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COVID-19: Freedom Means That We Can Do Stupid Things, Not That We Have To

COVID-19: Freedom Means That We Can Do Stupid Things, Not That We Have To

    By Thomas L. Knapp NBC News reports that US president Donald Trump is “furious” over “underwhelming” attendance at his June 20 campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Only 6,200 of 19,000 seats ended up cradling Trump supporters’ butts. An optimistically pre-arranged overflow area went unused. Explanations abound: Trump’s campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh, blames “radical […]

No, We’re Not All Antifa Now. But We Should Be.

No, We’re Not All Antifa Now. But We Should Be.

    By Thomas L. Knapp “I’ve occasionally encountered mass hysteria in other countries,” Nicholas Kristof writes at the New York Times. “In rural Indonesia, I once reported on a mob that was beheading people believed to be sorcerers, then carrying their heads on pikes. But I never imagined that the United States could plunge […]

“Ballot Access Fairness”: The Answer is Already in Some Voters’ Hands

“Ballot Access Fairness”: The Answer is Already in Some Voters’ Hands

    By Thomas L. Knapp Every two years, independent and “third” party candidates for various offices scramble to get their names on ballots around the United States. Every two years, those candidates come up against — and many of them fail to overcome — “ballot access” obstacles custom-made to produce the Republican/Democratic monopoly on […]

COVID-19: “Second Wave” or Not, No More Lockdowns

COVID-19: “Second Wave” or Not, No More Lockdowns

    By Thomas L. Knapp Here we go again: Fear of a “second wave” of COVID-19 infections is on world tour. Naturally, the same “experts” who demanded a global lockdown/shutdown in response to the “first wave” are saddling up for an encore. Their logic, faulty the first time around, is even more so the […]

Police Violence: “Reform” Is Not Enough

Police Violence: “Reform” Is Not Enough

    By Thomas L. Knapp Every few years, some particular instance of a pervasive phenomenon — police violence in the form of unjustified or at least highly questionable killings — “goes viral” with the result that America’s cities explode in protest. Every time that happens, some American politicians complain about a non-existent “war on […]

This is the Most Important Presidential Election Since the Last Presidential Election

This is the Most Important Presidential Election Since the Last Presidential Election

    By Thomas L. Knapp Every four years without fail (and usually a little earlier in each quadrennial cycle),  both “major” American political parties wind up and toss the same slow, fat pitch across the public’s plate: This is the most important presidential election of our lifetimes. Maybe even the most important presidential election […]

Time to Stop Messing Around and Strike at the Root of Police Violence

Time to Stop Messing Around and Strike at the Root of Police Violence

    By Thomas  L. Knapp Protests quickly broke out nationwide following the May 25 killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, which was caught on video and quickly went viral. Yes, Chauvin has been arrested and charged with murder. Yes, the usual “voices of reason” are issuing a new round of […]

Trump’s “Free Speech:” Doctrine: Never, Ever, Ever Mention He’s a Liar

Trump’s “Free Speech:” Doctrine: Never, Ever, Ever Mention He’s a Liar

    By Thomas L. Knapp On May 28, US president Donald Trump signed an executive order on “Preventing Online Censorship.” From the title and the document respectively we can draw to two lessons. First: Never, ever, ever believe the title of a government document. The internal texts of congressional bills and resolutions, as well […]

The Banality of Evil, COVID-19 Edition

The Banality of Evil, COVID-19 Edition

    By Thomas L. Knapp As the COVID-19 pandemic ran its deadly course in New York, governor Andrew Cuomo  affirmed a state policy forbidding nursing homes to reject suffering from the disease. At least partially as a result (Cuomo himself acknowledged early on that the virus spreads through such facilities “like fire through dry […]

Quorum Call: Don’t Expect the Constitution to Stop Pelosi’s House Hijinks

Quorum Call: Don’t Expect the Constitution to Stop Pelosi’s House Hijinks

    By Thomas L. Knapp In mid-May, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution authorizing remote voting by proxy. Per the resolution, one congressperson may vote on behalf of up to ten others. In theory,  as few as 40 of the House’s 435 members could show up in Washington for the House to […]

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