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Steve Bannon Gives Steve Bannon a Pep Talk

Flattery and fatuousness.

It is a testament to America’s near limitless tolerance for failure that Steve Bannon manages to secure a platform in the political press seemingly whenever he wants one.

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Roundup, the Usual Suspects

"It’s expensive when error prevails."

The American tort system has generated many litigation campaigns and completed verdicts we now recognize as scientific embarrassments. Among them are lawsuits claiming that silicone breast implants caused auto-immune disease, common childhood vaccines caused autism, the morning sickness drug Bendectin caused birth defects, one or another make of car suddenly accelerated without any input from the driver or gas pedal, and so forth.

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Podcast: That Dirty Word, Socialism

Podcast: Utopians everywhere.

It’s the socialism episode! The COMMENTARY podcast dissects the appeal of modern “democratic socialism,” explores its agenda, identifies its historical antecedents, and, ultimately, diagnoses its flaws.

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How Not to Win Media Trust

Preening doesn't work.

Donald Trump’s demagogic rhetoric on the media is dangerous and un-American. When he describes reporters and editors as “enemies of the people,” or when he chuckles at Rodrigo Duterte’s remark that the media are “spies,” the president wounds the dignity of his office and America’s already-infirm civic health. The question is what the media should do to check the president’s rhetorical excesses.

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Why America Is Great

Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, told a stunned crowd on Wednesday that the United States of America “was never that great.” He followed that flat-footed line with a series of bromides about how America will “reach greatness” when mankind ceases to stereotype, discriminate, and degrade one another, but the damage was done. Cuomo’s primary opponent, the progressive insurgent and former actress Cynthia Nixon, mocked the governor for failing in the attempt to mimic “what a progressive sounds like.” That is a telling admission. Presumably, Nixon’s idealized “progressive” would more adroitly explain why American greatness is overstated.

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