Magazine February 25, 2019, Issue

Everyone a Conscript

American philosopher William James and New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (James: New York Times Co./Getty Images; Ocasio-Cortez: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
Metaphorical wars, drummed-up crises, and the link between statism and one-nation politics

‘So, when we talk about existential threats — the last time we had a really major existential threat to this country was around World War II,” then-candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explained at a town-hall meeting last fall, making her case for a “Green New Deal.” Referencing the way America mobilized for war against the Nazis, she granted that “none of these things are new ideas” and that World War II provides a “blueprint of doing this before.”

Putting aside the temptation to dwell on the question of what a minor existential threat might look like as opposed to a “really major” one,

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