Iconoclast: politicized pharmaceuticals
“Can a drug be ‘right-wing’? Matt Taibbi asks his TK News. Ivermectin, which has shown promise in treating severe cases of COVID, “has suffered the same fate as” many “subjects since Donald Trump” announced his presidential candidacy, inhabiting “distinct factual universes for the public left and right, “with news” clearly in the public interest “censored.” Should people on their death beds be allowed to try anything to save themselves? “C ‘ is “obvious,” but hospitals have made “extraordinary efforts to refuse treatment even with dying patients who had exhausted all other options.” It is “becoming a test case” for “the amount of contribution that patients should have in their own treatment ”and“ the hostage of a larger global struggle between populists and anti-populists. ”The former believe that“ those responsible tend to lie and are untrustworthy ”, while the latter associate “unapproved remedies to political theories of stolen elections.” A polarized population can no longer agree on anything, “even if its life depends on it”.
Conservative: stop obsessing over skin color
At the Washington Times, Everett Piper begs Americans to “please stop talking about ‘whites’ and ‘blacks’. Millions of Americans “just don’t care about your color” and “racist nonsense” is tearing the country apart. Even in churches, “transparent us-versus-them empowerment is rampant,” inspired by sermons from pastors whose agenda is “to balkanize us into competing groups with irreconcilable demands”. Chairs “preaching this nonsense pump spiritual carcinogens into a cultural cancer that gets smarter with each passing day, inevitably leading to more exclusion rather than inclusion, more segregation rather than integration.” We are and must remain “a nation under God, indivisible”.
Historian: The Cruelty of Progressivism
“The new progressivism,” Victor Davis Hanson thunders against American Greatness, “is a cruel creed” which “sees humanity as a mottled abstraction, and not as embodied humans. . . . And the carnage it causes to the masses is still acceptable damage. Thus, de facto open borders testify to the “morally superior commitment” of the left, whatever the “collateral damage which ensues”, such as “the predation of the cartels on the vulnerable people, the superimposition of social services on the victims. at the expense of poor Americans, higher crime rates. and gang violence ”and so on. Likewise, “if it is a question of choosing between reducing the approximately 700 gun deaths of blacks in Chicago by increasing the police presence to protect downtown residents, and thus losing the progressive narrative of an epidemic of violence. racist rogue cops out of control, then downtown violence is a tolerable price. “
Urban rhythm: Backlash by the Bay
“Citizens’ cries” for officials to clean up Dodge Place – a residential street in San Francisco that has become a drug-ravaged dystopia – “have gone largely unanswered,” Erica Sandberg told The City Journal. The district is now “a particularly intense concentrate” of misery. Yet there is “only one limit to what law enforcement can do”; The DA Chesa Boudin “resists pursuing” the dealers arrested by the cops. Other officials “justify their inaction by citing the rhetoric that the war on drugs does little more than incarcerate marginalized people.” But a “backlash” from voters is “strengthening”: Boudin faces a recall election. A recent poll found that 76% of citizens want more cops in high crime areas. “Civil servants who wish to keep their seats or run for a higher position will face the wrath of voters who are no longer complacent. “
Cultural Critic: Victoria’s Secret Feminist Ruse
Victoria’s Secret is changing its name, but, warns Kristina Murkett of Spectator USA, “Make no mistake: it has little to do with empowering women.” The lingerie company recently announced that it will replace its sexy catwalks with “accomplished women who share a common passion for driving positive change,” as a statement put it, including “American footballer Megan Rapinoe, freestyle skier Chinese-American Eileen Gu, plus-size model Paloma Elsesser, “as well as a trans woman. Be realistic, says Murkett:” This is a marketing tactic for a declining brand to regain some semblance of cultural (and income) relevance … Its products are overpriced and its sizes limited, misleading and inconsistent, hence that sad Hail Mary marketing bag.
– Compiled by the Post Editorial Board