It’s Not ‘Asymmetric Polarization’ When It’s Democrats

Double standards are standards nonetheless.

Ask liberal Democrats what they miss most about the Obama era, and one item you’re unlikely to hear them pine for is their lost sense of intellectual superiority. Donald Trump’s surprise ascension to the presidency did not impose humility on his critics. One formerly ubiquitous pseudo-scientific justification for liberal chauvinism has, however, faded into memory: the so-called crisis of “asymmetric polarization,” whereby those on one side of the political spectrum radicalize and those on the other do not. The phenomenon hasn’t disappeared. It’s simply become more pronounced on the left than it supposedly was on the right, which is why you no longer hear about it.

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It’s Not ‘Asymmetric Polarization’ When It’s Democrats

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North Korea Is No Laughing Matter

The South Park Presidency.

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How Much Moore Can We Take?

Moore, Duterte, and the NSA

audio: https://soundcloud.com/commentarymagazine/how_much_moore_can_we_take

On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week, the gang (minus Noah Rothman) covers the accusations of sexual misconduct against the Roy Moore, his strange defense, and his even stranger defenders. We also talk about President Trump’s press conference with Rodrigo Duterte and the explosive news of a massive cyberattack on the NSA. Give a listen.

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A Legal Challenge to the European Culture of Death

The rights of the survived.

Tom Mortier didn’t get a chance to change his mother’s mind or even to say goodbye. On April 19, 2012, his mother, Godelieva De Troyer, asked two friends to drive her to the Free University of Brussels. There, Wim Distelmans, Belgium’s leading euthanasia proponent and provider, gave her a lethal injection. She was 64 and in good physical health. Mortier didn’t find out until the following day. Distelmans didn’t notify him before taking his mother’s life.

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Where Have All the Protests Gone?

Lost visibility, increased strength.

On Tuesday, Democrats showed that they could mobilize a coalition of voters and begin to take the country’s elected offices back from the Republicans who seized them over the course of the Obama era. You might think this would be cause for celebration among the so-called anti-Trump “Resistance.” But just 24 hours after a stunning series of Democratic victories across the country, the mood on the streets among the resisters was mixed. Perhaps that was, in part, because there were so few of them.

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Morally Bankrupt

Great disappointments.

Among the more confusing aspects of the uniquely confusing 2016 election cycle was the unfailing kinship evangelical Republicans displayed toward Donald Trump, a man who not only did not share their ostensible values but so frequently offended them. The thrice-married, boastfully adulterous Trump won 81 percent of born-again or Evangelical Christians, and their support has not waned. Evangelical leaders and voters alike have conspicuously refused to criticize the president, even when he deserves it. Sympathetic portraits of a culture in crisis supposedly justified this cognitive dissonance because, even if Trump weren’t perfect, he was the last bulwark against the tyranny of liberal secularism.

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