The spike in anti-Asian violence is real — but we need facts, not moral panic and politicized narratives

Amidst ongoing concerns about an apparent spike in violence against the Asian-American community, a horrific killing spree that seemed to primarily target Asian-American women erupted in Atlanta on Tuesday. Robert Allan Long, 21, has been charged in the fatal shootings of eight people, six of them women of Asian background…

The problem is not a publisher’s decision to discontinue some titles; it’s the ascendancy of a cultish version of “social justice”

If you roll your eyes at the mere mention of the Dr. Seuss controversy, I don’t blame you. No, it’s not “book-banning” when Dr. Seuss Enterprises, a private corporation, discontinues new printings of six mostly obscure books; yes, we have far more important things to worry about right now. That…

The New York Times hit piece on a heterodox blogger is a bad stumble — the latest of many

Fresh from an embarrassing controversy over runaway “wokeness” — a star science reporter forced out for a nearly two-year-old offense of “repeating a racist slur in the context of a conversation about racist language” because some outraged staffers decided a reprimand at the time wasn’t enough; a statement conveying that…

Confronting “woke” illiberalism in the post-Trump era

The Trump presidency is over. Democrats control the White House and both houses of Congress. Faithful Democrats and devout progressives have reason to be jubilant (even if the latter may find Joe Biden too moderate). It’s far more complicated for those of us — independents, moderate Republicans, even centrist Democrats…

While some abuse the term, a Cancel Culture does exist — and sometimes targets minor slips and legitimate opinions

The past year’s debate over a progressive “cancel culture” in America has flared up again, partly because some supporters of Donald Trump have been invoking the term to gripe about various penalties (legal and extralegal) for the recent attempt to overturn a democratic election.

In a particularly absurd moment, Congressman…

The edifice of Trumpism has collapsed. It was rotten from the very beginning.

For more than four years — ever since Donald Trump captured the Republican presidential nomination — those of us who opposed the normalization of Trumpism have been accused of being in the throes of “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”

On January 6, 2021, the real Trump Derangement Syndrome was on full display…

No, the Republicans of 2020 are not the Democrats of 2016

Even after the Electoral College officially proclaimed Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 election on December 14, Donald Trump has continued to insist that he won and that he still has a path to victory. Many Republicans, including elected officials, are continuing to play along and amplify outlandish election-fraud…

Attacks on the legitimacy of American presidents are not new — but what Trump is doing now is unprecedented and destructive

Two weeks after Joe Biden gave his acceptance speech as President-elect of the United States — recognized by all major media organizations, most foreign leaders, all American Democratic politicians and several prominent Republicans — current President Donald Trump, the loser of the 2020 election, refuses to concede, continues to block…

The case for booting Trump if you’re concerned about “social justice” radicalism is strong

The corner of the internet sometimes known as “anti-wokeness,” “anti-SJW” (“social justice warrior”), or the IDW (Intellectual Dark Web) has been in a state of war over today’s presidential election.

Some notable critics of the “woke left” (associated with identity politics and “cancel culture”) are embracing Donald Trump as a…

Cathy Young

Russian-Jewish-American writer. Associate editor, Arc Digital; contributor, Reason, Newsday, The Forward etc. https://www.patreon.com/CathyYoung

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