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The Mystery of the Lockdowns

Silvrback blog imageIn “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 . . .

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September 12, 2020

"My folks sell me and yo' folks buy me." (Shorter version)

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 theSilvrback blog image global slave trade. Most African slaves were sold into slavery by other Africans, by African . . .

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April 13, 2020

Fox Force Five and the Great 'Women's March' Heist

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 Silvrback blog imageMarch” 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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December 18, 2018

American Virtù: Discourses by Michael Anton

Students of ‘intellectual Trumpism’ will be interested in parts of this recent interview with Michael Anton upon his leaving the National Security Council to take up a fellowship at Hillsdale College.  Under the pen name Publius Decius Mus, Anton was the author of probably the single most consequential political article . . .

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April 16, 2018

“19 Things We Learned from the 2016 Election” – I am scared

Silvrback blog imageStatistician Andrew Gelman and political scientist Julia Azari have an interesting discussion paper on “19 Things We Learned from the 2016 Election”.  The 19 things are grouped under Nominations and Campaigning, Polling and the News Media, How Voters Make Decisions, and The US Political Environment.  Here are a few that . . .

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December 25, 2017

Emancipation Day 1905 - and 'The Strange Career of Jim Crow'

Silvrback blog imageFrom the Washington Post of April 4, 1905:

“Richmond, Va., April 3 -- Thousands of Negroes observed Emancipation Day in Virginia today. The occasion resulted in an outpouring of the race never before equaled, armed with miniature United States flags and attended by brass bands.

"In addition, there was a unique feature to-night, . . .

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December 21, 2017

The spectacle of skill

Silvrback blog imageTo watch Simone Biles win four gold medals for gymnastics at the Rio Olympics was to feel a special emotion, an abundant admiration for the sheer spectacle of skill. She might (or might not) be quite undistinguished in everything else she does, and  gymnastics may do nothing to solve hunger or climate change, and yet to do this one . . .

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December 19, 2017

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