Hi, Premier Andrews: please say something nice about families

When parts of Melbourne, Victoria, were sent back into lockdown three weeks ago, state Premier Daniel Andrews identified the weakness that had allowed a new coronavirus outbreak as “families”. “The experts tell us that, largely, the numbers are being driven by families – families having big get-togethers and not following the advice around distancing and […]

F is for factional, fascist, and Facebook

Earlier this week MercatorNet published an essay on environmental catastrophizing by Michael Schellenberger. In “I was wrong. We scared you unnecessarily, says environmentalist,” he promoted his latest book, Apocalypse Never. As we often do, we posted a link on our Facebook page. Imagine my disgust when our Facebook editor, Jean Seah, told me that Facebook […]

Systemic racial bias in the US criminal justice system is not a myth

One response of some conservatives to the nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism has been to reject the existence of systemic racism altogether. A widely cited Wall Street Journal article by Heather Mac Donald, for instance, claims that “A solid body of evidence finds no structural bias in the criminal-justice system with regard to arrests, prosecution […]