An open letter published by Harper’s, signed by 153 prominent names, warning against illiberal behavior received swift pushback online. Sarah, Steve, Jonah, and David discuss which socio-political issues of our time are within the scope of reasonable disagreement while also addressing why illiberalism has become such a global phenomenon.

Should schools reopen fully in the fall? Why has the fight over mask-wearing devolved into a culture war issue? Does Trump understand his own constituency? Sarah and the guys weigh in on these questions while also addressing Trump’s Mt. Rushmore speech, and the future of the GOP in a post-Trump era.

Show Notes:

Harper’s Magazine’s “Letter on Justice and Open Debate,” Vox writer’s retaliatory Twitter response to the letter,  The Dispatch Podcast episode with Yascha Mounk.

-Trump’s July Fourth speech at Mount Rushmore, Trump’s Twitter tirade against NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, Forbes interview with Kanye West on a presidential run.

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  1. Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito Contributor
    Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito

    Hmm.. Donald Trump will do anything to be reelected. Donald Trump is defending the confederate flag despite the fact that doing so won’t help him get elected. These two statements are contradictory. Somehow I don’t think the resolution is that Trump is dumb and bigoted against his own voters. Consider thinking that one through again.

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  2. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    My anecdotal observations are that the anti-masking movement was primarily driven by the protests/riots where many elected leaders tolerated or encouraged ignoring the anti-pandemic rules because it was politically advantageous.  So when many of the leaders who advocated masking and social distancing don’t appear to believe what they said, many people are not going to do it.

    A lot of the movement to not open schools is driven by teachers unions.  These unions are not motivated by what is best for students, and many local electeds do what the union tells them to do, not what parents want.  In general, government employees are more risk averse than the general population.

    I do wonder about how many parents will see their children not going back to public school and so putting them in private schools.  This could be the start of the abandoning of public schools by many well off parents in suburbs with schools with good reputations.

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  3. Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito Contributor
    Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito

    That’s another thing. You’ve seen what the schools do to the kids. Will it really be such a terrible thing if they can’t go back?

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