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ALEXANDRA HUDSON: Restoring Civility in Our Politics.
Donald Trump’s ascendance to the pinnacle of American public life was a stressor to our nation’s, and our world’s, problem with incivility. But incivility among public officials, or in human affairs in general, is nothing new. Trump’s crass behavior exposed problems and heightened divisions that have long existed both in our nature and in contemporary culture.
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CATHY YOUNG: Defeatism or Hope in Ukraine?
ON TUESDAY, ANDRIY YERMAK, chief of staff to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, recommended on Telegram that “everyone read” a “very important report” about Zelensky in Time magazine, summed up in the money quote that also became the headline: “Nobody believes in our victory like I do.” Just a few minutes later, though, Yermak took down his post. During those ten minutes, he apparently realized that the cover story by Time’s Simon Shuster was nothing to cheer for or to brag about.
PETER C. MEILAENDER: ‘The Pioneers’ at 200: Nature vs. Civilization
IN HIS SECOND TREATISE OF GOVERNMENT, John Locke pondered the problem of how individuals could come to possess private property if God had originally given the world to all people in common. That this must somehow be possible, Locke felt certain. He highlighted its necessity with a memorable image: “The Fruit, or Venison, which nourishes the wild Indian . . . must be his, and so his, i.e. a part of him, that another can no longer have any right to it, before it can do him any good for the support of his Life.” Once I’ve eaten the venison, I need to be absolutely certain that no one else can come along and still lay claim to it.
TGIF! And thanks to all who came out last night to our first event watch party! I appreciated all the suggestions. We’ve come a long way since our first-ever Bulwark event in D.C., which was audio only. They’ll just keep getting better.
Ad astra per aspera… Ken Mattingly, RIP.
Congratulations are in order… To our friends at The Connors Forum, which has now officially become the Connors Institute for Nonpartisan Research and Civic Engagement at Shippensburg University. You can visit us at ConnorsInstitute.org.
The cruelty is the point…. Corrupt Trump-era Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was sent back to Congress by Montana voters, and he’s proposing what Tim Miller calls “Essentially a Palestinian Removal Act.” There are 10 GOP cosponsors, none a surprise.
“A movie star in waiting...” This new flick about the career of Harrison Ford looks fantastic.
George Santos sent thank you letters to Democrats… Here’s what Jamie Raskin did in response.
‘I’ve already been dead once’… A must-read profile in the Post on John Fetterman, unleashed. I must confess that, as a Conor Lamb-kinda guy, I was worried about Fetterman and how he might steer the Democratic party. And so far, I am happy to admit that those worries have been very much misplaced.
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