Vox has written an insightful explainer on why buying a certain brand of shoe doesn’t necessarily make you a good person. The piece also, perhaps unintentionally, explains a lot about the young liberal hipsters who read Vox.
Well, it took me a while, but I finally tracked down AP United States History: Course and Exam Description Including the Curriculum Framework Effective Fall 2014, the new standards according to which high-school students hoping to receive “advanced placement” credit when they attend university will be tested. I’ve read thousands of words about the new standards these last few weeks—denunciations, defenses, counter-denunciations, etc., etc., ad taedium—but almost nothing that quoted the standards themselves. (One exception is the wonderful open letter to the College Board, the non-profit corporation that issues the standards, signed by Robert P. George, Harvey Mansfield, Patrick Deneen, Robert Merry, and Wilfred McClay among others: the signatories criticize the new standards for their emphasis on “abstractions” at the expense of “acquisition of extensive factual knowledge” and for “scrub[bing] away all traces of what used to be the chief glory of historical writing—vivid and compelling narrative—and reduc[ing] history to an bloodless interplay of abstract and impersonal forces.”)
Hillary Clinton has a problem. She is seeking the presidential nomination of a party that, at least superficially, doesn’t think very highly of Wall Street. Her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, for example, is a principled liberal who voted against the controversial TARP bailout in 2008 (which Hillary supported), and supports legislation to break up big banks. Hillary, however, believes Wall Street is actually pretty good, especially when it comes to funding her political campaigns, paying her lots of money to give speeches, and donating to the Clinton Foundation.
When news broke Friday morning that Hulk Hogan had been airbrushed out of the history of WWE via a series of deletions on the wrestling company’s website, it was clear that some bad news was about to hit the Hulkster. And there were, frankly, a very limited number of things he could’ve done to elicit such a strong reaction: he either murdered someone in cold blood on camera or he violated a cultural norm so resonant that it necessitated disappearing him altogether.
Well, the murder didn’t seem terribly likely, given that we probably would’ve gotten wind of the story after he’d been arrested. What cultural norm could’ve been violated? Considering that, over the years, he’d already been caught up in a sex tape scandal and a steroid scandal and a decades-long No One Likes Hulk Hogan In The Locker Room scandal, it had to be something especially bad. And, frankly, the only sort of scandals that call for someone being disavowed entirely are those that involve slurs. So I guessed/joked:
Elizabeth Warren is trolling Hillary Clinton again. The liberal darling tweeted a not-so-subtle jibe aimed at the Democratic frontrunner on Thursday, touting the support of Hillary’s opponents for a lobbying reform bill authored by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.).
Does Hillary Clinton have a racism problem? Some people think so. At the very least, Ryan Cooper writes in The Week, it’s strange that Hillary is getting so much praise from groups like the #BlackLivesMatter movement for simply telling them what they want to hear right now, especially in light of the problematic racist undertones of her 2008 primary campaign against Barack Obama:
Many of the demands posed by activists focus on rhetorical gestures of support and solidarity (a notable feature of the Netroots confrontation last weekend). But this raises this issue of trust: A very charming, cynical person could simply promise support using the right words, win the election, then forget all about it.
Does the Hillary Clinton of 2008 sound like someone who’s genuinely committed to the cause of racial justice? If she has changed her views, now would be a good time to explain.
While Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are both vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, they are very different candidates, a recent Free Beacon analysis found. A subsequent analysis has determined that Bernie and Hillary had significantly different opinions regarding the controversial welfare reform legislation signed into law by Bill Clinton in the mid-1990s.