You don't say: ". . . an arguably benevolent example of consumerism run amok."
Yet another hot new idea that might well be not so hot.
Arrived at decades ago this forecast sure seems to hit the bullseye:
Once a group of formerly oppressed people finally win concessions from the larger society, it can be experienced as a shock, trauma, or shame that throws its members back on their own inadequacies. The energies spent in pursuit of freedom are useless once it is obtained. There arises instead a powerful impulse to use identity as a means to power. If a newly liberated group convinces itself that it is still oppressed, the demands of freedom can be evaded with a clear conscience. This is why revolutionary sentiment is not necessarily correlated with the degree of oppression a group of people experience but with the diminishing legitimacy and power of the larger society. Ironically, “anger in the oppressed is a response to perceived opportunity, not to injustice. And expressions of anger escalate not with more injustice but with less injustice.”9 Why else would the black power movement have expanded only after the victories of the civil rights movement? And why else would Black Lives Matter arise only after the election of the first black president? Progress is often met with an expanded notion of what real progress would mean.
From last year, but I don't imagine there's been a big change this year. Why I take all telephone polls with several tons of salt.
In 2017 and 2018, typical telephone survey response rates fell to 7% and 6%, respectively, according to the Center’s latest data.
Andrew McCarthy does an outstanding job making the case for Trump. I don't think that Trump's loose talk is as harmful as Mr. McCarthy assesses it, but that's a nitpick. This is a piece that zeroes in on the fundamental, essential point:
The most compelling case for Trump has never been Trump. It has always been, and remains, Trump . . . as opposed to what?
Also, I recommend spending a minute with this young woman: "If you’re liberal, can’t stand Trump and fathom why people will vote for him - this is why".
Mark J. Perry notes the amazing fact. (Link via Instapundit who titles it, "What has capitalism ever done for poor people?")
Amazon, Nike, and Chick-fil-A are the winners.
May well be of interest to anybody with school-age kids.
Related: "School Districts' Reopening Plans: A Snapshot".
Sounds really reasonable to me.
(So it's no surprise that a writer for the really Lefty Nation thinks that focused protection is a "deadly delusion".)
Related: "The Great Barrington Declaration and Its Critics".
"Portland Protests Have Been 'Hijacked By Criminals' And Downtown Residents Are Now Pleading For Law And Order"
My deepest sympathies to the law-abiding residents of Portland OR.