Damon Linker
Damon Linker
Damon Linker is a senior correspondent at TheWeek.com. He is also a former contributing editor at The New Republic and the author of The Theocons and The Religious Test.Source
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Donald Trump's most dangerous political legacy

Donald Trump's most dangerous political legacy

Special section:MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersThe country feels less like it's perched on a precipice than it did at numerous times during the presidency of Donald Trump — and certainly less so than during the white-knuckle weeks surrounding the Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill.Yet as some , this impression is at least partially illusory. The United States remains deeply polarized, with the two parties and their supporters increasingly living out their lives in hermetically sealed realities — residing in different neighborhoods and...

April 19, 2021
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Trump finally jumps the shark

Trump finally jumps the shark

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersI'm starting to think that Donald Trump might be finished.I don't mean that he's bound to be taken down by one of the digging deeply into various aspects of his conduct, though he might be. Or that his business empire is going to be sucked into a cascade of bankruptcies once the begins to come due over the next few years, though that is certainly possible. Or that one or more of will bring him to his knees, though I wouldn't exactly be surprised to see it happen.No, I mean that the man's political potency is...

April 12, 2021
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Bureaucrats are terrible. The alternatives are worse.

Bureaucrats are terrible. The alternatives are worse.

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersNo one likes bureaucracies. Just think of the adjectives we use to describe them: They are bloated, cumbersome, stifling, and impersonal, while the bureaucrats themselves are faceless, entrenched, and unelected.This is unfortunate. It's true that dealing with bureaucracies can be extremely irritating, and they can make mistakes, sometimes big ones. The trouble is that the alternatives are usually worse — and we're far too inclined to forget it.For much of human history, societies have been unapologetically...

March 17, 2021
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The revealing showdown on voting rights

The revealing showdown on voting rights

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March 10, 2021
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The class folly of canceling student loans

The class folly of canceling student loans

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersIt's been just two weeks since Joe Biden won the presidential election, and the progressive feeding frenzy over policy priorities is already well underway.Thanks to a last week from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, calls for the Biden administration to come roaring out of the gate with a plan to cancel billions of dollars in student loan debt have been reverberating across the left. That it for the president to erase that debt through executive action (and without congressional involvement) only makes the...

November 18, 2020
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We've all agreed Putin is wrong. Now what?

We've all agreed Putin is wrong. Now what?

How fast have events been moving over the past several days? So fast that on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, written Thursday morning, just hours after the war began, is already irrelevant. Then, I mainly expressed sadness at what I expected to be Ukraine's swift and decisive defeat at the hands of Russia's vastly more powerful military machine. Instead, that machine has sputtered, and Ukraine's unexpected resolve has inspired what can only be described as geopolitical earthquakes. Germany's government has sharply hiked spending on defense, breaking from decades of precedent. The European...

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