Author Archive: John Tierney

STEVEN MALANGA: The New Road Rage. Bad government policies are contributing to soaring auto insurance costs, which now worry Americans more than the costs of health care or mortgages.

ON SECOND THOUGHT, DON’T: Gimme (Government) Shelter. States and cities spend billions on housing projects that are costly, cumbersome to build, and won’t solve the affordability crisis. Steven Malanga digs into the scandalous programs, which have provided housing to people who don’t need it (one recipient was earning $1 million annually) at prices that are gouging taxpayers, like “affordable” units that cost as much $1 million apiece to build.

NOW IN PAPERBACK: Against the Great Reset: Eighteen Theses Contra the New World Order. What’s wrong with the World Economic Forum’s plans for humanity? What can be done to resist the Davos elite’s determination to run our lives? Michael Walsh has assembled essays from, among others, Angelo Codevilla, Victor Davis Hanson, Roger Kimball, Douglass Murray, Harry Stein, and me.

WINNING TACTICS: How to Defeat Left-Wing Racialism. Battle plans from six domestic-policy experts: Wade Miller, Dan Morenoff, Ilya Shapiro, David E. Bernstein, James Sherk, Judge Glock, and Christopher F. Rufo.

SANE VOICES ON CAMPUS: Put down the Megaphones. Richard Shweder, an anthropologist at the University of Chicago, explains how private schools can support free speech while banning its more disruptive forms. He also quotes some excellent advice given by the president of Columbia University to the incoming freshman class in 1946:

“You who have reached the age of advanced study will, of course, have opinions, maybe even prejudices; but acceptance in an academic community carries with it the obligation to submit those opinions and those prejudices to examination under the bright light of human thought and experience. If, perchance, your views have been crystallized into slogans held aloft on banners, or are subject to control by allegiance to minor or major pressure groups, check your banners and your membership cards at the college gate.”

Of course, this advice to check the banners at the college gate would horrify the students who camped at Columbia this year. Slogans are all they’ve got.

WARNING: THE PUBLIC-HEALTH ESTABLISHMENT IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH: Medscape Censors Science to Placate Activists. Medscape, which bills itself as “the leading online global destination for physicians and healthcare professionals worldwide,” posted medical-education programs on tobacco-harm reduction that included accurate information about nicotine vaping, the most promising tool yet developed for helping smokers quit. But then, despite an enthusiastic reception from the professionals who watched the programs, Medscape bowed to a campaign by anti-vaping zealots and removed the programs.

The result will be less-informed doctors and, presumably, more people smoking and dying. But to anti-vaping activists desperate to keep their jobs and funding, that smells like victory.

WARNING: THE PUBLIC-HEALTH ESTABLISHMENT IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH: Medscape Gets Smoked. A once-reputable platform providing information to physicians caves to woke activists by censoring accurate information about nicotine vaping — the most promising tool yet developed for getting smokers to quit.

NO, CRIME ISN’T DOWN: Enduring Lawlessness in Our Cities. Crime continues to plague the American urban core at much higher levels than before the pandemic. Jeffrey H. Anderson, a former director of the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, rebuts the claims of Biden and the legacy media that the crime wave is over.

WELL WORTH THE TRIP: ‘Deep Sky’ Takes Us On a Cinematic Voyage Beyond the Stars. This IMAX documentary has just opened in 300 theaters across North America, and it gets a rave review in  Forbes:

Imagine venturing to the beginning of time and space, exploring cosmic landscapes so vast and beautiful that they’ve remained unseen by human eyes until now. This is the promise of “Deep Sky,” an extraordinary IMAX presentation that brings the universe’s awe-inspiring mysteries closer than ever before. . . .

At the heart of “Deep Sky” is the story of human ambition and scientific achievement. The film chronicles the high-stakes global mission that brought the James Webb Space Telescope to life. From conception to the nail-biting launch that placed JWST into orbit a million miles from Earth, “Deep Sky” captures the collective effort of thousands of individuals across decades, aiming to answer some of humanity’s oldest questions: Where did we come from? How did the universe begin? Are we alone in the vastness of space?

I’ve seen “Deep Sky” and agree wholeheartedly: It’s a great film, and a joy to watch in IMAX. See it at a theater near you.

 

CENSOR WIKIPEDIA, GET HIRED BY NPR: Larry Sanger Speaks Out. The Wikipedia co-founder discusses NPR’s Katherine Maher and the corruption of the Internet.

THE SWAMP WASN’T DRAINED:: How the Deep State Played Trump During the Pandemic. My podcast (transcript provided) with Rob Montz,  whose documentary reveals how one scientifically ignorant bureaucrat, Deborah Birx, imposed lockdowns and mask mandates during the pandemic.  He calls it a “silent coup” against Trump — carried out with Mike Pence’s acquiescence. And check out Montz’s documentary, “It Wasn’t Fauci.”

BOEING’S WOES: “It’s an Empty Executive Suite.” A Boeing insider explains the profound alienation between the people who build airplanes and the ones who occupy the executive suite — including the DEI bureaucracy that has poisoned the company’s culture.

BUT IT’S GREAT FOR VIRTUE SIGNALING: Actually, Diversity Isn’t Profitable. In a series of much-hyped studies, the McKinsey consulting firm claimed that companies with more “diverse” leadership were more profitable. But a new study finds no connection at all between diversity and profitability.

JUST WHAT WE NEED, A NEW AND UNACCOUNTABLE GLOBAL PANDEMIC CZAR: The WHO’s Power Grab. The response to Covid was the worst fiasco in the history of the public-health profession, but the Biden administration and other countries are planning to reward the World Health Organization by giving it unprecedented powers to impose its disastrous policies on the U.S. and the rest of the world in the next pandemic.

IT”S ABOUT TIME: Second Thoughts in New York. Facing community pressure, some progressive black leaders are reevaluating their soft-on-crime positions.

LOCAL HERO: On the Rocks: The Primadonna Story. I just finished reading the fascinating saga of Joe Costanzo, a mailman turned restaurateur turned prisoner. Joe was a classmate of mine and a basketball star at Central Catholic School in Pittsburgh. Against the advice of his family, he gave up his secure job with the Postal Service and opened an upscale restaurant in a very down-and-out place, McKees Rocks, a blue-collar town outside Pittsburgh that had fallen on hard times with the collapse of the steel industry.

It was a struggle to survive at first, but in the 1990s his Primadonna restaurant became a hot spot thanks to Joe’s family recipes for Italian food, his personality (he’d been the friendliest guy in our high school, greeting everyone by name as he walked down the halls), and his indefatigable marketing efforts. The place got rave reviews from restaurant critics, had two-hour-long lines of customers waiting for a table, and inspired visiting pro athletes and celebrities to make the trek down the Ohio River to sample the wares of Joe and his wife, Donna. Then Joe tried going into politics, spending too much money on a losing campaign for county commissioner. His financial woes led to trouble with the IRS (for tax evasion) and a stint in prison — where Joe again made friends with everyone. The book, written by Joe’s daughter, Maria Costanzo Palmer, and Ruthie Robbins, is an inside look at the restaurant business — and a well-told story of American entrepreneurship.

FOR BETTER OR WORSE: Remote Work Is Here to Stay. Rising office vacancies reflect the new reality.