuting women, the exact opposite is true. To protect their own hide, it was abortionists (like the cult hero and abortionist Ruth Barnett when Oregon last prosecuted her in 1968), who, when they were prosecuted, sought to haul the women they aborted into court. As a matter of criminal evidentiary law, if the court treated the woman as an accomplice, she could not testify against the abortionist, and the case against the abortionist would be thrown out.

“There are “only two cases in which a woman was charged in any State with participating in her own abortion”: from Pennsylvania in 19111 and from Texas in 1922.2 There is no documented case since 1922 in which a woman has been charged in an abortion in the United States.

“Based on this record—spanning 50 states over the century before Roe v. Wade—it is even more certain that the political claim that any woman might be questioned or prosecuted for a spontaneous miscarriage has no record in history and will certainly not be the policy of any state in the future.”
The political claim—that women were or will be prosecuted or jailed under abortion laws—has been made so frequently by Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and NOW ov
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“As long as we cannot imagine anything lasting and true other than primitive instincts, we might as well concentrate our minds on the economic, medical, psychological factors that promise to maximize our satisfaction. If we are fated to be ruled by desire, then we ought to acquaint ourselves with the logic of its circulation and adopt our postmodern roles as bureaucrats, therapists, managers, and other well-groomed functionaries trained to analyze and maintain the Empire of Desire.”

These days a man can wake up and say, “Enough! I’m tired of fighting against my innermost feelings. I’ve always felt myself to be a . . . .
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“During his first presidential campaign, Obama proposed presidential meetings with even America’s most implacable enemies, as if American foot-dragging was a principal source of global problems. It would be ‘ridiculous’ and ‘a disgrace,’ then-Senator Obama argued, for the United States to refuse to meet our enemies on their terms. With a few carefully placed concessions, so his thinking went, an Obama administration would catalyze international cooperation and transform relationships by reassuring adversaries of our benevolence. The hard realities of power politics, including the temptation to use force in places like Syria, would fade as the mesmerizing attraction of engagement took hold.”

“In each instance, Obama has wagered the prestige, resources, and moral authority of the U.S. government on the hope that he can personally bend the arc of history. Time after time, Putin has preyed on Obama’s goodwill, and cleaned his clock. Indeed, beneath all the resets and rhetoric is a fundamental truth: what matters is not just the intentions of the president; the calculations of our competitors and enemies matter, too—and must be taken seriously.”
President Obama got elected promising to always engage with implacable foes of the United States. Putin, for one, has taken advantage of Obama's outreach every single time.
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This strikes me as a fair assessment of U.S. policy in the Middle East under the Obama adminstration. Is his approach actually motivated by the view that the U.S. is the prime engine of global problems, or is he naïve about other nations and their leaders, or is there some other explanation?

Buying into Weinstein’s & Rough’s criticism doesn’t commit one to Bushian nation-building, but I do think it’s unavoidable that superpowers and near-superpowers play very different roles in the world than smaller nations. And muscularity and finesse are not necessarily at odds with one another.
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