Four More Cancellations

July 3, 2020 at 4:16 pm

Four more names to add to our running list of People Canceled in Post-George-Floyd Antiracism Purges:

Mikaela Guido, president of the College Democrats of America, resigned after the organization's one black board member complained that she had "has not created an inclusive board," the New York Times reported. Guido, a law student at the University of Florida, said that "unsubstantiated claims of racism towards me have an appearance of being used as a front for personal disagreements."

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Even More People Canceled in Post-George-Floyd Antiracism Purges

June 24, 2020 at 7:48 am

The Wall Street Journal has a very good editorial, America's Jacobin Moment, that brings several more examples to add to our still-growing and regularly updated List of People Canceled in Post-George-Floyd Antiracism Purges. Among them:

The editor of Philadelphia Magazine, Tom McGrath, resigned after staffers complained that the magazine "has not taken sufficient action as a publication to combat systemic racism at large, or racism on our own staff, which has resulted in Black staffers facing microaggressions on a frequent basis."

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Fear Strikes the University of Chicago

June 24, 2020 at 7:00 am

Free speech on campus and elsewhere amid the current antiracism fervor is the topic of my column this week. Please check out the full column at the New York Sun ("If Fear Can Strike at University of Chicago, Imagine the Rest of Academia"), at Reason ("The University of Chicago Took a Stand for Free Speech. Faculty Say They Live in Fear Anyway."), at Newsmax ("Thought Crime Now a Campus Capital Offense."), at the Las Vegas Review-Journal ("Fear Strikes University Faculty"), and at the New Boston Post ("Fear Strikes University of Chicago Faculty.")

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More People Canceled in Post-George-Floyd Antiracism Purges

June 22, 2020 at 9:35 am

Dave Andelman, the CEO of The Phantom Gourmet, forced to resign and relinquish ownership of the company he founded in 1993. He had made Facebook posts making fun of anti-police-brutality protests by suggesting that Boston retailers offer "touchless, curbside looting."

Sue Schafer, fired from her job at a government contractor after the Washington Post investigated her costume at a 2018 Halloween party thrown by Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles. Schafer had come dressed as the television news anchor Megyn Kelly in blackface.

Benji Backer, a climate-change activist who had a speaking engagement canceled "because of a past tweet where I linked COVID-19 to the country of China. They claimed it was racially insensitive."

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A Front-Page Call for Price Regulation

June 17, 2020 at 8:50 am

A front-page New York Times news article is headlined "Most Coronavirus Tests Cost About $100. Why Did One Cost $2,315?" It reports:

How can a simple coronavirus test cost $100 in one lab and 2,200 percent more in another? It comes back to a fundamental fact about the American health care system: The government does not regulate health care prices.

This tends to have two major outcomes that health policy experts have seen before, and are seeing again with coronavirus testing.

The first is high prices over all.

Nope. Not even close. Actually, in much of the American economy, the government does not set prices, and the result is free-market competition and low prices. Think of a fast-food hamburger. In countries, such as the Soviet Union, where the government has attempted to set prices, the results have been shortages, scarcity, and the advent of a "black market" where goods are available at higher than the artificially low government-set prices.

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The Case for Susan Rice as Biden's V.P.

June 16, 2020 at 4:47 pm

My column this week makes the case for Susan Rice as Joe Biden's running mate. Please check out the full column at the New Boston Post ("The Case for Susan Rice as Biden's Running Mate"), at the New York Sun ("Rice Is Emerging as a Logical Pick for Biden's Veep"), or at Newsmax ("Why Biden Needs Rice as His VP.")

Rice's book "Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For" is available at Amazon or at Bookshop.org.

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More People Canceled in Post-George-Floyd Antiracism Terror

June 14, 2020 at 12:22 pm

To our initial "List of People Canceled in Post-George-Floyd Antiracism Terror," published June 11, can now be added the following individuals:

University of Chicago professor of economics Harald Uhlig was placed on leave from his role as editor of the Journal of Political Economy following "accusations of discriminatory conduct in a classroom setting." Uhlig also had his contract with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago canceled after a Fed spokeswoman said the bank determined "that his views are not compatible with the Chicago Fed's values and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion."

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List of People Canceled in Post-George-Floyd Antiracism Purges

June 11, 2020 at 10:46 pm

Here is the list:

The editor of the editorial page of the New York Times, James Bennet, for having published an op-ed by Senator Tom Cotton calling for the deployment of the US military to quell what the article called an "orgy of violence," and "rioters and looters" in American cities following the death in police custody of George Floyd.

