Matt Philbin
Managing Editor
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If I were to create my own utopian world, I’d get to laugh at people who use phrases like “ … the inane vagaries of late-republic American life.” Oh wait, I’ve been chuckling over a piece from Nation writer and MSNBC talking head Elie Mystal, so I must be living the dream. Mystal’s article is titled, “In My Own Private Utopia, There Is No Rain—or Republicans.” Turns out, he likes video games…
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The U.S. Women’s National soccer team lost 3-0 to Sweden in their Olympic opener on Tuesday. That probably hurts the team’s chances for the gold. But let’s not forget that this was a victory of sorts too. The U.S. ladies proved they could maintain a busy schedule of politicized grousing, kvetching and posturing, and still find time to lose a soccer game. You really can have it all, gals! Just in…
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Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser allowed “Black Lives Matter” to be painted permanently on a city street. That makes her (charitably) an idiot. She also has had her Department of Public Works erase a similar sign reading “Cuba Libre” from the street outside the Cuban Embassy. That makes her a useful idiot. According to The Washington Post, someone painted “Cuba Libre” outside the embassy on…
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell seems to believe his place these days is out in the street on his knees, surrounded by a howling Black Lives Matter mob, while confessing his privilege and begging forgiveness for being white.  Which is fine. Humiliation is a turn-on for some people. The problem is that Goodell insists the NFL join him on the pavement. According to a report from Michael McCarthy at…
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My grandmother always said, "If you can't take the twerking, stay away from the drag show." Or maybe it was about heat and kitchens? Anyway, it's the same point Brock Thompson's July 1 piece in The Washington Blade ("America's LGBTQ News Source," which is a far better slogan than "Democracy Dies in Darkness" since, for all it know, it's true.) And while anything titled "A Queer Space Disrupted"…
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Readers of a certain age might remember 2008 Green Party nominee and former Democrat Georgia Representative Cynthia McKinney. She’s an anti-Semitic conspiracy nut and 9-11 truther who embarrassed the Democrats (if such a thing were possible) in Congress on and off from 1992 - 2006. But everything old is new again, and McKinney has resurfaced, no doubt encouraged by the left’s fashionable Jew…
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Gwendolyn Berry hates America. Unfortunately, she doesn’t hate it enough to try hammer throwing for some other nation.  On June 26 she came in third in the hammer throw at the U.S. track and field Olympic trials. That means she’s going to represent her nation at the Tokyo Olympics. Lucky us.  But Berry couldn’t manage the podium ceremony without petulance. According to USA Today, “As the…
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  On Thursday, President Biden announced an agreement that will create a bipartisan compromise senate bill that would allocate $579 billion in new spending on infrastructure. Should it pass, it would mean the federal government will spend $1.2 trillion over eight years. The importance of this compromise can’t be overstated. As a member of the infrastructure-positive community -- one who for…
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It’s almost possible to feel sorry for Lin-Manuel Miranda. He’s served the Revolution well. But like so many leftists before him, he may end up airbrushed from the proverbial official Kremlin photos. His sin: casting the wrong kind of Hispanics in his movie “In the Heights.” Miranda is a talented popularizer of identity politics. With “Hamilton,” he took the life of one of our Founding geniuses…
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Here's the feel-good story of the week: A New Zealand environmental group has collapsed under the weight of its own wokeness.  According to The Guardian, School Strike 4 Climate's Auckland chapter announced its formal dissolution in a Facebook post that sounded an awful lot like the transcript of a Maoist "struggle session." It had “avoided, ignored and tokenised BIPOC [Black, Indigenous and…