Joe Simonson on the latest innovation in anti-Trump “resistance”:
Just Nips [are] the “official nipples of The Resistance movement,” according to founder Molly Borman. Started last January in time for the Women’s March, Just Nips provides synthetic nipples that you can wear over your bra or over your nipples. The product “cements the idea that women can and should do whatever they want,” Borman told me over the phone. In this case, “whatever they want” means making random people in public think you’re not wearing a bra — for empowerment or something. Just Nips’ release date is no coincidence. Borman sees her product as a direct challenge to President Trump’s administration. According to Borman, “a lot of women feel unsafe” under Trump, and her product helps provide comfort and “a safe space.”
Apparently, they’re “the WMDs of nipple erectors.”
Sarah Hoyt on processed youth:
I don’t know who coined “Reeeee” for the sound progressives make when in the middle of a scream fest about some – mostly imaginary and unintended – offence. I know that for several months now my friends have been using it, usually when just having dealt with some idiot who keeps yammering on about moon ferrets. Or patriarchy. Or white supremacy… Thing is, if you’ve read about the Cultural Revolution… those too were a bunch of ignorant kids, taught only Maoism, and completely ignorant of what the peasants needed to do to survive and grow food. Their advice, their demands, their theories, were not only stupid but actually life-threatening. But people had to follow it because otherwise they’d be denounced and held up before revolutionary tribunals… The people who destroyed Chinese culture and productivity in the Cultural Revolution, and who filled the Yellow River with so many bodies that they washed up en masse on the shores of Macao (where my dad saw them), were nothing more and nothing less than weaponised Reeeee brigades.
Marian Tupy on Africa’s poverty:
African poverty… is an outcome of unfortunate policy choices, most of which were freely chosen by Africa’s leaders after independence… Africans in general and nationalist leaders in particular… were determined to expunge many of the colonial institutions… [and] chose to emulate the political arrangements and economic policies of… the Soviet Union… The socialist bacillus infected much of Africa, which adopted one-party government that destroyed accountability and the rule of law, undermined property rights and, consequently, growth. Price and wage controls were imposed, and free trade gave way to import substitution and autarky.
And Kristian Niemietz and Madeline Grant on dismal but enduring ideas:
Every day, thousands of Venezuelans queue to apply for a passport so that they can move to a different country. But without much luck, because the government has run out of plastic to laminate passports.
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