In the wake of the staggering decision, do colleges need to better educate faculty members about what language crosses a legal line?
Varad MehtaThis is an excellent overview of the Gibson's Bakery vs. Oberlin case. There's been some commentary that the verdict falls afoul of the First Amendment, but all the experts quoted here say it's on solid legal footing. H/t @kcjohnson9.
How a 67 million year old reptile got dragged into the culture war
Varad Mehta"Thus is born the world's largest (and deadest) comfort animal." Outsdanding stuff by @RTPallardy on how the Field Museum turned its biggest exhibit into a weapon in the culture wars. H/t @CathyYoung63.
As soldiers in the culture wars, children have the advantage of being immune from most scrutiny. But they are losing their youths in the process.
Varad MehtaIf children (and their adult enablers) want to be taken seriously as political activists, then they have to be prepared to be treated like political activists. As @NoahCRothman suggests, they're not going to like it.
Biden’s elevation to front-runner is a testament to how much the president has shaken Democrats’ faith.
Varad MehtaCuriously, Elizabeth Warren's name never appears in this article about how Democrats have given up on big ideas. Its real complaint, rather, seems to be that Kamala Harris hasn't gotten anywhere so far. H/t @AviWoolf.
On the Teutonic giants I loved too much, and for the wrong reasons
Varad MehtaWhat is it about youth and German intellectuals? I don't know, since I never had that phase of youthful infatuation with Nietzsche and Marx and Heidegger and Hegel. @maxlevydiamond did, though, and in this piece for @ArcDigi he tries to explain.
Republican voters like the prospect more than the reality
Varad Mehta"Numerous pollsters have surveyed a potential Republican primary. Their evidence all leads to the same conclusion: not only is Trump not vulnerable, only a fool would believe otherwise." After a two-month hiatus, I'm back, baby! My latest for @ArcDigi.
Varad MehtaTrump could become vulnerable to a primary challenge. The economy could go south, he could screw up a SCOTUS nomination, something. But he isn't today. Indeed, he might be less vulnerable than ever, not more. No amount of special pleading will change that.
Jonah Goldberg complains that the right is dropping the economic ideas it once took as first principles. This is good.
Varad MehtaIt's not only on matters of culture that the old dispensation on the right is falling apart. The resurgence of conservative skepticism of free markets is very real. As @BDSixsmith writes for @ArcDigi, "challenges to free trade orthodoxy" aren't going away.
Amazon, Facebook, and Google harm society through their aggressive pursuit of rival companies — not to compete with them, but to buy them out.
Varad Mehta.@bernybelvedere offers his two cents on Elizabeth Warren's desire to break up big tech companies. This is one area I think you'll see the old axiom about politics making strange bedfellows applying more over the next few years. See: Josh Hawley.
In an article that took two reporters to write, The
Varad Mehta.@AsheSchow has a write-up on the kerfuffle about Elizabeth Warren's billing rates as a lawyer. I wasn't aware of it, but now that I am, I don't see what the big deal is. She was the Harvard Law faculty, of course her rates were 💰💰💰.
Tax officials would be authorized to hand over his state returns to any one of three congressional committees, opening a new front in a heated battle.
Varad MehtaI can't wait to see what retaliation red states will come up with when there's a Democrat in the White House again. Make no mistake, there will be retaliation, and it will be fierce. H/t @AndyGrewal.
Polls showed that Australians favored the left and their climate change policies, but they didn’t. What are the lessons for Democrats?
Varad MehtaWhy did the Australian Labor Party lose an election everyone thought it was going to win in a romp? Because, @NoahCRothman contends, when forced to choose Australians picked their pocket books over fighting global warming. An ominous sign for Democrats.
The representative’s account of the Arab-Israeli conflict relies on origin myths about the birth of Israel.
Varad Mehta"The Palestinians indirectly, and in some ways directly, aided in the destruction of European Jewry." One of the foremost scholars of Mideast history debunks Rashida Tlaib's grossly mendacious remarks. It won't, but this should be the end of the debate.
Stacey Abrams is wedded to a dubious victimization narrative that is impervious to facts, but the “D” after her name saves her from the Trump treatment.
Varad MehtaStacey Abrams is a failed candidate who peddles conspiracy theories to pretend that she really won. In other words, she's exactly what the Democrats and the media warned Trump would become. They might be giving her a pass, but @NoahCRothman isn't.
Varad Mehta"We can make the Senate more progressive without changing the Constitution. Also, to make the Senate more progressive we're totally changing the Constitution." Giving Guam senators won't change the Constitution? How do you miss this contradiction? JFC. nytimes.com/2019/05/10/opi…pic.twitter.com/6r3n99rHzc
He’s playing a role similar to William F. Buckley, and the differences between them help explain changes in the conservative landscape
Varad Mehta"These things that make Shapiro's career possible — social and web media — make Buckley-style policing impossible." If Ben Shapiro is to conservatism now what Bill Buckley was then, it's to a very different conservatism, writes @Joshua_A_Tait.
A specter haunts the imagination of some Democrats: Donald Trump loses the 2020 election but refuses to concede. “I won,” he insists, despite election results that show he lost both the Electoral College and the popular vote. He offers no evidence...
Varad MehtaIn which @SykesCharlie admonishes Democrats that if they want anyone to take their warnings that Trump may not accept the results of the next presidential election seriously, they'll have to do something about Stacey Abrams first.