The founder and CEO of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, for what seemed to be a dismissive or insensitive response to the situation.

The president of the Poetry Foundation, Henry Bienen, and its board chairman, Willard Bunn III, for a statement responding to the situation that critics said was "vague and lacking any commitment to concrete action," the Associated Press reported.

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Privatize the Police?

June 10, 2020 at 9:11 am

Problems with policing, and how to fix those problems, are the topics of my column this week. Please read the full column at the New Boston Post ("Police Failures Have Roots In Progressive Era"), Newsmax ("Roots of Police Failure? Check the Progressive Era"), and Reason ("Professionalizing Police Hasn't Worked. Try Privatizing Instead.")

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Three on Race and Racism

June 7, 2020 at 9:59 am

These are posted not as endorsements but as thought-provokers or discussion-starters:

Toni Morrison at Portland State University, May 30, 1975:

It's important, therefore, to know who the real enemy is, and to know the function, the very serious function of racism, which is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining over and over again, your reason for being....I urge you to be careful. For there is a deadly prison: the prison that is erected when one spends one's life fighting phantoms, concentrating on myths, and explaining over and over to the conqueror your language, your lifestyle, your history, your habits...To avoid the prison of reacting to racism is a problem of the very first order.

A statement from the Claremont Institute:

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Asian-Americans Push Biden To Soften Anti-China Stance

June 5, 2020 at 8:48 am

Not many people will probably read this far down into the long New York Times front-page geschrei about "the whiteness of Biden's inner circle," but here it is:

While the campaign's chief operating officer and the newly announced chief financial officer are Asian-American, lack of representation has been a concern for those who worry about anti-China messaging in 2020. In a recent call with Asian-American members of Congress, Mr. Biden said he would "work with our caucus on future messaging related to China," said Representative Grace Meng of New York.

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The Politics of Police Brutality

June 3, 2020 at 10:42 pm

A lot of the commentary on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody treats it primarily as a racial issue: Floyd was black, the officer whose knee was on his neck appears to have been white, and therefore the main interpretive framework that applies is racism.

But there's another way to look at it, which is through the framework of government error. The police officer wasn't a private security guard. He was a unionized government employee. So there's a certain logical inconsistency in that the same liberals who are painfully and accurately aware of the frequency and durability of police misconduct also want government to play an even larger role in so many other aspects of our society, from health care to education to finance. Is the idea that government in areas other than policing is somehow less error-prone, less afflicted by bias? If so, why?

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Biden Sounds Trump-Like

June 3, 2020 at 10:11 pm

On three important issues recently in the news, Vice President Biden is sounding a lot like Donald Trump, I write in my column this week. Please check out the column in full at the New York Sun, where it appeared under the headline "Biden Could Win If He Keeps on Echoing Trump." Or please read it at Newsmax ("Biden Win Still a Big 'If'") or at the New Boston Post ("Biden Echoes Trump, Aiming at Rioters, Xi, Bezos").

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Unborn Child on NPR

June 3, 2020 at 6:22 pm

From the transcript of NPR's "All Things Considered," with two NPR on-air personalities:

MICHEL MARTIN: All right. So that's Houston. But then moving to - on to Austin and Dallas, the police response in those cities has been very different, right?

WADE GOODWYN: It has. In Austin, three people were shot by police over the weekend by what the Austin Police Department described as, quote, "less lethal" ammunition. But there's a photo of a pregnant woman protester lying on the ground. She's reportedly screaming, my baby, my baby. That was posted to Twitter. She and her unborn child seem to be recovering, but it's traumatized Austin. And she was shot in the stomach with pellets.

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The Left Discovers the Tenth Amendment

May 27, 2020 at 9:17 pm

The Tenth Amendment is the topic of my column this week. Please check out the full column at Reason ("Liberals Have Rediscovered the 10th Amendment's Value During the Coronavirus Pandemic"), the New York Sun ("Eureka! The Left Discovers the Tenth Amendment"), the New Boston Post ("A Trump Achievement: The Left Embraces the Tenth Amendment"), and Newsmax ("Does Left Now Love 10th Amendment for Fear of the Church?"). From the column: "It's hard to avoid the conclusion that support for states' rights or federal power is dependent on whether your guy is the one in the White House giving the orders or the one in the governor's mansion being ordered around. It's less principled or consistent than it is partisan and situational."

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