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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

Will "Law-and-Order Minorities" Put Trump Over the Top in 2020?

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 “BlackSilvrback blog image Lives Matter” rioting as an unacceptable form of protest.
  • Example: picking a Vice President . . .

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August 26, 2020

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

Why Trump?

I try to stay away from overtly partisan political blogging. One more article on why we should loathe or love Donald Trump? Please. Still, it’s hard to resist the odd political observation. There was abundant commentary in late January on the first anniversary of the Trump presidency. The President’s supporters celebrated his . . .

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February 06, 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

Walter Russell Mead on the American Political Crisis

In early 2016 historian Walter Russell Mead wrote a prescient analysis of the American political crisis that was to burst fully into the open only some months later, with Donald Trump’s victory in the November presidential election.  I vaguely recalled Mead’s brilliant description of the enormous elite interests lined up . . .

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December 16, 2017

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