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

A police officer stands outside one of the attacked Atlanta massage parlors March 16, 2021 (Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty)

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, at three businesses: Youngs Asian Massage Parlor, Gold Massage Spa, and Aromatherapy Spa. Long has told investigators that he was seeking to eliminate the “temptations” he saw as causing his sex addiction.

That’s not the final word, obviously, and doesn’t rule out a racial motive. A killer’s words can provide…

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

First Lady Michelle Obama reading The Cat in the Hat to kids at Ft. Bragg, March 12, 2009 (Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty)

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 Battle for Dr. Seuss features such sublime silliness as the dramatic reading of Green Eggs and Ham by House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) is certainly an added incentive for eye-rolling.

And yet there are good reasons to care — not because of the direct impact of the publisher’s…

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

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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 intent doesn’t matter which the leadership then had to walk back — The New York Times has wandered into an even worse culture-war skirmish. This one involves bad (and arguably dishonest) reporting as well as accusations of vindictiveness and violation of privacy. It’s a clash pitting the Times against a…

Confronting “woke” illiberalism in the post-Trump era

Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden in the White House, February 11, 2021 (Doug Mills-Pool/Getty)

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 — who believe that modern progressivism is also toxic and holds too much sway in the Democratic Party in 2021.

So: What now?

Some anti-Trump, anti-left centrists are already alarmed at signs that Biden is pandering to a militant leftist agenda, at least on cultural issues. Just two days after…

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

“Dangerous Liaisons,” based on an 18th-century French novel, shows a different version of a cancel culture

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 Jim Jordan asserted from the House floor that the impeachment of Donald Trump, in response to the president siccing a violent mob on the U.S. Congress to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s victory, was “cancel culture” in action. …

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

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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 in the nation’s capital as supporters of the defeated president violently stormed the Capitol, fought the police, vandalized the building, and briefly forced Congress into hiding to prevent the certification of election results Trump has groundlessly declared to be fraudulent.

At noon, Trump wound up his supporters at a rally…

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

Left: Donald Trump (Al Drago/Getty Images); Right: Hillary Clinton (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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 theories. To some “Never Trump” conservatives such as The Bulwark’s Mona Charen, this situation is a clear sign that the GOP is suffering from terminal Trumpism and cannot be saved. …

Critics of the Trumpist right must not excuse left-wing illiberalism and extremism


In recent years, those of us who have criticized leftist excesses — be it “cancel mobs” on campus or online, Antifa violence, morally troubling iconography, or assorted episodes of identity politics gone mad — have often been chided for a misplaced sense of priorities in the age of Donald Trump and the Trumpist threat to democracy.

Today, as the Trump era limps to a close, variations on this theme continue: liberal and centrist attacks on the left and on “wokeness,” we are told, not only serve as a distraction from malfeasance on the right but also play into the hands…

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

Rudy Giuliani, lawyer for Donald Trump, at RNC headquarters in Washington, D.C., Nov. 19, 2020. (Sarah Silbiger, Washington Post via Getty)

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 transition, and is still (along with most of his supporters) claiming that he has a path to victory by challenging the results.

Those of us who see this as a destructive course of action and a vindication of all the warnings about Trump’s danger to American democracy — which…

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

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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 fighter against the blight of wokeness. Most notably, James Lindsay, co-author (with Areo magazine editor Helen Pluckrose) of the book Cynical Theories, has said that he will “unhappily” vote for Trump. …

Cathy Young

Russian-Jewish-American writer. Associate editor, Arc Digital; contributor, Reason, Newsday, The Forward etc.

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