Leftism

Warrant served on the McCloskeys

Featured image According to this report, law enforcement officials in St. Louis served a warrant on Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple that brandished guns when an angry mob trespassed on their property and allegedly threatened them with violence. St. Louis police officers reportedly executed a search warrant and seized the rifle Mark McCloskey held during his confrontation with the mob. Attorney Harmeet Dhillon had this to say about the »

Mount Rushmore in the Gun Sights

Featured image Some mainstream Democrats are backpedaling on their war against the United States, claiming that their party’s shock troops, Antifa and the like, are only going after Confederate statues. Sure, like Christopher Columbus, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Frederick Douglass, Ulysses Grant, and so on. As usual, the Democrats count on most people being too uninformed to realize that they are lying through their teeth. But some Democrats are not reticent at »

Chronicles of the Crazy Time (13)

Featured image Left craziness is coming so fast and thick on an hourly basis that it is tempting just to turn this mini-series into a real time Twitter feed. So we’re reserving compilations for the most notable insanities. • And here is a doozy from The Guardian, beyond even the olympian satirical capacities of the Babylon Bee: Glass ceilings and phallic towers. Mean streets and dark alleys. Road names and statues of »

The left’s agenda on race

Featured image Roger Clegg offers seven thoughts for 7/7. One of them is this: Some statues will come down, and some will stay, and the impact on black lives will be precisely zero. The Left has gotten people’s attention about (fictive) “systemic racism,” and its agenda turns out to be defunding the police and tearing down statues — what more do we need to know about how silly it is? I agree »

Video Games Join the Propaganda Machine

Featured image I know virtually nothing about video games, but I got this chilling email today from a Power Line reader. First the email, then a brief comment. Long time Power Line reader. I thought I would bring something to your attention that wouldn’t otherwise be on your radar. One of the world’s most popular videogames is “Fortnite”. Played by tens of millions of (mostly) kids on a daily basis, the game »

Deja Vu All Over Again?

Featured image In my podcast with Fred Siegel a few weeks back about the rioting and deterioration of New York and other American cities, Fred remarked that the real cause of our current trouble is that “the sixties never ended.” And a lot of people have been saying that 2020 reminds them of 1968—the year when everything went wrong and the country seemed to be on the brink of coming apart. It may »

Goodbye to Another Socialist Paradise

Featured image Seattle’s CHOP is finally being dismantled. After a series of shootings and sexual assaults, and many complaints and lawsuits by victimized citizens, the authorities have had enough. The Seattle Police Department compiled this video that shows some of the violence that characterized CHOP throughout its brief life: It sounds like the process of liberating the captive CHOP zone is going reasonably well, although the police department notes some issues: As »

How Far Gone Is Big Business? Part I

Featured image This is a tough one for Marxists to understand, but the political reality has been apparent for quite a while: small business remains generally conservative, but big business is mostly on the Left. How can that be? The answer is partly economic. Conservatism favors open competition and innovation. Big business is, for the most part, on the other side of those concepts. The easiest path for the largest companies is »

The Hollowness of Virtue Signaling

Featured image There’s an interesting line in Tim Alberta’s Politico story linked in our “Picks” section today about the attitudes of black voters: “Biden choosing a woman of color might actually irritate, not appease, Black voters.” I’ve been wondering if this kind of sentiment might be much deeper and more widespread than this comment indicates. Talk is cheap. Action is another matter. It is not news that virtually every institution of higher »

The Seattle Slough

Featured image Seattle’s municipal authorities have blessed the takeover by left-wing radicals of a section of the city in which thousands of citizens live. Police are more or less banned from the CHOP–or, better, Pelosiville–and armed men subservient to a warlord maintain a primitive, essentially fascist, order. We all know how this is going to end. I am not certain how many murders have been committed in Pelosiville. These tweets by the »

Nihilism In an Emblematic City

Featured image A friend who grew up in Boston writes about the significance of the recent attacks on statues and historic monuments there. Boston, known as the “Athens of America” and the “Cradle of Liberty,” has, as was said of the Balkans, disparagingly, “produced more history than it can consume locally”. The City of Boston alone, compact and relatively small in the metropolitan area, has probably more historical monuments and statues than »

What Black Lives Matter is really about. . .still

Featured image In 2016, Anne Sorock conducted a study of Black Lives Matter. Her report, called “The Privileged and the Oppressed,” was based on lengthy interviews with BLM activists and organizers. Sorock concluded that BLM is a vehicle through which its leaders seek to impose a radical agenda that goes well beyond issues of policing and even race. The validity of Sorock’s conclusion was supported by the demands of BLM. I documented »

American communes, from Blithedale to CHAZ

Featured image The Capital Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) is a six-block residential area in Seattle taken over by radical protesters and anarchists. It’s being referred to as “a kind of commune.” CHAZ isn’t a traditional American commune. Traditionally, our communes consist of small groups of people with an affinity for one another (at first, anyway) who establish a sustainable community (in theory, anyway), typically in a rural area. CHAZ consists of whomever, »

A cold civil war or a hot one?

Featured image In recent years, the term “cold civil war” has gained currency as an updated way of describing what used to be called “the culture wars.” I’ve never embraced the view that we’re in a cold civil war, but I’m not sure we aren’t. However, when I see that most Democrats favor defunding the police, and when I see the “cancel culture’s” growing success in censoring conservative voices, I begin to »

The Power Line Show, Ep 192: “The Coming of Neo-Feudalism,” with Joel Kotkin

Featured image Joel Kotkin is one of America’s premier analysts of city life, urban economics, demographic change, and social trends. His brand new book, The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class, turns upside down the conventional liberal narrative about why the middle and working classes are under pressure. It’s not capitalism and markets, but their perversions, especially in the hands of the tech oligarchs of Silicon Valley and »

The Rioters Are Bigots, Too

Featured image Hans Bader writes: Widespread anti-semitic vandalism accompanied the recent protests that followed the tragic killing of George Floyd. The Times of Israel reports that “synagogues, schools and Jewish memorials” in Los Angeles were “vandalized with anti-Semitic, anti-Israel slogans” and “Jewish-owned businesses” were looted. The Jerusalem Post reports that “Protesters also vandalized and damaged Congregation Beth Ahabah, a more than 200-year-old Reform congregation in Richmond, Virginia.” Has this been widely reported »

Life Imitating Art: Inside the Seattle Commune

Featured image The autonomous commune in downtown Seattle known as CHAZ somehow reminds me of some old film clip. I’m trying to put my finger on it.  Maybe this: (Though I know some people say CHAZ is better understood as the Fyre Festival of leftist street theater.) »