On Rational Actors, Kevin and Sonny discuss the phenomenon of “the politicized life,” in which cultural preferences come to reflect political leanings. Sonny argues that the tactic of politicized boycotts has shifted from right to left over time. Kevin asks whether some positions, like 9/11 trutherism, are deserving of ostracism. Why are undergraduates rebelling against controversial commencement speakers? Is the rise of trigger warnings on campus an authoritarian omen? And where is this culture of heightened political correctness headed?
Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus also discuss Bob Menendez’s corruption indictment, the issue that could sink Trump’s campaign, the mystery of America’s open border, the state of Ukraine’s international support, and more.
Is it possible to implement a fairer version of affirmative action without jettisoning race from the process entirely? Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, and literary scholar Tyler Austin Harper debate the question.
What does Rep. Boebert’s groping, the end of the Senate dress code, Kristi Noem’s alleged affair, and VA state legislative candidate Susanna Gibson’s online sex side hustle have in common? Maybe nothing? Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss on this week’s DMZ.