John, Paul, and Steve got together for Episode 33 of the Power Line Show. They were joined by Jason Riley, author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed. It is a terrific book, and Riley was an excellent guest. Among other things, they talked about the fact that blacks made more economic and educational progress prior to the civil rights era and the dawn of affirmative action than they did subsequently. It is truly unfortunate that this history, which can fairly be described as heroic, has been obscured for reasons of political opportunism.

John, Paul and Steve went on to discuss the two hottest issues in the news: the Supreme Court vacancy resulting from the death of Antonin Scalia, and the GOP presidential race. Will Mitch McConnell and Charles Grassley find the right strategy to prevent the Court from lurching decisively to the left? Will Donald Trump’s supporters ever wise up to the fact that he is a Republican In Name Only, and an ugly one at that? No doubt these will still be burning questions when we get to Episode 34.

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  1. Rightfromthestart Coolidge

    I thought I was the only one who devoured Drury’s whole series of books back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. I’ve often thought how prescient the later books were in depicting the rent-a-mobs that we see today and the , at the time, unheard of scene of mobs protesting in front of the Supreme Court. Drury followed the 60’s left to it’s logical conclusion of mob rule.

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  2. Grendel Member

    Re: SCotUS as super-legislature
    Has anyone else noticed even people who should know better saying things like “when the Supreme Court PASSED Roe v. Wade” or “passed ‘one man, one vote'”?

    Surely one of the reasons the general electorate (read “great unwashed”) are so ignorant, beyond cultural decline (in education, tv, etc.), is that 150 years ago the great unwashed included a lot of smart people. Since then, America has created world-historically unprecedented opportunity for them to move up, where they are infected by technocratic, bien-pensant arrogance.

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