I’m in Portland to give a talk on water rights at Lewis & Clark College tomorrow, and arrived just in time to witness the “Occupy Portland” protest in solidarity with the “Occupy Wall Street” protests in New York. The message of the protest is, if anything, quite diffuse. There are lots of signs disparaging Wall Street and greed (“People before profits,” etc.), but lots of other random stuff as well, including signs advocating, peace, democracy, drug legalization, anarchy, universal health care, education funding, solidarity with Central America, and even “End the Fed.” It’s almost a protest just for the sake of protesting. To the organizers credit, however, they made real efforts to quell any talk of violence, including property destruction.
During last night's CNN town halls, Bernie Sanders endorsed reinstating the voting rights of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, and Kamala Harris indicated that she was open to the idea. Anne Carlstein, a junior at Harvard, asked Sanders, “You have said that you believe that people with felony ... Read More
I believe three things at the same time. First, Donald Trump should have voluntarily produced his tax returns years ago. Second, one of the laws Democrats are using to demand production of Trump’s returns — which grants the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee the right to see the returns of any ... Read More
The U.S. Attorney General is ending asylum seekers’ opportunity to ask for bond in front of an immigration judge. Read More
If you’re paying attention to presidential politics, you should be paying attention to Andrew Yang, a tech entrepreneur running for president as a Democrat. Yang is worth taking seriously not because he has a real shot at the nomination (he comes in at about 1 percent in most polls), but because, unlike most ... Read More
On Monday, presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren unveiled her plan to completely eliminate student debt and make college free. It’s a terrible, financially infeasible idea, which is something that has been pointed out many times over by the more economically literate among us. So, I’d like to ask ... Read More
Two eminent public intellectuals -- Jordan B. Peterson, the Canadian psychologist, and Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher -- sold out the Sony Centre in Toronto with their debate “Happiness, Capitalism vs. Marxism.” What followed had little to do with happiness and less to do with capitalism and Marxism, ... Read More