From the left: Don’t Bash ‘Populism’
At The Guardian, Thomas Frank admits he cringes every time he hears fellow progressives treat “populism” as a “synonym for everything that is wrong” with conservative-nationalist leaders like President Trump or Hungary’s Viktor Orbán. After all, the word traces its roots to left-wing movements in the late 19th century — including “the rough American equivalent of the labor parties and social-democratic unions springing up in other lands.” The original populists formed “a mass movement of farmers and industrial workers demanding action by the government to improve the economic situation of ordinary people and . . . a war on corruption, as well.” It wasn’t until the 1950s that intellectuals soured on populism, and the word became a byword for “irrational” resentments — this, even though historians have since disproved that assessment. Elite anti-populist disdain persists today, especially among “a certain class of people” — professional-managerial elites — for whom “hating populism” is part of their “grand vision of how society ought to be directed”: namely, by them.
From the right: Good News Is Out There
It’s a dark moment in American life — but not without its “good news,” Glenn Harlan Reynolds writes at USA Today. The recent Arab-Israeli accords have “taken the poison” out of the “biggest destabilizing force in the region.” The US economy is starting to look up, too, with unemployment numbers down, promising a return to “something like pre-pandemic levels in the next few months.” Finally, take comfort that “the new frontier keeps getting closer,” with a Venus mission and a moon lander in the works.
Pandemic Journal: Biden’s COVID Sloganeering
While President Trump’s critics accuse him of mishandling the pandemic, Joe Biden’s “follow-the-science” plan is less a strategy than a “slogan” — and one that misunderstands “the nature of science and its limitations,” explains Bloomberg Opinion’s Faye Flam. Countries like Sweden, China and New Zealand, after all, have set wildly different priorities in responding to the same scientific facts. “How we weigh those priorities is a matter for public policy.” America’s problem isn’t that lawmakers are ignoring science, but that they have followed a “patchwork” approach, marked by the same “polarization” that disfigures so much of our national life. We can’t decide where the line should be between “protesting even the most basic, voluntary measures” and “wanting to forbid face-to-face human interactions indefinitely.” But contra Biden’s talking points, that isn’t a scientific question — it’s a political one.
Foreign desk: Behind Don’s Diplomatic Triumph
Israeli and Bahraini leaders will gather Tuesday at the White House “to sign a historic peace deal,” Charles Lipson notes at Spectator USA. What prompted this “significant” achievement, following on the earlier Israeli-Emirati accord? It’s all thanks to President Trump’s approach, which differs radically from his two immediate predecessors’. “Unlike George W. Bush, who fought a land war in Iraq post 9/11 and deployed thousands of troops throughout the region, Trump is pulling back” — thus impelling Sunni Arab states to form a “common front” against Iran with Israel (rather than depend on US power). Unlike President Barack Obama, however, Trump has reassured the Arab states, even declining to criticize Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on human rights. “Noxious or not, his policy had a larger strategic purpose, one that is bearing fruit in recent agreements.”
Iconoclast: Recovering the Joy of Football
After months of COVID-19 grimness, The Week’s Matthew Walther cheers, “I and millions of other Americans were able to forget about the last half year and enjoy a football game” last Thursday night. The game wasn’t “one for the ages,” as the Kansas City Chiefs utterly and predictably crushed the Houston Texans. And the sight of “sentient adults” pretending that on-and-off masks help fight the virus was plain “absurd.” But never mind all that: “I have a serious sinus infection. My wife’s right foot is in a cast boot. And Thursday night was the most fun we have had since March.”
— Compiled by Sohrab Ahmari & Ashley Adams
New York Post
- Watch Davido Cruising A 15 Million Naira Can-AM Spyder F3 Trick (+Video)October 28, 2020In an ongoing video, Davido was spotted cruising a 15 Million Naira Can-AM Spyder F3 Trick. It would appear that the Musician is attempting to ...[Read more]
- See The Top 10 World Richest Actors 2020October 28, 2020It’s a well known truth that Hollywood and Bollywood are the top film industry in the world known for delivering the best movies as well as ...[Read more]
- ” Why are you hiding your shoe?” – Netizen asks Ozo After He Shared A PhotographOctober 27, 2020Ex Big Brother Naija housemate, Ozo shared a photograph on his Instagram page which didn’t show his shoes. Shockingly enough, that was what one ...[Read more]
- For The First Time Lagos State Judicial Panel Start Probing ProcessOctober 27, 2020The Nigerian legal board set up to enquire into police brutality for the first time today. The present sitting was pointed toward distinguishing ...[Read more]
- The Alafin of Oyo blames President Buhari over the Lekki toll gate shootingOctober 27, 2020Speaking at stakeholders meeting at the House Of Chiefs, the Alafin of Oyo blamed the events of 20th October on the president. According to him, his ...[Read more]
- FIFA President, Gianni Infantino tests positive for for CoronavirusOctober 27, 2020Unfortunate news coming out of the world of football has confirmed that the president of the world’s governing body for soccer has contracted ...[Read more]
- Pastor Enoch Adeboye Declares 30 days days of fasting and prayer to pray for the nationOctober 27, 2020Senior Pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCGG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye has declared 30 days of fasting and prayer for its members. Pastor ...[Read more]
- BBNaija Dorathy signs an ambassadorial deal with a herbal cosmetic company vspbotanicsOctober 27, 2020Former Big Brother Naija has signed an ambassadorial deal with a herbal cosmetic company vspbotanics. She informed her followers about the good news ...[Read more]
- Popular Nigerian comedian, Crazeclown bless God for suriviving a fatal accidentOctober 27, 2020After surviving what seemed like a fatal accident, the popular Nigerian comedian, Crazeclown is offering heartfelt thanks to God. Retelling his story ...[Read more]
- Dino Melaye has taken to social media to raise an alarm that a group of thugs are heading for his houseOctober 27, 2020Nigerian politician and senator, Dino Melaye has taken to social media to raise an alarm that a group of thugs are heading for his house. Taking to ...[Read more]