Category: public opinion

How the Pandemic Response Changed My Thinking

Commentary Looking back to the “before times”—meaning before the middle of March 2020—we were all quite naive about liberty, technology, the mob, and the state. Most of us had no idea what was possible and that the dystopia in movies could become real in our times, and so suddenly. The intellectual parlor games were over;…


Facts Matter (April 26): 5 Major Changes for Twitter After Board “Unanimously Approves” Musk to Buy Company for $44B

Monday afternoon, the board of directors at Twitter announced that they are accepting Elon Musk’s bid to purchase the company in its entirety. Specifically, Monday was the culmination of three months’ worth of strategic jockeying on the part of Musk to successfully buy one of the most popular social media companies in the world—and arguably,…


How Public Opinion Ended Covid, and Started the Next Thing

Commentary Anew poll publicized on Fox News reports that “Most Americans back Russian oil sanctions, even with soaring gas prices.” The incredible number is 77 percent. It means of course that many people are actually making some connection between the sanctions and the price of gas, forgetting that gas prices rose 50 percent before the sanctions. These…


George Washington and Self-Government

Commentary As George Washington’s first presidential administration, the first term of government under the United States Constitution, neared its end in 1793, the president found himself confronting a form of populism antithetical to stable politics in a republic. The situation emerged from the turbulent development of highly polarized partisan politics, along with efforts by France’s…