■ We can appreciate the modern-day relevance of Proverbs
7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away,
for they refuse to do what is right.
One can only hope.
■ Today's Flickr embed is from 2010, showing that "Antifa" is hardly
a new thing, and explicitly unpeaceful. For those desiring a
translation of "Kapitalismus abschaffen": that would be "Abolish
To my mind, that makes J.D. Tuccille's observations at Reason
Sides? You Bet. But Antifa and Fascism Are the Same Side. He
takes exception to the leftish narrative:
"One has to take sides," Shuja Haider wrote
at Jacobin, echoing other voices on the left. "There is a
side that asserts our common humanity and fights fascism, racism,
and hate. It was represented in Charlottesville by the leftist
groups who took to the streets to confront the far right. The other
side is the one that took innocent lives on those same
Take a side? You bet. But Haider and company are trying to force a
false choice. They'd have you believe that advocates of free speech,
open society, tolerance, and peaceful political change have to pick
between fascists with tiki torches and masked "anti-fascists"
clashing with them in the streets. But advocates of a free, open,
and liberal society are a side—the correct side—and the left-wing
and right-wing thugs battling in the streets are nothing more than
rival siblings from a dysfunctional illiberal family.
I've taken issue with the "take sides" argument
the past, and stand by the reliable guideline: it's a poor
substitute for thinking.
■ Virginia Postrel's Bloomberg column (you bet your ass I
have an ad blocker, Bloomberg) discovers The
Real Reason Jeff Bezos Grinds Trump's Gears. Spoiler:
The biggest difference is that Bezos projects the self-confidence of
someone with nothing to prove. “I don’t think he’s a showman,”
Amazon board member Patty Stonesifer told Wired in a 1999
profile of Bezos, “but people are drawn to him because he seems
unbelievably like a winner. And they want to help him win.”
Trump, by contrast, projects thin-skinned insecurity. And in his
zero-sum world there can be only one winner. The question dogging Amazon’s stock
price is how much damage the president might do to this American
success story in order to serve his personal pique.
Mrs. Postrel has long been a voice of perceptive sanity.
■ A stunningly beautiful post from Andrew Klavan on
White men invented nearly everything from the very concept of
science to the internet.
White men held black people as slaves.
From Michelangelo to Mozart to Shakespeare, white men have created the
greatest art, music, and literature on earth.
From Australia to the Americas, white men conquered and slaughtered
From Greek democracy to Magna Carta to the Constitution, white men
fashioned the ideas that led mankind to freedom.
Wherever they go, white men are guilty of imperialism, bigotry, and
All these statements, of course, are crap. Not just crap but pure crap, a level of crap that captures the very essence of crapiositude. They aren't crap because of the tiresome arguments and rationalizations that can be marshaled to disprove or modify one or another of them. Their crappiness is far more craptastic than that. They are a crap unity. They are each the crap reflection of their crap opposite, and all a portion of a single central substance, which is crap.
■ Dan Mitchell asks the musical question: Why
Is the Trump Administration AWOL on the IRS? For example, why
hasn't Trump fired IRS Commissioner John Koskinen? Could it be…
I’m not a fan of conspiracy theories, but this almost leads me to wonder whether Koskinen has some damaging information on Trump.
I would bet some money on that. Not a lot, but some.
■ At the CEI blog, Jessica Melugin asks a clarifying question: Net Neutrality: Market Competition or Political Control?
If net neutrality advocates are successful in their efforts to give government ever more control over broadband Internet access, they will be surprised to find you cannot regulate the world into perfection.
But the rest of us will not be surprised.