In “How many lives would a more normal president have saved?” New York Times columnist Ross Douthat wonders how many Americans died because of President Trump’s “abnormal” reluctance to embrace stricter lockdown measures. Douthat’s speculations never get close to the likely correct answer, though, which is . . .
2020 is when racial identity politics, after creeping up on Democrats for years, finally pounced and ate the party’s entire brain.
- Example: the startling refusal of Democrats at any level to condemn the nationwide “Black Lives Matter” rioting as an unacceptable form of protest.
- Example: picking a Vice President . . .
Are U.S. COVID Outcomes Better than Europe?
Europe has taken a much harsher economic thrashing from COVID-19 than the United States while suffering fewer deaths. How you rate the pandemic performance of these two great polities thus depends on how you value dollars versus deaths. Arguably, the U.S. has done better than Europe.
Eurozone real GDP in April-to-June 2020 was 15.3% . . .
If President Trump wants to bring the economy quickly back to full employment, he will have to confront the Establishment wing of his Republican party. The clash – if it comes – will be over Establishment Republican hostility to government spending. More spending will be needed to bolster an economy staggering under the blows of . . .
All economic data contain errors, but China’s are a work of art. Like its numbers on COVID-19 infections and deaths, its official economic statistics are political artifacts, carefully devised to cloak the failings and trumpet the superiority of China’s one-party political capitalist system over our liberal-democratic . . .
Some History of African Slavery
Here is an earlier post on the history of African slavery, but leaving out a long preface about the rapper Kanye West that seemed compelling at the time, but quite forgettable now. The subject is the role of African elites in the management of the global slave trade. Most African slaves were sold into slavery by other Africans, by African . . .
My Facebook literary group is keen to read about plagues. Albert Camus’ “The Plague” is popular. I like a more indirect approach to PlagueLit, though.
The classic Chinese novel “Outlaws of the Marsh” is hardly at all about plagues, but the action does get kickstarted by one, as I . . .
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