Harris Poll’s Will Johnson: Why Polling Still Matters

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At the end of the day, it’s a pretty simple business that we’re in: We want to understand culture, we want to understand consumers’ thinking, and we’re just trying to answer why’s.”

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Stephen Hicks: Lessons from the Canadian Trucker Protest

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“Every generation, we need to learn and relearn how thin the line can be between having a basically liberal society and a basically authoritarian society.”

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Dwight Evans: The VICTIM Act and Combating Crime

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No one is exempt from being a victim of some sort of crime. And it’s very appropriate that I use that title [of victim] in terms of the VICTIM Act.”

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Pat McCrory: How to Get a Handle on the Crime Surge

“My wife and I used to go vacation in San Francisco. We don’t anymore…This is what’s headed toward the rest of the nation.”

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James Lindsay: “Counter Wokecraft” and Responses to Institutional Takeover

“You have to have a steel spine in your liberalism. ‘What kind of government did you create, sir?’ ‘We created a republic, if [you] can keep it.’ The ‘if you can keep it’ part requires a steel spine.”

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Editor’s Choice: The Best Interviews of 2021

Here are our editor’s choices for his favorite interviews of this past year.

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Editor’s Choice: The Best Articles of 2021

“As is tradition at Merion West, here are our editor’s choices for his favorite Merion West articles of this past year.”

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Sean Spicer: The Steele Dossier and “Radical Nation”

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I got the call on January 10th [2017] from CNN and then BuzzFeed about them running with this hoax. I pointed out at the time that it was wrong. I could demonstrably prove it was wrong. And yet, they stuck by it…”

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Warding off Scurvy

“Because there’s little more to friendship than warding off scurvy or having a catch.”

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Anne Kim: The AP Exam and the Standardized Testing Debate

“I think the downside of going test-optional, the downside of ignoring what assessments tell you, means that you might end up ignoring the underlying structural problems and never fixing the inequities.”

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“Is Nothing Sacred?”

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And this is exacerbated by a situatedness in a contemporary culture that has removed the sort of guardrails that would tell a would-be troublemaker that to defile something like a grave or a tribute to those lost in a mass casualty terrorist attack is unacceptable…”

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she asked me to get her a green card

Although I would have liked to have taken a photograph, my camera was full, and they’d already walked away towards a shop with a sign advertising Calzones.”

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Politics: Not an End in Itself

(Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

As such, politics has eclipsed its primary purpose—namely, to provide the means by which people can seek out and, in turn, live good lives, lives that have nothing to do with politics.”

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How Things End

“As Joshua Foa Dienstag reminds us, the essential tragedy of being human (or being anything, for that matter) stems from the passage of time.”

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Kay Hymowitz: The Devaluation of Higher Education

This brings in the status issue again, doesn’t it? Because there are so many careers that people just wouldn’t consider because how would they tell their friends?”

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