In the aftermath of the Capitol’s siege by a Trump-supporting mob, some on the right have chosen to focus on hypocrisy on the left. Democrats and others who supported the Black Lives Matter protests, so the argument goes, have no right to be horrified because they normalized theft and violent crime throughout the summer. Senator Marco Rubio suggested as much when he asked “left hypocrites” why they justified insurrectionist behavior months ago.

Republicans have bigger problems to solve than the hypocrisy of BLM supporters, but that doesn’t make the red herring any less false.

First, most BLM activity was not…

What “The Last of Us: Part II” can teach a divided nation


The following contains spoilers for The Last of Us and The Last of Us: Part II.

Republicans want to punish political censorship, but messing with Section 230 will only make things worse

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) | Photo: Bill Clark (Getty)

Top Republicans think popular tech companies are censoring conservatives online, and they claim to know how to make it stop. The Trump administration is circulating drafts of an executive order that would restrict Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, enabling government intervention into websites’ practices.

The White House is following conservative ideologues toward internet regulation. Toward the end of the Big Tech hearings on July 16, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) suggested Congress reevaluate Section 230. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) …

A new company revealed at the World Economic Forum looks like a promising way to expand low-waste consumption. Loop, launched by international recycling company Terra Cycle, intends to make reusable packaging convenient by delivering it to customers’ doors. While you might expect zero-waste activists to celebrate such a high-profile launch of a low-waste company as a victory for their mission, the movement has become intensely divided over Loop.

Loop customers can order food, health and beauty products, and cleaning supplies to be shipped to their homes in reusable stainless steel containers. When customers run out of a product, Loop can…

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” — Nelson Mandela

Child protection agencies confirm about 2.5 million cases of child abuse or neglect each year. Social workers intervene to help parents develop better habits and parenting skills in the hope of creating a safe, nurturing environment for their children. Although most child service workers and researchers agree that remaining with their biological parents during this time is usually best for a child’s development, some environments are too damaging, and the children need to be removed. Less than a…

A big, ambiguous regulation that will likely have unintended consequences

The internet is where old things become new. Spend just a few minutes on popular social publishing sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, or Instagram, and you will find countless examples of everyday people having fun with transformative content. Internet culture made a Rick Astley hit a running joke everyone up to the president was in on. Thousands of people used a single frame from a children’s TV show to comically express frustration. Adoration of video games inspires fans to share their own editions.

Despite the joy countless internet users receive from transformative content, the European Union’s proposed Directive on…

John Kristof

An education and fiscal policy researcher who has published political and economic commentary in a variety of outlets. See also johnkristof.com and @jmkristof.

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