Umberto Eco wrote that the era in which we live has made fragile the foundations of everything: state, church, business, even reality. We’re left with unbridled individualism, conspicuous consumption and cultish behavior. Sound familiar?
Thousands of Americans are supposed to assemble on Nov. 8 to “scream helplessly at the sky.” Why? Well, why not? It will be one year since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, and that’s reason enough for people to emote angrily if impotently at the seeming injustice of it all.
The memo that got Google employee James Damore fired was wrongly portrayed as an anti-diversity rant. Fairly pedantic and sometimes poorly worded, it was a respectful argument for intellectual diversity.
One can accept that the climate is changing and disagree over the remedies. Schwarzenegger, Brown and their climate co-religionists should stop misleading people and stop insisting there is only one answer to climate change.
As Democrats tear themselves apart over single-payer health care, an opportunity exists to tell another story, a story that just might have the virtue of being true. It’s a story of a once-great state that might be great again.
The chief claim for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is that it would raise living standards for millions of workers in the retail and food-service industries. But that may not be true. The market may not be able to bear it.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s attack on freedom of the press is focused on a despised minority: a pair of pro-life activists who sought to expose and undermine a holy liberal institution, Planned Parenthood.
Many otherwise law-abiding gun owners simply will not comply with the new rules on ammunition purchases and the ban on high-capacity magazines. And why should they? The state lacks effective means of enforcing the new laws, which now ban the possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
About 13 percent of people surveyed just after Thanksgiving said they “blocked, unfriended or stopped following someone on social media” because of a disagreeable political post, according to a Public Religion Research Institute poll.
There won’t be enough “Hamilton Electors” to deny Donald Trump the presidency. But the best possible outcome of all this is already taking shape. Part of the Constitution’s genius is how it teaches us about republican government in spite of ourselves.
Officials are on a lawless course in the coming fight with the Trump administration over illegal immigration. Over the past decade, California has sought deliberately to blur the lines between citizen and non-citizen, between green card holder and “unauthorized immigrant.”