Politicized pharmaceuticals and other commentary

Iconoclast: Politicized Pharmaceuticals

“Can a drug be ‘right-wing’? ” asks Matt Taibbi at his TK News. Ivermectin, which has proven promise treating extreme COVID instances, “has suffered the same fate as” many “topics since Donald Trump” introduced his presidential run, inhabiting “separate factual universes for left and right audiences,” with information “clearly in the public interest” censored. “Should people on their deathbeds be allowed to try anything to save themselves?” That’s a “no-brainer,” however hospitals have gone “to extraordinary lengths to refuse treatment even with dying patients who’d exhausted all other options.” It’s “become a test case” for “how much input patients should have in their own treatment” and “hostage to a larger global fight between populists and anti-populists.” The former assume “officials are prone to lying and can’t be trusted,” whereas the latter affiliate “unapproved cures with political theories of stolen elections.” A polarized populace can not agree on something, “even if their lives depend on it.”

Conservative: Stop Obsession With Skin Color

At The Washington Times, Everett Piper begs Americans to “please stop talking about ‘white’ people and ‘black’ people.” Millions of Americans “just don’t care what color you are,” and the “racist nonsense” is tearing the nation aside. Even in church buildings, “the transparent enablement of us-against-them is rampant,” impressed by the sermons of pastors whose agenda it’s to “balkanize us into competing groups with irreconcilable demands.” The pulpits “preaching this nonsense are pumping spiritual carcinogens into a cultural cancer that grows more malignant with each passing day, inevitably resulting in more exclusion rather than inclusion, more segregation rather than integration.” We are and should stay “one nation under God, indivisible.”

Historian: The Cruelty of Progressivism

“The new progressivism,” Victor Davis Hanson thunders at American Greatness, “is a cruel creed” that “envisions humanity as a marbleized abstraction, not incarnate humans. . . . And the carnage it wreaks on the masses is always acceptable damage.” So de facto open borders telegraph the left’s “morally superior commitment,” regardless of “the ensuing collateral damage,” similar to “cartel predation on the vulnerable, the overtaxing of social-welfare services at the expense of American poor, greater rates of crime and gang violence,” and so on. Similarly, “if it is a choice between reducing the some 700 shooting deaths of blacks in Chicago by increasing the police presence to protect inner-city residents, and thereby losing the progressive narrative of an epidemic of out-of-control racist rogue cops, then inner-city violence is a tolerable price.”

Urban beat: Backlash by the Bay

“Citizens’ cries” for officers to scrub up Dodge Place — a residential San Francisco avenue that has develop into a drug-ravaged dystopia — “have gone virtually unanswered,” laments Erica Sandberg at City Journal. The space is now “a particularly intense concentration” of distress. Yet there’s “only so much law enforcement can do”; DA Chesa Boudin “resists prosecuting” sellers arrested by cops. Other officers “justify their inaction by citing rhetoric that the war on drugs does little more than incarcerate marginalized people.” But a “backlash” from voters is “strengthening”: Boudin faces a recall election. A current ballot discovered 76 % of residents need extra cops in high-crime areas. “Officials who want to keep their seats or run for higher office will face the wrath of voters who are no longer complacent.”

Culture critic: Victoria’s Secret’s Feminist Ruse

Victoria’s Secret is rebranding itself — however, warns Kristina Murkett at Spectator USA, “don’t be fooled: This has little to do with female empowerment.” The lingerie agency lately introduced it might exchange its horny catwalkers with “accomplished women who share a common passion to drive positive change,” as an announcement put it, together with “US soccer player Megan Rapinoe, Chinese-American freestyle skier Eileen Gu, plus-size model Paloma Elsesser,” in addition to a trans lady. Get actual, Murkett says: “This is a marketing tactic by a flagging brand to regain some semblance of cultural relevance (and revenue). . . . Its products are overpriced and its sizes are limited, misleading and inconsistent.” Hence, this sad-sack advertising Hail Mary.

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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