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Autocracy traps, anti-democratic magazines, Ted Cruz theatrics, and gas price punishments: Spectacles last week

Last Week's Digest + A Throwback

Autocracy traps, anti-democratic magazines, Ted Cruz theatrics, and gas price punishments: Spectacles last week

Spectacles  — 29 March 2022

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One from the archive:

Europe’s Check on Big Tech | Insight
The European Parliament wants to regulate the tech industry. There are problems, especially regarding freedom of expression.
The EU is restarting work on its efforts to reign in American Big Tech. This is a good primer on what's been going on.

Everything from last week:

Why the West Will Win | Focus
Or, how the very features which led the West to self-doubt and awe of autocracy will ensure democracy’s triumph.
Philip makes the case for the human qualities of liberal democracy as being decisive advantages rather than handicaps.
Shout, You’re on Camera | Insight
Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings featured the usual political absurdities. Would cutting the cameras fix it?
Harry takes a look at what went down in KBJ's confirmation hearing and whether fewer cameras in Congress might help tame our tweet-hungry legislators.
Spectacles, but for Bad Guys | Insight
A new magazine seeks to build a coalition between left- and right-wing critics of liberalism. What explains their alliance?
Harry comments on a new magazine launch by a number of opponents of liberal democracy. Bad news.
Vote With Your Ballot | Insight
Some people think punishing the president for high gas prices is nonsensical. In fact, it’s a profoundly honest expression of what democracy promises.
Philip explains how it's unfair and undemocratic to criticize people for punishing the president for gas prices.

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