Category Archives: Politics and Economics

The View from the Back of the Theater, Further.

Fenster writes: I wrote here of Andrew McCarthy’s analysis of the current political situation that while McCarthy sticks to the facts and builds hypotheses carefully on the basis of what is actually known, he is left hanging, unable to come … Continue reading

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The View from the Back of the Theater, Con’t.

Fenster writes: Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy once again delivers a clear-headed and legally meticulous analysis of the current mess. If you can find fault with his reasoning or facts have at it. If not and you prefer to just … Continue reading

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Tyler Cowen on Free Speech, Trump-style

Fenster writes: Trump has said he will issue an executive order requiring higher education institutions to play by free speech rules or else lose federal research dollars. While the details are unknown and who knows if he will do it … Continue reading

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More Good News on Asset Forfeiture

Fenster writes: State and local police in many jurisdictions regularly seize property in the course of their duties.  Sometimes property is seized in the context of a conviction–for instance the taking of a car from a person convicted of a … Continue reading

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Wither the Yellow Vests?

Fenster writes: The American press has had a herky-jerk relationship with the Yellow Vests.  The media avoided much mention of the protests when they first occurred, presumably banking on them fading away quickly.  Then, when it became apparent that coverage … Continue reading

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Pinkerian Pollyannism?

Fenster writes: Here in the Wall Street Journal we find more cheery optimism about the world.  This  could all be true.  It could possibly just be Pinkerian Pollyannism.  Or perhaps it is both. As with disease, poverty is being eradicated … Continue reading

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Notes on “Roma”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: In “Roma,” writer-director Alfonso Cuarón rationalizes chic aesthetic loop-the-loops by pretending to social consciousness. The movie concerns an indigenous maid who serves a white Mexican family. Though critics have compared it to Italian Neorealism, its canned … Continue reading

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