From time to time I want to link to intelligent worries I come across, and also to interesting dissents from the way I see things.
In The Atlantic, Julia Ioffe worries about the limits of protests. “Talking to the protesters in Washington today, it was hard not to hear the echoes of the weakness of the Moscow protests five years ago: a vague, unstructured cause; too much diversity of purpose; no real political path forward; and the real potential for the meaning of the day to melt into self-congratulatory complacency.”
In the New York Times, Ross Douthat worries about how the press will react to Trump’s abrasive style and his insolent attitude towards the press. “Mainstream journalism in this strange era may be freer than the fearful anticipate, but not actually better as the optimists expect. Instead, the press may be tempted toward — and richly rewarded for — a kind of hysterical oppositionalism, a mirroring of Trump’s own tabloid style and disregard for truth.”