Michael Barone from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:53:16 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Michael Barone from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/michael-barone-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone a152a0470f7f26358c44cca395db7edc Generations Defining -- and Redefining -- American History for 07/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/07/20/generations-defining-and-redefining-american-history Fri, 03 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Americans naturally tend to think of their presidents in terms of generations, like they do with their families. This may have started with the news that former Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, half a century to the day the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence they jointly drafted. </p> <p>The Founding Generation (birth years 1732-1767) held the presidency for nearly half a century, from 1789 to 1837. Five were adults during the American Revolution. Two had childhood memories of it: John Quincy Adams of watching the gunfire smoke from Bunker Hill at age 7, Andrew Jackson of being slashed by a British officer's sword at age 14. <p>Updated: Fri Jul 03, 2020</p> 3a096705fb96e1ef7a74919c3fde81a8 Violent Crime Is a Confiscatory Wealth Tax for 06/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/06/20/violent-crime-is-a-confiscatory-wealth-tax Sat, 27 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"What gives urgency to debates about race in America today &#8212; and what drives the reparations movement, are two basic facts," Walter Russell Mead writes in the Wall Street Journal. </p> <p>The first, he says, is that "The median white household has a net worth of $171,000, roughly 10 times the median net worth of black households." The second is that the gap "is essentially unchanged from the levels of 1962." The persistence of this gap advances the case, advocates say, for racial reparations.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 27, 2020</p> 1ff13c640d52cf7290f11cbb66b312e1 The Frivolous Democrats for 06/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/06/20/the-frivolous-democrats Fri, 26 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>White college graduates have emerged from the last two decades of elections as an increasingly large and cohesive political bloc &#8212; and one that poses problems for both political parties. </p> <p>Back in the pre-COVID-19 era, their numbers augmented by recent products of woke campuses, they seemed the dominant force in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 26, 2020</p> 5e6bb325da6fda74c204ff5ca4c60c29 Success Breeds Failure for 06/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/06/20/success-breeds-failure Fri, 19 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Success breeds failure. That's a lesson taught by America's current woes, the stumbling attempts to cope with the novel coronavirus, and the all-too-familiar scripts for responding to police misconduct and violent riots.</p> <p>What worked once upon a time no longer proves functional; policies that once enjoyed consensus now evoke multivarious complaints; procedures that long proved availing suddenly seem dysfunctional. <p>Updated: Fri Jun 19, 2020</p> eb08ecb3a9bfb4c12d987f2d5ebafcb4 The New Religion of Woke Anti-Racism for 06/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/06/20/the-new-religion-of-woke-anti-racism Fri, 12 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's all about religion, isn't it? "(W)e have the cult of social justice on the left," Andrew Sullivan wrote in New York Magazine, "a religion whose followers show the same zeal as any born-again Evangelical."</p> <p>Linguist John McWhorter elaborated on that theme in The Atlantic. "(A)ntiracism," he wrote, "is a profoundly religious movement in everything but terminology."<p>Updated: Fri Jun 12, 2020</p> bfe7dc36604df76582d208bab6007b0c Violent Rioting, as in the 1960s, Hurts the Most Disadvantaged for 06/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/06/20/violent-rioting-as-in-the-1960s-hurts-the-most-disadvantaged Fri, 05 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"America is burning. But that's how forests grow." So spoke Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.</p> <p>"Riots are an integral part of the country's march towards progress." So read a now-deleted tweet from the Democratic Committee of Fairfax County, Virginia, the affluent Washington suburb with a population of 1 million. <p>Updated: Fri Jun 05, 2020</p> 09bf737da452d570634a588ba61b5328 Plague in a Time of Partisanship for 05/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/05/20/plague-in-a-time-of-partisanship Fri, 29 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>America faces a contagious infection: partisanship. Consider the responses to a poll question about treating the COVID-19 virus with the long-approved and widely used drug hydroxychloroquine.