FROM THE RIGHT
“Can Democrats Explain Why The Border Wall Is ‘Immoral?’ “by David Harsanyi in the Federalist at http://bit.ly/2Fts0sq.
The context, from the author: The blanket opposition to any “wall” has a number of logical and political inconsistencies.
The excerpt: We might not need a wall, but if a wall is inherently “immoral,” why isn’t a border or sovereignty also immoral? I’ve not heard a good explanation.
“Why Conservatives Should Oppose the Death Penalty,” by Arthur Rizer and Marc Hyden in the American Conservative at http://bit.ly/2M2Z9wf. The context, from the authors: The state is not God, and capital punishment is not infallible. The excerpt: A core belief among conservatives is that the government is too often inefficient and prone to mistakes. Why should the death penalty’s administration by government bureaucrats be any different? We know individuals are wrongfully convicted — and to be sure, some wrongful convictions are unavoidable. However, when dealing with capital punishment, that inevitability could have irreversible consequences and can never be tolerated in a free and law-abiding society. This is why government should not be in the business of killing its citizens. This view hews to a core conservative tenet, that the government should be inferior to
the people from which it derives its power.
“Farewell, Masculinity: We’ll Miss You When You’re Gone,” by Heather Wilhelm in the National Review at http://bit.ly/2QFFAea.
The context, from the author: According to the American Psychological Association’s new “Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men,” “traditional masculinity,” the “harmful” ideology of masculinity — marked by “stoicism, competitiveness, dominance, and aggression” together with “anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure, risk, and violence” — has got to go.
The excerpt: But what about bravery? What about risk? What about, well, testosterone? What about the wild idea that there might be a natural, non-socially-constructed difference between women and men? The APA’s summary report admits that some emblems of “traditional masculinity” might be worth keeping: “courage,” for instance, and “leadership.” Moreover, an APA-affiliated team is now working on a “positive-masculinities scale to capture people’s adherence to the pro-social traits expected from men.” Oh boy. I can’t wait. Just kidding! I can definitely wait.