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Here’s Bari Weiss’s letter of resignation from the New York Times. A slice: What rules that remain at The Times are applied with extreme selectivity. If a person’s ideology is in keeping with the new orthodoxy, they and their work remain unscrutinized. Everyone else lives in fear of the digital thunderdome. Online venom is excused so long as it is directed at the proper targets. Mike Munger reviews Amity Shlaes’s The Great Society: A New History. A slice: Interestingly, and I think rightly, Shlaes notes that the “break” in 1968, with the election of Richard M. Nixon and the end of the standard narrative of St. Lyndon, was more like a continuation and expansion. Nixon exploited the centralization of power in attempts to expand federal control over health care, the environment,

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Here’s Bari Weiss’s letter of resignation from the New York Times. A slice:

What rules that remain at The Times are applied with extreme selectivity. If a person’s ideology is in keeping with the new orthodoxy, they and their work remain unscrutinized. Everyone else lives in fear of the digital thunderdome. Online venom is excused so long as it is directed at the proper targets.

Mike Munger reviews Amity Shlaes’s The Great Society: A New History. A slice:

Interestingly, and I think rightly, Shlaes notes that the “break” in 1968, with the election of Richard M. Nixon and the end of the standard narrative of St. Lyndon, was more like a continuation and expansion. Nixon exploited the centralization of power in attempts to expand federal control over health care, the environment, guaranteed incomes, and eventually the money supply and detailed management of the price level. In short, there was a lot more going on than a conversion in the mind of President Johnson, and there was a lot more damage, permanent damage, to the economy and to the welfare of the supposed “beneficiaries” of the anti-poverty programs than is usually acknowledged by the Great Society acolytes.

Jane Shaw Stroup writes about what a newly discovered letter from Frederick Douglass means for historians.

Richard Ebeling pleads for America to be saved from cancel culture.

Pierre Lemieux wisely and properly defends free speech – even that of the vile – in 97 words.

Joakim Book reveals what Greta Thunberg forgets about climate change. A slice:

In contrast to the cataclysmic nature of Greta’s talk, humans have never been more well-protected from the awesome power of mother nature. Damages from U.S. hurricanes, adjusted for population and prices, have shown no upward trend in the last 120 years. Damages from wildfires, so vividly in the news last year, have similarly not been made worse by anthropogenic climate change.

Appallingly, Trump and Biden both support the cronyist Jones Act.

2021 cannot arrive soon enough.

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He is a professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Previously, he was president of the Foundation for Economic Education.

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