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Do's and Don'ts of Democracy Protection

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A weekly roundtable hosted by Mona Charen along with syndicated columnist Linda Chavez, Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution, and Damon Linker of The Week. Respectful, rational, civil.

CATO's Walter Olson brings his libertarian insight to a discussion of voting rights and wrongs and Biden's  first year.

Highlights/Lowlights:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/20/opinion/illiberalism-left-right.html

Slow Boring
The false "trap" of bipartisanship
Republican members of Congress seem to be increasingly interested in reaching a deal on reform of the Electoral Count Act. This is good news on several fronts. A bill with Republican Party support can pass the United States Senate, whereas a purely partisan bill will die via filibuster. It’s also good news because ECA reform is good on the merits — it won’t fix American political institutions or “save democracy,” but it will reduce the odds of a collapse, and reducing those odds is important. Passing and signing bipartisan bills also tend to be at least a little bit popular and make the president who’s doing it look good…
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Persuasion
The Reactionary Trap
I found James Lindsay’s Twitter account in March, just after finishing a book he co-authored about “how activist scholarship made everything about race, gender, and identity.” Like me, Lindsay considered himself a left-leaning liberal critical of the progressive turn towards identity politics. But the man I found on Twitter was not the level-headed fell…
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https://web.archive.org/web/20130124224036/http://www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight/2012/06/tt_thou_shalt.html

I Might Be Wrong
Let's Honor MLK's Birthday By Being Impotent and Embarrassing
What do people find annoying about Democrats? There’s not enough time to run through all the stuff — and I don’t mean “not enough time right now”, I mean “not enough time in the universe” — so let me list what I think are the top three things: We’re overly-influenced by an activist class that practices a weird, fundamentalist religion that’s obsessed wit…
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https://newcriterion.com/issues/2022/1/the-fallacies-of-the-common-good

https://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/2021-12/cpr-v43n6-1.pdf

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