Political Thought

A ring of doctors and nurses

RI’s COVID experience should inoculate us against socialism.

By Justin Katz | December 20, 2021 |

The headlines of doom are coming! Above a Brian Amaral report in the Boston Globe readers will find this:”R.I. health care system ‘is currently collapsing,’ emergency doctors warn“: The crisis has led to long wait times and inconsistent standards of care: “rationing resources, unable to provide privacy, and certainly unable to provide any COVID-19 isolation…

A water drop and ripples

Is Rhode Island too small for its own citizens’ good?

By Justin Katz | December 16, 2021 |

One part of my diagnosis of Rhode Island’s problems is that it’s just not big enough for opposing factions to build up and keep each other honest in state-level government.  Pushback against the New York governor’s mask mandate at the county level brough that to mind: At least 13 counties in New York state are…

A dragon statue & medical mask

States of emergency shouldn’t be used to manage viruses.

By Justin Katz | December 16, 2021 |

Rhode Island Republican House Minority Leader Blake Filippi lays out the simple steps of his argument that Democrat Governor Dan McKee is acting outside of his authority by continuing the COVID state of emergency: A thread on the lawlessness of @GovDanMcKee’s emergency powers: §30-15-9 used to allow the Governor to declare an emergency with no…

A medical mask on the sidewalk

McKee’s latest COVID response is management theater.

By Justin Katz | December 15, 2021 |

A reasonable observer would conclude that McKee’s new COVID mandates are useless, at best, and that public policy is being guided without regard to science or reasonable standards for balancing rights and risks.

Hospital beds

The idea of patients should be de-romanticized.

By Justin Katz | December 14, 2021 |

As we construct the stories by which we understand reality, we tend to romanticize people when they’re generalized.  In healthcare, for instance, patients are “people who need help,” and we have a set of emotions and moral ideas associated with them as a concept. The problem is people need all sorts of kinds of help,…

A water drop and ripples

“Moderate” is changing as the Democrats’ reality overwhelms their rhetoric.

By Justin Katz | December 13, 2021 |

Responding to a Josh Hammer column on Newsweek, Instapundit Glenn Reynolds follows up Hammer’s suggestion that Republicans have to “nurture,” not “squander” their political inroads with new voters by highlighting the importance of clarity: That’s the hard part. But yeah, the GOP is becoming a multiethnic party of small business and the working class, while the Democrats…

Giovanni Battista Piranesi's Remains of the Praetorian Castro

Why should soldiers be satisfied with their wages?

By Justin Katz | December 12, 2021 |

John the Baptist’s suggestion to Roman soldiers in today’s Gospel reading at Roman Catholic Mass has always left me feeling as I was missing some historical context: And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” He said to them in reply, “Whoever has two tunics should share with the person who has none.…

Two men about to shake hands in the sunset.

We have to give those on the left somebody or something to turn to.

By Justin Katz | December 11, 2021 |

Ed Driscol draws our attention to an essay on Tablet in which Liel Leibovitz, which definitely deserves the “read the whole thing” tag: You may be among the increasing numbers of people going through The Turn right now. Having lived through the turmoil of the last half decade—through the years of MAGA and antifa and rampant…

Justin Katz's political spectrum illustration

For journalists like UConn professor Mike Stanton, tyranny is the first choice.

By Justin Katz | December 10, 2021 |

Attitudes like this, from former Providence Journal reporter and University of Connecticut journalism professor Mike Stanton fascinate me.  Commenting on Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee’s hesitance to impose a statewide mask mandate, Stanton writes: Yes, poor leadership. Because it’s contrary to what the doctors & experts recommend. I went to PPAC the other night; they required…

Painting of a forest monster.

This is how obvious falsehoods can become objective realities.

By Justin Katz | December 8, 2021 |

Just about every hot topic these days has something surreal about it — something that’s obviously not true or at least certain, that is affecting how hundreds of millions of people are having to live their lives. An early revelation for me, when I first moved from creative writing toward essay writing, was that an…

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