David Frum has responded to my post about the problem of anonymity in public debate. I find his reply a bit vague and not particularly reassuring. Many of the sort of problems I outline in my post could still be operative, even given what Frum has implied. There’s more at stake here than civility. Also, Debs is a “Democratic activist,” so presumably his politics are already public. Why draw the line here? Has Debs never written publicly under his own name? I doubt it. In any case, I’m grateful to Frum for his swift response.
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has one-upped socialists Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: She proposes to nationalize every major business in the United States of America. If successful, it would constitute the largest seizure of private property in human history. Warren’s proposal is ... Read More
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‘We are deeply saddened.” So begin the many perfunctory statements of many Catholic bishops today in response to the Pennsylvania grand-jury report detailing how priests in that state abused children and how bishops shuffled these priests around. What deeply saddens these men? The rape of children, the ... Read More