Leftist: Corona’s Boon to the Smug Club
“In the Trump years, the sector of society we used to describe as liberal America became a giant finger-wagging machine,” laments Matt Taibbi in his latest newsletter. “The news media, academia, the Democratic Party, show-business celebrities and masses of blue-checked Twitter virtuosos became a kind of umbrella agreement society, united by loathing of Trump and fury toward anyone who dissented with their preoccupations.” The coronavirus crisis gave this “scolding utopia” an opportunity to move beyond “abstraction”: “Failure to take elite advice was no longer just a deplorable faux pas. Not heeding experts was now murder.” Think pieces range from cheering China’s control of the Internet over the “unwashed” to accusing governors who want to reopen their states of “human sacrifice.” Dangerously, “we’ve lost the ability to decouple scientific or policy discussions, or simple issues of fact, from a political argument.” Discussion of “the COVID-19 crisis has become the latest in a line of moral manias with Donald Trump in the middle.”
Culture critic: NYC Arts After Corona
At City Journal, Lawrence Perelman wonders: “As commerce resumes in the months ahead, how will dancers, actors and athletes perform in intimate concert halls and theater quarters and arenas?” After all, “the show must go on,” and as audiences tend to “make up the majority of people at any performance,” that means arenas and performing-arts institutions are going to have to figure out how to respond. “The now-standard ‘no-cellphones’ announcement, for example, could be accompanied by a new warning: ‘If you’re not feeling well, you shouldn’t be here.’ Carnegie Hall could replace its Ricola lozenge dispensers with masks and Purell.” But one thing is certain: “The performance arts can’t afford months of inactivity.”
Urban beat: The End of New York?
New York City, “the predominant urban center in North America,” faces “a looming existential crisis” thanks to the coronavirus, Joel Kotkin warns at Tablet. While all cities “pay a price for being both dense and cosmopolitan” during pandemics, the virus will hit New York’s economy and “social fabric” especially hard — because they were “already unraveling before the outbreak began.” In large part, that’s because of mayors like Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio, whose policies “starkly divided” the city, hurting the middle class and accelerating homelessness. If the Big Apple “does not change direction” and focus on the middle class rather than the ruling “city employee unions, professional ideologues” and the “mega-rich,” Kotkin worries, it will dig itself into “a very deep hole” indeed.
Conservative: Of Accusers and Their Parents
Democrats and their media allies are doing all they can to sidestep, ignore, bury or outright debunk Tara Reade’s sexual-assault allegations against Joe Biden — “a far cry,” sighs The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway, “from their shared attempt to destroy the life and reputation of Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.” They insist the cases are different, and in one crucial sense, they are: Reade’s late mother “was upset enough about whatever happened with Biden to call into a national television show to discuss it” in 1993. Meanwhile, “Christine Blasey Ford’s family was conspicuously quiet during the Kavanaugh ordeal.” Indeed, her extended family had significant doubts about her allegations, and her father went so far as to privately express his support for Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Iconoclast: Enough Talk of ‘Her’ Truth
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand recently invited Joe Biden accuser Tara Reade into a “space for all women to come forward to speak their truth” — prompting The Week’s Matthew Walther to ask: “What does it mean to suggest that Reade and other women who claim to have been sexually assaulted have a truth all their own, one to which something other than a definite article is prefixed?” Whatever Gillibrand’s intentions, such postmodern rhetoric doesn’t help alleged victims — rather, it places their claims “outside the boundaries of truth.”
— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board
Source: New York Post