Nicholas Kristof: I Sin Again

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

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Nicholas Kristof

Saturday, May 28, 2016

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I Sin Again

Once more, I’ve betrayed liberals. A few weeks ago I wrote about what I consider liberalism’s blind spot: The tendency of my fellow progressives to discriminate on university campuses against conservatives and evangelicals and call it enlightenment. The response to the column was a torrent of outrage and a remarkable consensus — on this issue, I’m nuts — so today I’m responding to critics. Read!
I generally like President Obama’s foreign policy, but his Syria policy has been a huge failure — certainly his greatest foreign policy failing. And now the one Pentagon-trained rebel force remaining in Syria is in jeopardy.
I used to think that I favored Bill Clinton’s welfare reforms, and initially they had real benefits (largely nudging more of the poor into the labor force). But recent evidence is more mixed, and in particular new data shows that the poorest of the poor (including kids) are actually worse off than before and that extreme poverty has increased in the U.S. since the 1990’s. This excellent New York Review of Books article explains.
Meanwhile, the State Department released a new report discussing Hillary Clinton’s email use. The bottom line as I see it is that Clinton broke State Department policy but not the law, and that her explanations have been evasive and disingenuous (she presumably used a private email address and server to try to avoid FOIA requests). But I think the security concerns have been exaggerated (the official State Department email system was definitely penetrated, and we don’t know if her server was), and I don’t see any criminal issues for her here. Let’s focus on what’s more important: policy.
And now for today’s column in which I sin again. I really believe in using columns to promote discussion of important issues, so here I tackle criticisms from readers and once more reproach my fellow progressives for favoring every kind of diversity except the ideological kind. Read!»
— Nicholas Kristof
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