The college may yet come up with a plan to punish members of the mob who attacked Professor Stanger. It looks doubtful to me right now.
A likely result of such an admonishment is that people on campus become ultra-careful about who they invite to speak.
If we had recognized these villains’ hidden purposes a little earlier – if we had not let them turn their so-called expertise into a powerful Big Brother state of tyranny – we might have saved our democracy. Instead we let elites trade on their knowledge.
For both Dallas and 9/11, the feds produced a guilty party before they determined what happened. They said “Oswald” and “bin Laden” before they resolved basic questions about the crimes.
For three and a half months now, they have roared about their cage in astonishment, anger and fear, as they advocate and plot Trump’s removal, but overlook every electoral map they see filled with red states and red districts. It may be an impressive display of energy, but it does not help the party prepare for upcoming contests in 2018 and 2020.
Thus they will be shocked, shocked again when they see Trump stand up to accuse the FBI and other intelligence agencies of all kinds of nefarious activities, including leaks that brought down one of his top advisors. In the whirlwind of Trump’s anti-democratic moves and rhetoric, however, we ought to be alert to the times he throws off a few truthful sparks.
Washington’s elites damaged their credibility and prestige on the world stage long before Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin came along to try their hand at it.
So when you think of moral elements in the matter of substance use, remember two things: do not underestimate the power of the feds, and do not underestimate the power of federal drug enforcement to screw things up.
I believe Sunstein and other public information gatekeepers see themselves acting in service to their country, to protect the republic from actual threats and pernicious influence of conspiracy crackpots.
The mathematician and philosopher Laplace said that “the weight of evidence for an extraordinary claim must be proportioned to its …
We still have our friends, we still have faith in ourselves, and most of all we can still reason effectively. Government can shut down a lot, but it can never shut down rational, free thought.
The U. S. mishandled this conflict from the start. You can make that judgment without any reference to international law. You only need common sense.