Magazine October 19, 2009, Issue


A ‘Nokia N97’ phone on December 2, 2008 (Albert Gea/Reuters)

Populists Are Sometimes RightNormally I look forward to Florence King’s “Bent Pin” column, but her commentary on the recent town-hall protests, “Put Down That Pitchfork” (September 21), disappointed me. Perhaps a better title for the column would have been, “Rustics You Are and Rustics You Shall Remain!”

It’s not that I don’t sympathize with her disdain for populism. That is typically very easy, since populists have a habit of endorsing the wrong policies for the wrong reasons. But the case of the town-hall protests is a bit complicated, for the populists are on the right side of the issue, even if

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The Wuhan Lab Cover-Up

The Wuhan Lab Cover-Up

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