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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Posner and Steele in Today's Journal

I let my Wall Street Journal go a while back (I confess when the company-paid subscription ran out), but I just resubscribed, and it was sitting politely on the front stoop when I left the house this morning.  WSJ readers all have their favorite sections; the places I always look are the front page middle column and the right side of the first op-ed page.  (The "official" editorials are too Neanderthal even for me, but you almost always get a well-written if usually a smidgen right of center provocative viewpoint on the rest of the page.)

Sure enough, the op-ed page did not disappoint this morning.  At the top, we have Richard Posner on the institutional and constitutional  infirmities (not the decision itself) by which the Hon. Anna Diggs-Taylor in the Eastern District of Michigan struck down the NSA surveillance program.  And at the bottom, we have one of my favorite op-ed writers, Shelby Steele, on anti-Semitism and white guilt as applied to reactions to Islamic extremism.

H/t for pass-thru link: HJB.

Posted by Jeff Lipshaw on August 22, 2006 at 09:04 AM in Current Affairs, Lipshaw | Permalink

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Just wondering, but do you really consider Posner and Steele just a "smidgen right of center"? If so, that's a really sad commentary on our political spectrum, I think.

Posted by: Matt | Aug 22, 2006 10:07:21 AM

No, unfortunately, it's probably a sad commentary on me. But whatever else you think of them, they are voices of civil discourse. As are Paul Krugman or Michael Kinsley or Andrew Sullivan. And not Ann Coulter.

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Aug 22, 2006 10:14:31 AM

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