Political Thought

Tiverton Town Hall

A local charter can never be clear enough to thwart local officials with no respect for their community.

By Justin Katz | July 22, 2021 |

On Tiverton Fact Check, I’ve posted an update on efforts to block residents from putting budget proposals on the ballot of our financial town referendum.  The upshot is that it’s not good. In the course of declining to intervene and force the Board of Canvassers to reverse its refusal to allow voters to consider other options…

Nicholas Poissin, The Judgment of Solomon

Everything we’re seeing in “our democracy” comes down to the reemergence of an entitled class.

By Justin Katz | July 19, 2021 |

Angelo Codevilla’s essay in American Greatness on May 17 is worth catching if (like me) you missed it.  In the various tumultuous issues the United States as been facing in recent years, he sees an emerging insistence by a governing elite that we are not, in fact, equal, but that their superiority is so manifest that…

Vincent Van Gogh Tree Roots

Elorza’s view of poverty perfectly encapsulates progressives’ error.

By Justin Katz | July 14, 2021 |

No doubt many smart progressives would spot Democrat Mayor of Providence Jorge Elorza’s error in thinking, but this statement, as quoted on GoLocalProv, perfectly summarizes the progressive approach to policy: “If there’s one thing that causes poverty, it’s the lack of money,” said Elorza of the program that is currently funded through private donations —…

BLM t-shirt of Sayles St instigator.

Wokism is creating terrible, terrible incentive to undermine communities.

By Justin Katz | July 13, 2021 |

John DePetro reports that one of the families involved in the Sayles Street neighbor dispute a few weeks ago is nearing the $15,000 goal of its GoFundMe campaign.  Give some thought to the process by which they’re monetizing debate. Without assigning blame for who started it, we can state as fact that this family was…

Don't Think, Don't Ask, Pay Tax, Vote for Us

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Politics Becomes All

By Justin Katz | July 13, 2021 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss how everything is becoming political narrative, not serving and protecting the people, in Rhode Island.

Edouard Manet's The Barricade (Civil War)

A gun confiscation policy will never, ever work in the United States (and is the wrong approach, anyway).

By Justin Katz | July 13, 2021 |

In a long (language-warninged) post from November 2018, Larry Correia ran through the mental exercise of imagining what would happen upon federal implementation of a gun confiscation program would look like.  He wrote in the context of comments that gun owners couldn’t possibly take on the U.S. military, which Joe Biden has recently echoed, as…

Chess versus checkers

Nesi’s Non-Notes and O’Neil’s Telling Fears

By Justin Katz | July 10, 2021 |

Differences in where people draw their condemnation lines prove that something has changed and we’re on a very dangerous course.

Thomas Eakins Cowboys in the Badlands

I’ll admit it: I’m glad there’s a Donald Trump in the mix these days.

By Justin Katz | July 7, 2021 |

Yes, I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing he would focus more — keeping his targets separate for separate attacks, resisting the gratuitous own-back-patting, articulating his points more without requiring interpretation, and so on. On the other hand, I think people should generally be more humble about proposing counterfactuals.  Whether instinctively or intellectually he has…

Liquid pouring into an invisible glass

Alcohol-to-go is an example of how our government should function in changing circumstances.

By Justin Katz | July 5, 2021 |

As suggested in this post from last month, it is inappropriate for the governor to continue using an emergency declaration to preserve exceptions to the law.  Emergencies are (or should be) circumstances in which it isn’t possible for ordinary government processes to continue.  We can argue about when that ceased to be the case in…

Timeline of abolitions

It’s time for the U.S.A. to transcend Enlightenment propaganda.

By Justin Katz | July 5, 2021 |

Independence Day was the perfect day for me to listen to Jordan Peterson’s conversation with Iain McGilchrist on the former’s podcast as I mowed the lawn, because it completed a few more pieces of the puzzle I’ve been working out recently.  I’ll surely write much more about it in the future, but the relevant proposition…

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