This week, Eric Kohn, Sam Gregg, and Dan Hugger give quick takes on two developing stories previously discussed on this program: the French presidential election, in which the incumbent, Emmanuel Macron, has emerged victorious over Marine Le Pen; and Twitter’s reported acceptance of Elon Musk’s purchase offer. Then they turn their attention to Florida and the recently passed legislation to strip Disney of its Reedy Creek Improvement District carveout in retaliation for Disney’s objection to the Parental Rights in Education bill. How much can the political ideas of Nazi legal theorist Carl Schmitt explain what’s happening in Florida right now? Finally, after a Florida judge ruled against the transportation mask mandate, acceptance of the endemic nature of COVID-19 in the U.S. became pretty much a given. China, however, is still invested in their COVID-Zero policy by completely locking down the port city of Shanghai. What does that portend for other cities in China?

 

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French election result: Macron defeats Le Pen and vows to unite divided France | BBC

Twitter set to accept Musk’s $43 billion offer | Reuters

Disney government dissolution bill signed by DeSantis | Associated Press

End of Reedy Creek: Disney won’t pay more taxes, but you will | WFTV

The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits | Milton Friedman, The New York Times

A Man for All Seasons: “Give the Devil Benefit of Law”

What I Saw at the National Conservatism Conference | Dan Hugger, Religion & Liberty

What’s Wrong and What’s Right about Judge Mizelle’s Mask-Mandate Decision | Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Beijing COVID outbreak prompts fear of Shanghai-style lockdown | ABC News

 


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