How America became like the EU and other commentary

Iconoclast: The EU-ization of America

America’s globalist elite views the European Union as the good governance mannequin. That is, undemocratic and technocratic — and “now that ‘progressives’ have returned to the White House, aping the EU has become a national policy,” laments Joel Kotkin at UnHerd. Following the EU-besotted left, “President Joe Biden has already sought to federalize many functions — from zoning to labor laws to education — that historically have been under local control.” Yet beware: The EU has a “remarkable record of turning Europe into the developed world’s economic and technological laggard. Overall, nearly a third of Europeans consider Brussels an utter failure.” More than that, “copying Brussels … risks sacrificing the fundamental principles of our country: that wherever it is feasible, control of daily life should be left to local communities, and even individuals.”

Prehistorian: Did Climate Change Spark Farming?

“What if the need for fabric, not food, in the face of a changing climate is what first tipped humanity towards agriculture?” asks Ian Gilligan at Aeon. Yes, it’s “a radical departure from conventional thinking.” But “natural global warming” after the final ice age “prompted people” to “change their clothes from animal hides to textiles” and spawned agriculture. “Fitted garments offer superior protection from wind chill” and allowed our ancestors to “penetrate into the frigid Arctic Circle, further north than cold-adapted Neanderthals had managed to venture,” from Siberia to Alaska, the place archaeologists “unearthed the fragile technology that made the journey possible: a 13,000-year-old eyed needle.” 

Media watch: The Times’ COVID-Paranoia Push

The New York Times is pushing “absurdly cautious” conduct for the vaccinated “in light of the evidence showing how remarkably effective the vaccines are,” fumes Jacob Sullum at Reason. “Some epidemiologists continue to recommend following the golden rules of coronavirus safety,” the paper stories — recommendation that Sullum notes “is based on something other than rational, context-dependent concerns about virus transmission.” Masks and distancing “have been transformed into rituals that signify membership in a COVID-19 cult of caution.” Science clearly confirms “that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective,” but the Gray Lady presents that miracle “by saying vaccinated people face ‘less risk’ than unvaccinated people. To call that an understatement would be an understatement.” 

Florida governor Ron DeSantis meets with fans during Day One of The Walker Cup at Seminole Golf Club on May 08, 2021
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis meets with followers throughout Day One of The Walker Cup at Seminole Golf Club on May 8, 2021.
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From the proper: Follow DeSantis

After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided that totally vaccinated individuals don’t want masks and distancing, liberals’ outrage proved that they “don’t seem to care so much about exterminating COVID-19 as they do about keeping a vise grip on what people can and can’t do,” scoffs the Washington Examiner’s Eddie Scarry. Progressives are lastly beginning to see the GOP’s level {that a} group of scientists shouldn’t be “tasked with steering a country through a pandemic” as a result of “that’s what elected leaders are for.” But “these people have never really been interested in ‘following the science’ anyway.” It’s turn into a “cliché” that we would do higher to switch with “follow DeSantis,” after the Florida governor, who rightly “made the determination early on that the pandemic was too big to micromanage.” Now, “liberals can feel their control over our lives slipping away” with every passing day, and they might not like it, “but that’s where ‘the science’ is taking us.”

Feminist: Welcome the Sexual Counterrevolution

A rising cohort of younger elites views intercourse liberationism “as toxic not just to individual well-being, but even to the long-term health of American society,” cheers Mary Harrington at Spectator USA. These younger Americans are removed from fundamentalists or dour feminists, but the feminine ones categorical a choice for child-rearing over career-chasing, whereas the males are eager to quiet down for the long run. Their motion is available in response to the Nineteen Sixties sexual revolution, which promised to “unmoor” sexual want from copy and household, however in follow, resulted in alienation, industrial exploitation and the degradation, particularly, of ladies. “Welcome to the sexual counterrevolution.” — Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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