David French
David French
Senior Editor @TheDispatch, contributing writer @TheAtlantic, Co-host, Advisory Opinions and Good Faith podcasts, Iraq vet, married to @NancyAFrench.Source
Franklin, TN
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The New Right’s Strange and Dangerous Cult of Toughness

The New Right’s Strange and Dangerous Cult of Toughness

An emerging culture idolizes a twisted version of “toughness” as the highest ideal and despises a false version of “weakness” as the lowest vice. Last month, at the National Conservatism conference, a gathering of hundreds of leaders and members of a movement that hopes to represent a new, less libertarian American right, one of the speakers, a lawyer named Josh Hammer, delivered a strange denunciation of “fusionism.” For those not steeped in the language of conservatism, fusionism refers to the alliance among economic conservatives, social conservatives, and defense hawks forged during...

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Why the Atlanta Massacre Triggered a Conversation About Purity Culture

Why the Atlanta Massacre Triggered a Conversation About Purity Culture

JoinIt always happens. Every time there is a mass shooting—often before we even know the number and identity of victims—there’s a desperate and immediate quest to know who was the shooter and what were his motives. Part of this is understandable, human, and necessary. When innocent women and men are gunned down in cold blood something in our spirits cries out, “Why?”But another part of this quest for an immediate explanation is toxic and destructive. Every single mass shooter (and, sadly, there are many of them) becomes an immediate weapon in the culture war. Did the shooter wear the red...

March 21, 2021
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Exclusive: Robinhood aims to allow users to buy into IPOs - sources

Exclusive: Robinhood aims to allow users to buy into IPOs - sources

By , (Reuters) - Robinhood Markets Inc is building a platform to “democratize” initial public offerings (IPOs), including its own, that would allow users of its trading app to snap up shares alongside Wall Street funds, according to people familiar with the matter.The move could further erode Wall Street’s grip on stock market flotations. It would be easier to implement for Robinhood’s own IPO, given how companies and their investment bankers tightly control allocations to investors in new listings.Currently, Robinhood users and other amateur traders cannot buy into stock of a newly listed...

March 25, 2021
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Exclusive: Robinhood aims to allow users to buy into IPOs - sources

Exclusive: Robinhood aims to allow users to buy into IPOs - sources

By , (Reuters) - Robinhood Markets Inc is building a platform to “democratize” initial public offerings (IPOs), including its own, that would allow users of its trading app to snap up shares alongside Wall Street funds, according to people familiar with the matter.The move could further erode Wall Street’s grip on stock market flotations. It would be easier to implement for Robinhood’s own IPO, given how companies and their investment bankers tightly control allocations to investors in new listings.Currently, Robinhood users and other amateur traders cannot buy into stock of a newly listed...

March 25, 2021
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Only the Church Can Truly Defeat a Christian Insurrection

Only the Church Can Truly Defeat a Christian Insurrection

The DispatchJoinI’m going to be honest. I can’t shake the sadness. I can’t shake the anger. We have to be clear about what happened in Washington D.C. on January 6th. A violent Christian insurrection invaded and occupied the Capitol. Why do I say this was a Christian insurrection? Because so very many of the protesters told us they were Christian, as loudly and clearly as they could. The Atlantic’s invaluable religion reporter, Emma Green, compiled considerable evidence of the Christian presence. I saw much of it with my own eyes. There was a giant wooden cross outside the Capitol. “Jesus...

January 10, 2021
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Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘I Thought It Was a Home Invasion’ | National Review

Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘I Thought It Was a Home Invasion’ | National Review

Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking.She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram.She wasn’t dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full view of the police. Some yelled at her to...

April 20, 2015
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Exclusive: Wells Fargo explores sale of asset management business - sources

Exclusive: Wells Fargo explores sale of asset management business - sources

By (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co is exploring a sale of its asset management business, in what would be the U.S. bank’s biggest shake-up since former Bank of New York Mellon chief executive Charles Scharf joined as CEO last year, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.The potential deal would illustrate how Scharf is looking at drastic moves, beyond cost cuts, as he seeks to turn Wells Fargo around following a years-old sales practices scandal. He has said he is targeting $10 billion in savings annually over the long term.Wells Fargo’s asset management arm, which managed $578...

October 23, 2020
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U.S. shale mergers accelerate, as Pioneer-Parsley deal joins roster

U.S. shale mergers accelerate, as Pioneer-Parsley deal joins roster

By , HOUSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Consolidation in the U.S. shale industry is accelerating, ratcheting up pressure on oil and gas producers to gobble up smaller rivals, analysts and executives said.Pioneer Natural Resources Co, one of the largest independent shale operators, joined the ranks of dealmakers as it announced on Tuesday a low-premium $4.5 billion buyout of Parsley Energy Inc.The coronavirus pandemic has slashed oil demand and forced struggling shale producers to cut costs. Crude prices have slid about a third this year but drillers still must invest to maintain the same rate of...

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October 20, 2020
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Why We Fight So Ferociously Over the Supreme Court

Why We Fight So Ferociously Over the Supreme Court

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByIf you want to know the roots of the country’s present polarization over the Supreme Court, we have to go back. No, not to the contentious hearings for Brett Kavanaugh two years ago, nor to Sen. McConnell’s decision to deny a hearing or confirmation vote to Merrick Garland, who was President Obama’s 2016 pick to replace Justice Scalia. We must go even farther back than the drama of the Clarence Thomas hearing in 1991 or the attacks on Robert Bork’s character in 1987. The real point of origin is one of the first judicial controversies...To Read the Full...

September 28, 2020
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America’s Racial Progress | National Review

America’s Racial Progress | National Review

are two things that I believe to be true. First, that America has a long history of brutal and shameful mistreatment of racial minorities — with black Americans its chief victims. And second, that America is a great nation, and that American citizens (and citizens of the world) should be grateful for its founding. Perhaps no nation has done more good for more people than the United States. It was and is a beacon of liberty and prosperity in a world long awash in tyranny and poverty.In much of our modern political discourse, it seems to be taken as a given that the existence of one truth has...

July 9, 2020
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