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George Mason University & the Kochs

May 1, 2018 I’ll get to George Johnson in a minute. First, my hat is off today for Samantha Parsons, a former George Mason University student whose Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests have brought into the light of day … Continue reading

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Randa Jarrar and Academic Freedom

April 20, 2018 Randa Jarrar doesn’t seem to understand academic freedom, and I don’t think officials at Fresno State University, where she has a tenured appointment, do either. I say ‘seems’ because I’m finding it difficult to locate thoughtful statements … Continue reading

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Repeal the Second Amendment

February 24, 2018 Bret Stephens has this one right: Repeal the Second Amendment. Americans who claim to be outraged by gun crimes should want to do something more than tinker at the margins of a legal regime that most of … Continue reading

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More on Fascism

February 12, 2018 One of my favorite correspondents — OK, my son Tommy — adds depth and corrective about fascism.  He writes: On this topic, I find Robert Paxton’s slim (~220p) The Anatomy of Fascism to be extremely helpful. Paxton is a … Continue reading

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What Is Fascism? Has It Bloomed in the U.S.?

February 7, 2018 Over the past few days, James Fallows has been musing about “the challenge of calling the Trump era by its proper name.”  He is especially wrestling with whether “fascism” is the proper term as, he notes, Dutch … Continue reading

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Meanings: Nous

January 30, 2018 In a review of Martin Amis’s new collection of essays, The Rub of Time, Dwight Garner quotes Amis on the era of Donald Trump:  “There’s nothing there. No shame, no honor, no conscience, no knowledge, no curiosity, … Continue reading

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Atlas of Redistricting

January 25, 2018 Here’s a marvelous resource from FiveThirtyEight.com: An Atlas of Redistricting.  (This is part of their Gerrymandering Project.)  It starts with the premise that gerrymandering is bad, but recognizes that drawing ‘fair’ or ‘reasonable’ electoral districts isn’t as … Continue reading

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