Great headline the NYT gave my new piece on misinformation & intellectual orthodoxy. Those of us who grew up in authoritarian states are used to being told that what we see isn't reality.…
America failed to cope with Trump's assault on truth, from the media and GOP officials who refused to call his lies lies to his supporters who embraced him not despite the lies, but because of them. Groupthink is empowering, a partisan loyalty pledge.
Unfortunately, the equal and opposite reaction from the other side was as predictable as the laws of physics. Reflexive contradiction, a chilling of free speech; it's not the right way to respond to the threat.
"Protecting these principles does not mean putting up with intolerance or promoting hatred, but it does require courage — courage to admit doubt, to challenge others and be challenged." I hope America rises to the challenge.…
As Zamyatin wrote, “There are ideas of clay and ideas molded of gold, or of our precious glass. To know the material of which an idea is made, one needs only to let fall upon it a drop of strong acid.” Our strongest acid is freedom of thought.

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25 May
And I'll keep saying it. You don't get what you want from dictators like Putin by giving them what they want. That only shows them you aren't strong enough to stand up to their aggression.
The US doesn't need anything from Putin. This summit is a huge gift to him, conferring credibility that no dictator earns by elections. Normalizing relations with a dictatorship only normalizes dictatorship.
Who is running the show in the Biden State Department? Blinken talking tough, Biden offering summits impromptu to "a killer", Sullivan talking normalization with Patrushev, caving on Nord Stream 2. Now the RyanAir hijacking, obv coordinated with Russia, and what?
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12 May
The January 6 insurrectionists would have killed politicians who disavowed Trump and the Big Lie. Now the GOP is destroying them by other means.…
To those talking about how the Republicans are "destroying the party" or themselves, that's not how this works. This IS the party now. They are destroying those who oppose them and the US system of democracy, which relies on the people's faith in it.
Purging the insufficiently loyal is a key part of every undemocratic movement, which is what the Republican Party has become. If you cannot win enough votes and can't change candidates or policies to attract voters, attack the system.
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29 Apr
Predictably I'm also concerned about any big government! Biden had a good tone (the key to his election) but I'm worried about the agenda. He barely beat Trump and I'm worried 2022 & 2024 will be a disaster if the Dems embrace culture fights & far-left economics.
Obviously by "barely" I mean the handful of votes in key swing states, not the misleading electoral margin or popular vote. Dems can't rely on demographic shift alone ongoing. Biden ran on unity; abandoning it now would be a mistake.
Instead of planning for the long-term, Biden's agenda sounds like he feels he has to cram everything into the next year or two before the Dems lose their majorities. But acting that way is how they will lose them! Build up strategically, don't panic.
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28 Apr
Not mentioning any names here, but one of the dangers of committing crimes to win an election is losing and not having the friends in high places to cover them up!
Autocrats and would-be autocrats use this as leverage. "We all go down together if I fall." They make it impossible to hedge your bets. It's a mafia technique. This is why it's so important to clean things up, so there's no impunity.
If such people win, they write the pardons, the laws, and the history books. An example must be made of them when they lose, so others do not follow in their criminal, treasonous footsteps.
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19 Apr
A summit with a killer? Biden has been good on Russia so far, but he needs to be consistent if he wants to change Putin’s murderous behavior. My new op-ed in the @WSJ…
Just being better than Trump (obviously) or Obama (not hard) on Putin isn’t enough. Biden can’t sanction Russia but then give Putin the status and legitimacy he craves if he wants to defend American interests.
John Kerry is a genius at getting nothing for something. Now he has a “climate envoy” position to make deals with dictatorships that could undermine the White House and State Dept line. To quote Kerry, I’m deeply concerned.…
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22 Mar
The unjust imprisonment of Alexei Navalny must not be forgotten, but expanded to the unjust condition of all Russians in Putin's dictatorship. The free world must support a movement, not only a man. My op-ed with @AVindman in the Washington Post:…
Navalny always urges his supporters to keep fighting despite his repeated jailings and even Putin's murder attempts. The US should heed his advice by targeting Putin's gang and authoritarianism & corruption broadly.
As Navalny says, fighting Putin is pro-Russian, and the same is true about supporting democracy there. And it's not just idealism or pushing back against Putin's aggression. A world with more democracy makes Americans safer and more prosperous.
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