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Do We Have to Watch Their Wretched Movie All Over Again?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Why do I feel that I have seen this movie before?

I would like to think that learning is cumulative. But I'm beginning to think that every generation or two, people need to learn all over again the lessons that have unaccountably been forgotten or tossed aside. The elderly among us can see this, even as young people are inclined to insist that ...Read more

Speech Suppression is Habit-Forming

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Speech suppression is a habit that the Biden administration and its liberal supporters can't seem to break. Many staffers may have picked up the habit in their student years: Colleges and universities have been routinely censoring "politically incorrect" speech for the last 30 years. As Thomas Sowell noted, "There are no institutions in America ...Read more

Joe Biden's Big Lie

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Did you know that Black people are not going to be allowed to vote in America anymore? At least in states controlled by Republicans. Sounds a bit unlikely, but that's a conclusion you might have come to if you took seriously what President Joe Biden said in Philadelphia Tuesday.

Biden decried Republicans' proposed changes in election laws as "...Read more

Both Parties Fail to Respond to Signals in the Political Marketplace

From the Right / Michael Barone /

I like to apply free market analysis to American politics. Within established laws, politicians compete for votes and are rewarded for maximizing voters' preferences. As in economics, there are sometimes market failures, but mostly the system seems to be self-regulating.

This sounds nice, but it doesn't seem to describe what's been happening ...Read more

New York Mayoral Primary Shows Split Between Democratic Constituencies

From the Right / Michael Barone /

New York City's notoriously incompetent election officials have not finished tabulating the votes in the June 22 Democratic primary, with its novel ranked choice voting system. But the first choices of voters -- minus some 124,000 absentees -- nevertheless reveal some important things about the differences between different segments of the ...Read more

Charles Murray's Two Uncomfortable Truths and His Not Bad Advice

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Give Charles Murray, longtime scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, credit for courage. Again and again, despite outrageously unfair attacks, he has returned to the public arena and persisted in telling unwelcome truths. In his meticulous prose, with charts and tables so elegant as to betray an aesthetic bent, he makes his points with ...Read more

On Juneteenth, Remember Americans Who Put Slavery on the Path to Extinction

From the Right / Michael Barone /

This week, the Senate unanimously passed a bill declaring Juneteenth a national holiday, commemorating June 19, 1865, when a Union general informed the last enslaved people in Texas that, thanks to the 13th Amendment, they were free. This was the denouement of a long process, begun more than four score years before and cruelly delayed for many ...Read more

Adolescents Need Constraints, Not Indulgence

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"Letting adolescents have their way." That's one way to describe two public policies, advocated vociferously by woke liberals, opposed surely by most. One primarily affects young men, the other primarily young women.

The policy primarily affecting young men can be summed up as "de-policing." It's a direct response to -- one might say a total ...Read more

Facebook's Speech Suppression Argues for Repeal of Section 230 and a Facebook Stock Price of Zero

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"A lot of people have egg on their face" for dismissing the COVID-19 lab leak theory, tweeted ABC News ' Jonathan Karl this week. "Some things may be true even if Donald Trump said them."

Or if Arkansas Tom Cotton did. "We still don't know where coronavirus originated. Could have been a market, a farm, a food processing company," he said in ...Read more

Reform Prosecutors May Hang on, but National Democrats May Not

From the Right / Michael Barone /

This week's Democratic primary election for Philadelphia district attorney could presage outcomes in the 2022 and 2024 elections, but not in the way the winner would like.

Foreigners are often surprised that Americans elect most of their local prosecutors -- and that these prosecutors can become major forces in public force. But we do and they ...Read more

British Labour's Problems Could Hurt Democrats, Too

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Five years ago next month, British voters, in the largest turnout ever, voted to leave the European Union by a 52% to 48% margin. It was an unexpected result, and a harbinger of Donald Trump's even more unexpected election as president five months later.

In both countries, key votes were cast by white non-college graduates. In the U.S., blue-...Read more

Some Rotten Underpinnings of Biden's Positive Rating

From the Right / Michael Barone /

On the surface, Joe Biden seems to be doing pretty well. But underneath, there are signs of problems, areas where partisan overstretch threatens the underpinnings of what some are hailing as the new order of things.

Joe Biden enjoys a 54% average job approval rating, a good mark for a president midterm or facing reelection but below the 100-day...Read more



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