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Don’t forget the importance of audience for mockery.

By Justin Katz | May 22, 2024 |

This video of some proverbial “frat bros” mocking some antifa clowns brought to mind Saul Alinsky’s encouragement toward mockery of the opponent: Preparation for conflicts is crucial, however.  The mockery worked because the antifa were outnumbered and in somebody else’s element.  Mockery is a group activity.  You must have a group.

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A policy of “socially transitioning” children without their parents’ consent…

By Justin Katz | May 17, 2024 |

… leads me to the conclusion that whoever is controlling education policy wants young adults to be ignorant and emotionally unstable: I’m glad people are starting to pay attention, but I’m not optimistic anything can be done.  I couldn’t believe when this policy filtered down from the Obama administration a decade ago.  And I still can’t…

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Chanting murder in another language is cheating…

By Justin Katz | May 17, 2024 |

… but it’s illustrative, at MIT: I should note from the replies to the tweet that some people are contesting the translation, saying it’s “death to Zionism,” not “Zionists,” which supposedly makes all the difference.  On the other hand, some commenters say the chant references “Jews” in places where the translation says “Zionists.” I’m not…

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I’m getting worried about how obvious it is our monetary system is largely fictional.

By Justin Katz | May 13, 2024 |

It’s bad enough that the Biden administration has convinced a generation of young Americans that tens of billions of dollars of their debt can just disappear with no effect because the debt didn’t really exist, anyway, but the Chair of Biden’s Council of Economic Advisor’s being unable to sound coherent when asked why the government borrows…

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This has been RI’s preferred budgeting method for the past 15 years.

By Justin Katz | May 13, 2024 |

They limp along hoping for a catastrophe that gives Democrats in Washington, D.C., an excuse to borrow waves of cash for one-time windfalls: It’s understandable that politicians and bureaucrats would incline this way, but it’s inexplicable that anybody continues to believe giving increasing amounts of power to people with these incentives and this history of…

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Keep an eye on the progress of violence.

By Justin Katz | May 8, 2024 |

Note something about the riotous behavior reaching American campuses, as Ted Gehring spotlights, here: The last go-round of riots took place mostly in urban areas, this one has been on campuses. Granted that they’re often in urban areas, but their attack on colleges seems like the revolutionaries’ taking another step.  One or two more and…

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Questions get complex when you upend social (and biological) fundamentals.

By Justin Katz | May 8, 2024 |

This video of a police interaction with a young couple entered my awareness at a moment of reduced willpower, so I watched it.  Although it escalates from a towed car to an arrest and flirts with even more-dangerous outcome, the entire twenty minutes is primarily a display of young adults, feeling their economic oats, whose…

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These are the choices will-to-power policies will drive us toward.

By Justin Katz | May 2, 2024 |

“Had the girl not broken the law by purchasing and using pepper spray, she likely would have been raped — or worse.” Sure, the story Stephen Green is sharing comes from Denmark, and sure, one big advantage we have in the United States is the Second Amendment.  But policies change and, increasingly, our rights can…

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I’ve wondered how Americans are getting by in this economy.

By Justin Katz | May 2, 2024 |

This may be part of the answer, and certainly corresponds with my experience:

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A reminder for Republicans about immigrants.

By Justin Katz | May 1, 2024 |

They can be won, as James Brooke suggests in the The Sun: In the latest sign of a rightward swing of the pendulum in Latin America, voters in Ecuador opted overwhelmingly for tough anti-crime measures, including joint army and police patrols against cocaine gangs. Ecuador is only one example. This reminder does not mean the…