Emperor Renzong, Xi Jinping’s ‘Party-State,’ and democratic Taiwan
As the coronavirus pandemic that began in China makes its way among us, with a modest cough and a friendly handshake, it brings to my bookish mind another epidemic in that country, the one that sets in motion the classic Chinese novel “The Outlaws of the Marsh.” That was in the reign of Emperor Renzong (AD 1022-1063), the . . .
"In the end I won the game"
“his happiest ever school holiday – from Winchester college – was spent working his way, from 6 am to 10 pm, through 700 problems in Piaggio’s Differential . . .
In the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof offers to explain “What’s Different About This Impeachment” compared to Watergate:
“The essential difference between Nixon and Trump lies not in their misconduct or in their unsuitability for office, but in the grim refusal of today’s Republican Party to notice . . .
Disaster Journalism High and Low
The New York Times has a human interest story, “Along Hurricane Dorian’s Tortured Path, Millions are United in Fear,” a fine example of quality upper-crust American journalism, against which it is interesting to contrast “’Waffle House Index’ is a real thing during disasters. How does the restaurant . . .
No political bias here, you think?
The other day I at last forced back my terror and signed up for Twitter. I reckon if I stay quiet, lie low, and wag my tail submissively I won't be "doxxed," humiliated, have my life destroyed; get hunted down, disemboweled and eaten on the hot, asphalt pavement by a pack of mad dog SJWs.
To help me on my way, Twitter kindly offered . . .
"He had a rendezvous with history and failed to show up"
An essay by Philippe Lemoine on the rise and political demise of French President Emmanuel Macron contains these perceptive remarks on the managerial elites that now run France, and, more or less, the other liberal-democratic states of Europe and North America:
“Macron is a product of the French meritocracy. He went to the . . .
Antisemitism as career strategy
Leah McSweeney and Jacob Siegel have a splendid investigative report at Tablet magazine - “Is the Women’s March Melting Down?” - on the capture of the “Women’s March” by a band of racial go-getters, and the movement’s subsequent and ongoing crackup. Here is an abundance of insights into the pitiless . . .
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