Here again is my piece on pandemic Australia…

And below, a thread with some of the email responses to it:
From an Australian expat: Image
From a frustrated Australian: Image
This writer professes to dislike libertarians, but from the rest of his email, it sounds like Australia could use a lot more libertarians! Image
A couple of short ones: ImageImage
On the difficulty of lengthy lockdowns: Image
From an American married to an Aussie: Image
Another interesting response ImageImageImage
Another critic of the piece: Image
Here's another critic of the piece, about which I'll have thoughts in the next tweet Image
In response I just want to reject the premise that *freedom from fear* is synonymous with liberty. It is a good, to be sure, but not the same good. Many people fear liberty more than authoritarianism.
Another critique followed by another response: ImageImageImage
Lots of *we disagree, fair enough* stuff here, but one point I want to make forcefully: objecting to *preventing Aussies from leaving the country* and other draconian restrictions isn't *abstract philosophizing*! The infringements on liberty are real, not theoretical!!
Another frustrated Aussie: ImageImageImageImage
Another Australian emailer: ImageImage
One of several Aussies with partners abroad who wrote me: ImageImage
Generalizations are fine but some of these dissenters seem unaware that a quarter of their country disagrees with them and share the views of some folks in this thread. Image
Two more emails from Down Under from very different perspectives: ImageImage

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The confidence with which some attribute this monocausally to "racism" despite significant evidence that other factors are at play is the latest illustration of how reflexive adherence to an Ur narrative harms our ability to address what is, in this case, a life or death problem.
Here is a USA Today poll about attitudes toward public safety in Detroit… Ask yourself if @jasonintrator's claim can be squared with its findings
One needn't pay particularly close attention to know there is an uptick in murders in many American cities, and that people are concerned by that trens because murder is scary and bad.
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I've been thinking a lot about this. I share @radleybalko's view that far more damage is being done by Tucker Carlson (e.g.) than people making horse paste jokes. I disagree that a profusion of condemnatory pieces would improve things. Here's my thinking for your consideration:
1. While I have long believed that e.g. Tucker Carlson is acting in bad faith on many things, I don't think, e.g., Joe Rogan is acting in bad faith on Ivermectin, and condemning people who are wrong in damaging ways but are acting in good faith automatically loses a lot of people
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Yesterday, @Grits4Breakfast, a criminal justice reformer I respect and frequently agree with, criticized the recent piece wherein I argue that, as a matter of substance and rhetoric, the slogan/lodestar "defund the police" should be replaced. (1/x)
My piece made clear that the national Democratic Party had abandoned the slogan--indeed, that is a cornerstone of my case that it is utterly unpopular and politically untenable. But in @Grits4Breakfast's telling, the slogan at this point is nothing but a GOP talking point.
Yet here is a new article in The Nation, which chose, among all the criminal justice debates it could have hosted, "Do We Need Police?"…
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21 Jul
A thread addressing the retort I most anticipated on my California piece -- link below, and screenshot of email below that. (1/x)…
When I hear the caricature of "cramming" more housing into areas that tourists visit, and the claim that they would be spoiled and no one would come after that, I tell people, stop thinking Tokyo (though it is great) and start thinking San Sebastian
No one walks around San Sebastian thinking, "Gar, this is overbuilt and spoiled." And yet its density permits many more people to enjoy a given plot than Carmel permits.
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While I get the impulse to figure out whether the illiberal right or left is a bigger threat-and do so myself when forced, as when I voted for Hillary Clinton instead of DJT, seeing him as the bigger threat-I try to remind people that competing illiberalisms fuel one another, &
that this is so even when the illiberalisms are *not* equivalent, morally or practically.

And I find it a useful exercise to think of how we feel when the illiberalism we find to be the bigger threat manifests, and to understand that there are folks "on the other side" who
feel similarly in the other direction.

As an extremely anti-censorship person, this has certainly helped me to understand even impulses to censor that I sympathize with least. Of course, my project is to seek clarity, not to align in solidarity with any faction, and that bothers
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IMHO, radical clarity here requires acknowledging the legal and principled differences between higher ed and K through 12 as well as the distinction between teaching versus promoting material.

Some Constitutionally protected speech, like hard core pornography, should absolutely be banned from first and second grade classrooms.

Some heinous ideas, like Nazi ideology, should be taught as part of history education, but absolutely never promoted or endorsed.
If you have public schools, which some anarchists and libertarians don't want, you have to bite the bullet and recognize that the state will be including some ideas and excluding others from curriculum. Some matters of controversy should be debated. But not all. Example:
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