Thomas L. Knapp

Thomas L. Knapp

On Oct. 5, former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen testified before the U.S. Senate, decrying her former employer's "destructive impact" and warning that "without action, divisive and extremist behaviors we see today are only the beginning."

Over the last two years — since the New York Times introduced its 1619 Project  to "reframe the country's history" around the consequences of slavery — something called "Critical Race Theory" has become the new football in the never-ending political struggle to control the content of K-12 education in America.

"I’m a small business owner," someone identified as "Andy" writes to syndicated advice columnists J.T. and Dale, "and I can’t believe how many people just don’t want to work anymore. ... my business is suffering, because I can’t get employees."

When debating immigration policy with people who have deluded themselves into believing that it's any of their business where other people choose to live or work, I run into a lot of bad arguments. Of all those arguments, probably the silliest is "but they don't speak English."

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 11:42

OPINION: AOC unmasks the ruling class

"Working class Bronx native" served U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) well as "elect me" schtick in 2018.

On July 26, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order under which the U.S. government's Medicare Part D program would have negotiated lower prescription drug prices based on an "International Price Index."

"We've been patient, but our patience is wearing thin," U.S. President Joe Biden said on Sept. 9 as he announced his plan to require more than 80 million private sector American workers to consent (sic) to a COVID-19 vaccine, or submit to weekly testing, or be fired by companies with more than 100 employees (those companies will be fined $14,000, by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, for each instance of failure to enforce the edict).

Twenty years after the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government is finally —well, probably, kinda sorta — ending its lost war with Afghanistan, drawing down its presence in Iraq, and reducing the heat of its "global war on terror" from a rolling boil to hot-tub temperature.

"What Drove 9 Moderate House Democrats To Hold Up Their Party’s Agenda?" Nathaniel Rakich asks at FiveThirtyEight. "[N]ine moderate Democrats threatened to vote no on moving forward with Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget resolution, unless the House first voted to pass the Senate’s bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure package."

We're still hearing a lot about "mask mandates" in COVID-19-era America, but my experiences (and those of acquaintances) over the last few days suggest that the supposed mandates have functionally become mere advisories.

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