Magazine February 25, 2019, Issue

A Syllabus of Errors

Democratic members of Congress react during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., February 5, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS)
The emerging Democratic agenda for 2020

The age of Trump is supposedly an age of Republican radicalism, a phenomenon about which we hear daily — indeed, hourly, if we endure cable-news commentary and talk radio.

But that Republican radicalism is almost nowhere to be found in the Republican policy agenda. President Donald Trump is a wild man on Twitter; in the Oval Office, pen in hand, he’s Jeb Bush. His signature domestic-policy achievement is a mostly conventional Republican tax cut that actually conflicted with much of what he had promised during the campaign, when he talked about jacking up taxes on investors and multinational business concerns.

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Books, Arts & Manners


Law and Disorder

Amy L. Wax reviews Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing, by Issa Kohler-Hausmann.




Readers write in to address Kevin D. WIlliamson’s essay on Antifa and Douglas Murray’s recent comments on hate crimes.
The Week

The Week

Everyone watched on television, but it was a defensive, low-scoring affair. The Super Bowl was kind of boring, too.


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