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The Atlantic magazine published Richard Hofstadter’s classic piece “The Paranoid Style in American Politics” in 1964, written by Columbia University professor Richard Hofstadter. Hofstadter would have included this LifeSiteNews article on Ukraine’s president among the “leading incidents in our history in which style arose in its full and archetypal glory” if he were still alive today. In it, Jack Bingham draws parallels between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and “global elites” such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau since both have attended the World Economic Forum and Zelenskyy even tweeted that Trudeau motivated him to enter politics. The horrors that await you.
According to Dennis Sadowski of Catholic News Service, who writes for Detroit Catholic, Jubilee USA has called for a restructuring of Ukraine’s government debt. Despite efforts to raise funds for weapons purchases and humanitarian relief, Jubilee USA Executive Director Eric LeCompte warns that Ukraine may default on its debts this year as it scrambles to find money to relieve the suffering caused by the conflict. As Christians, we may show our sympathy by helping the heroic people of Ukraine in the areas in which we are most qualified to assist them. Everyone can contribute in some way, and some people can contribute significantly.
In an interview with Rob Schmitt, the host of the far-right network Newsmax, John Bolton, who served as former President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, attempted to argue, as many Republicans do, that former President Donald Trump was tough on Russia and that his toughness prevented Russian President Vladimir Putin from invading earlier. Mr. Bolton corrected him by saying, “The truth is that he [Trump] had no idea where Ukraine was at the time.” This demonstrates two important points.
Two things stand out: first, Republican attempts to blame the invasion on Biden’s alleged weakness on the international stage are exposed as nonsense; second, a strong desire to be close to power continues to be the most dominant characteristic of Washingtonians: why is Bolton only now informing the rest of us about Trump’s ignorance and misguided values? According to the Washington Post, the tale is accurate.
In an article published in The New York Times, Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Wesleyan University professor Andrew Curran argue that our culture needs a new vocabulary for addressing race. They discuss an 18th-century instance in which science was used to define race in biological terms; however, the race is a social construct in the piece, which serves as a teaser of a future book investigating the occurrence.
Along with providing an insightful and optimistic perspective on a new vocabulary for discussing race, the article serves as a good reminder that science may be misused when employed in non-scientific arguments to support a point of view. People nod their heads in agreement when they say, for example, that public health measures are needed to address COVID-19, and they say, “Follow the research,” which is quite reasonable. But it’s important to recall that eugenics was — and continues to be — marketed as a scientific theory.
Elena Schnieder and Christopher Cadelago of Politico say that the Democratic Party is recognizing that it must devote more money and effort to maintaining important governorships in battleground states such as Michigan and Wisconsin. Anything that diverts the Republican Party’s focus away from Washington and towards the states is a positive development in and of itself. Furthermore, those governorships may be crucial in terms of the capacity to secure a fair election in the following year.
Also at Politico, Nick Niedzwiadek and Eleanor Mueller write on Marty Walsh, the United States Secretary of Labor and former mayor of Boston. Walsh, a longtime leader of the construction trades in Boston, maybe the best labor secretary since Frances Perkins in terms of experience and accomplishments. He, like her, is serving during a period of labor unrest and economic disruption, and his ability to resolve contract disputes at ports on the West Coast, as well as the less consequential but equally high-profile Major League Baseball contract dispute, could catapult him into the public eye across the country. That Walsh, like Perkins, has been heavily affected by Catholic social doctrine is fascinating.