</p> <p>A Morning Consult poll shows 52% of Republicans supporting the drug and 16% against. At the same time and in the same country, 56% of Democrats opposed it, and 13% were in favor. <p>Updated: Fri May 29, 2020</p> aad85aaf6782c5445989a1751339e716 COVID-19 Shows We're More Risk-Averse Than Post-World War II Americans for 05/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/05/20/covid-19-shows-were-more-risk-averse-than-post-world-war-ii-americans Fri, 22 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Do you remember the 1957-58 Asian flu? Or the 1968-69 Hong Kong flu? I do. I was a teenager during the first of these, an adult finishing law school during the second. But even though back then I followed the news much more than the average person my age, I can't dredge up more than the dimmest memory of either. </p> <p>I don't have any memory of schools closing, though apparently, a few did here and there. I have no memories of city or state lockdowns, of closed offices and factories and department stores, of people banned from parks and beaches. <p>Updated: Fri May 22, 2020</p> d3ad1139c8d5f726af7258743accdd39 Who Sent COVID-19 Positive Patients Into Nursing Homes? for 05/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/05/20/who-sent-covid-19-positive-patients-into-nursing-homes Fri, 15 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On a multicountry trip to South America, President Ronald Reagan couldn't restrain himself from the inane observation that every tourist finds himself saying about such trips. "Every country is different." So, it seems, is every virus capable of spreading into pandemic. </p> <p>The influenza pandemic of 1918-19, for example, tended to kill otherwise healthy people in the prime of life, ages 20 to 40. COVID-19 tends to kill people age 70 and above, especially those with comorbidities.<p>Updated: Fri May 15, 2020</p> 5735ff0f68745bed9e207af46b240120 Law Professors for 'Speech Control' for 05/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/05/20/law-professors-for-speech-control Fri, 08 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"In the great debate of the past two decades over freedom versus control of the network, China was largely right and the United States was largely wrong." So write Jack Goldsmith and Andrew Keane Woods, law professors at Harvard and the University of Arizona, respectively, in The Atlantic. </p> <p>And they seem to mind, as their next sentence indicates: "Significant monitoring and speech control are inevitable components of a mature and flourishing internet, and governments must play a large role in these practices to ensure that the internet is compatible with a society's norms and values."<p>Updated: Fri May 08, 2020</p> fb203b56dc86493fda3b665f281136c4 Time for Reopening for 05/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/04/20/time-for-reopening Fri, 01 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Time for reopening? Let's reframe the question. Time for what to reopen? With what precautions? In which states and counties and communities? Mandatory reopening or voluntary? </p> <p>And who really decides? Governors, mayors, the president? Business owners or consumers? Does anyone really expect what economist Arnold Kling calls "patterns of sustainable specialization and trade" to snap back into pre-COVID-19 shape?<p>Updated: Fri May 01, 2020</p> c64cbfc23008ae8d52c02b50a0d440da Don't Look for Coronavirus Consensus for 04/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/04/20/dont-look-for-coronavirus-consensus Fri, 24 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the clashing commentary about whether lockdowns and stay-at-home orders should continue, or whether businesses and stores should be reopened, one senses a yearning for consensus. Why can't everybody just agree? </p> <p>One reason is that we continue to be ignorant on many important points. How many people have been infected with the disease? Some fragmentary evidence has come in, but since many infected people are asymptomatic, no one knows the death rate per infection.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 24, 2020</p> 357ec980aefb37f12939061a9ffea386 Colleges and Universities Threatened By COVID-19 for 04/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/04/20/colleges-and-universities-threatened-by-covid-19 Fri, 17 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Some of America's most beautiful spaces &#8212; our colleges and university campuses &#8212; are closed and empty these days. Schools have canceled their spring semesters and commencements because of the COVID-19 virus; classrooms, dormitories and athletic facilities have been closed. </p> <p>Students at many institutions are told that they can continue to access instruction online. But exams and grades have been canceled in many cases, and one suspects that online viewership will be sporadic and concentration intermittent. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 17, 2020</p> 40327a4ee36075c9b6e1c4f120db92be Will Post-Coronavirus America Blaze New Trails or Just Keep Hunkering Down? for 04/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/04/20/will-post-coronavirus-america-blaze-new-trails-or-just-keep-hunkering-down Fri, 10 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On my daily walk down a side street, I saw the restaurant with a diagonal cross made of adhesive tape on its sign. Gone was the notice that it would open for takeout; it looked to be closed for good. </p> <p>Although I'm aware that most restaurants go out of business within a few years or even months, I felt a certain sadness. The owners and staff members lost their jobs and perhaps their dreams through no fault of their own and for reasons they couldn't have anticipated just a few weeks ago. