Public health experts decried the anti-lockdown protests last spring as dangerous gatherings in a pandemic. Health experts seem less comfortable doing so now that the marches are against racism.
Christina SommersInfuriating. Public health experts judge safety of protests depending on who is protesting. 1300 experts condemned protests against lockdown as “rooted in white nationalism.” But protests against racism—“vital to the national public health.” @nytimes
SamuelGoldmanI don't get the impression that "public health experts" understand the damage they've done, not only to their own credibility but the possibility of effective government.
Thomas Chatterton Williams 🌍 🎧Here's a thorough big-picture analysis by @powellnyt on the public health ramifications of the evolving (and self-contradicting) public health messages on protests and Covid-19
Prominent activist Joshua Wong says the measure is "one step away from actual book banning".
Melissa ChenIt starts with: "you cannot express those ideas"
Then it moves on to: "you cannot even think those ideas"
Then: "you cannot even *know* those ideas"
This is why they're removing pro-democracy books from HK libraries. To "de-program" minds.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in that city in...
The Associated PressA statue of Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester, New York, on the anniversary of his famous speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July." The statue was found in a gorge about 50 feet away, with damage to the base and a finger.
David FrenchAll my life I've prayed for revival in this country. Well, we've got one.
But it's not Christian.
There's a surge of dark fundamentalist political religion in this country, and it's coming from both sides of our political divide
In Wednesday's early morning hours, Seattle police cleared the Capitol Hill Organized Protest area, a relatively quiet end to a demonstration that had evolved into an art party, a garden, a tourist attraction, a tent city, a presidential fixation...
Jonathan Kaytragic and predictable: Seattle "CHOP" degenerated into chaos and warring gangs, with self-appointed "sentinels" realizing they had no idea or training about how to stop any of it. Apparently, the only thing worse than police is not having police
To defend the values of a free society with courage and conviction, we need to build institutions of our own.
Yascha MounkIn my first article for Persuasion, I explain the reasons for launching this community.
Why this project? Why now? And how can a bunch of us really make a difference to the future of free societies in the United States and around the world?
Carlos Lozada“Many amazing writers, journalists, and think-tankers—some young and some old, some relatively obscure and others very famous—have privately told me that they can no longer write in their own voices; that they are counting the days until they get fired.”
Jesse SingalHoly crap @Yascha_Mounk immediately got 15,000 signups for his newsletter. Translates to a LOT of money for a brand-new enterprise.
How many more signals do we need that mainstream outlets are absolutely marginalizing themselves? Time to build new ones.
Florissa Fuentes of the Springfield Police Department shared a photo on Instagram of her niece at a Black Lives Matter protest holding a sign that her colleagues said was offensive.
Nicholas A. ChristakisMore absurdity.
Detective Fuentes shared a photo on Instagram of her niece at a Black Lives Matter protest with a sign her colleagues said was offensive. She was fired.
She should be reinstated.
Can we please stop firing people for expressing ideas.
Bo WinegardThis should not be a fireable offense and those who correctly rail against cancel culture should also be angry about this (if it is true of course).
Free speech is a value, not a right. Understanding this distinction sheds light on the various debates in the culture war—who social media platforms should ban, the role of the First Amendment, and cancel culture. It’s true that companies like...
Colin Wright"A culture that rejects free expression as a value is a culture without a reliable mechanism for error-correction. We can never be certain about anything, nor can we predict arguments that haven’t yet been conceived, written, or uttered." —@ChipkinLogan
Nations that claim to be defenders of the faith offer no protest to the concentration camps
Jonah GoldbergA point Cohen doesn't make here: If you're full of blind rage about Israel's treatment of the Palestinians -- the real stuff or even the mythological -- but silent on China's proven brutalization of the Uighurs, that might tell you something.