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 10, 2020</p> a188ca1fbd96b10cf5e91842a09c7285 Contrast Between China and Its Neighbors Shows Communist Regime's True Character for 04/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/04/20/contrast-between-china-and-its-neighbors-shows-communist-regimes-true-character Fri, 03 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">There's no greater contrast between how countries have treated COVID-19 than that between nations on both sides of what might be called the Asian Iron Curtain. It's a contrast that tells us much about how to handle the virus &#8212; and how events now in the distant past can determine the fates of hundreds of millions of people today.</span><br></p> <p>On one side is the People's Republic of China, where COVID-19 apparently transferred from animal to human hosts. The government has deliberately lied about human-to-human transmission, persecuted to the point of death doctors who warned of its dangers and is still almost certainly lying about its continuing prevalence. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 03, 2020</p> d1654eb853b4bfad57e1d0a797c26354 Anti-Pandemic Rules the Opposite of Anti-Climate Change Rules for 03/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/03/20/anti-pandemic-rules-the-opposite-of-anti-climate-change-rules Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's unnerving, and perhaps instructive, that the arrangements elites have been prescribing for dealing with what they call our most dangerous environmental threat &#8212; climate change, formerly known as global warming &#8212; are almost precisely the opposite of the arrangements deployed to deal with the more immediate threat of COVID-19, aka the novel coronavirus. </p> <p>To reduce the carbon dioxide emissions thought to produce catastrophic climate change, Americans have been urged to cluster in large, densely populated cities. Large apartment buildings with small dwelling units, it is claimed, consume less energy and emit less carbon per capita than 2,500-square-foot houses spread out on suburban cul-de-sacs or newly constructed on exurban farm fields.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 27, 2020</p> d956636332ae90d1acd60f6f2bf1c9df Sailing in Unprecedented Waters for 03/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/03/20/sailing-in-unprecedented-waters Fri, 20 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Precedent doesn't provide much guidance. There's a deadly coronavirus threatening to circulate through the population. The resulting government orders and social sanctions of self-distancing and self-isolating behavior are unprecedented in living memory.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Operating without guiding precedents casts into doubt many longstanding practices and assumptions.</span><p>Updated: Fri Mar 20, 2020</p> b6b186d48e8891a4ce11cb093f12979e A Problematic Nominee Against a Problematic President for 03/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/03/20/a-problematic-nominee-against-a-problematic-president Fri, 13 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What just happened? The Democratic presidential nomination race, which gave signs of lasting months, is now basically over.</p> <p>Sen. Bernie Sanders won North Dakota and lost Washington after carrying a lead on Wednesday. In Michigan and Missouri, where he won 50% and 49%, respectively, against Hillary Clinton in 2016, he carried 36% and 35% against former Vice President Joe Biden in Tuesday's primaries. He was wiped out even worse in Mississippi and lost in Idaho.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 13, 2020</p> f0575c99572b2e1d2b9768fc18f1c49a Super Tuesday Finally Serves Its Intended Purpose -- After 32 Years for 03/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/03/20/super-tuesday-finally-serves-its-intended-purpose-after-32-years Fri, 06 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Super Tuesday has finally served its intended purpose for the first time since it was invented for the 1988 presidential cycle, 32 years ago.</p> <p>Those were the days when Democrats controlled practically every Southern legislature and when most Southern whites were, in homage to their Civil War heritage, registered Democrats. Moderate Democratic politicians hit on the idea of setting up a multistate early set of Southern primaries to increase the chances of moderate candidates being better in November than the nominees who lost to former President Richard Nixon and then-President Ronald Reagan.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 06, 2020</p> fa7e9cdd5a2d8ac0549d55fe7376d296 Bernie Sanders Is No George McGovern for 02/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/michael-barone/02/20/bernie-sanders-is-no-george-mcgovern Sat, 29 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>You hear it said and see it written that Bernie Sanders will be another George McGovern &#8212; that is, a left-wing nominee who lost a presidential election in a landslide. </p> <p>I'm here to tell you that's wrong. Because the times are different. And because Sen. Sanders is, or ought to be, a scarier candidate and a further departure from historic American norms than George McGovern ever was.<p>Updated: Sat Feb 29, 2020</p>