Alex Pareene

Vaccines don't cause autism. Vaccines, instead, prevent disease. Vaccines have wiped out a score of formerly deadly childhood diseases. Vaccine skepticism has helped to bring some of those diseases back from near extinction.Alex Pareene

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An American parliamentary system with proportional representation wouldn't immediately or inexorably lead to a flourishing social democracy, but it would at least correct the overrepresentation of an ideological minority and cut down on intentional tactical economic sabotage.Alex Pareene

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Aaron Sorkin is why people hate liberals. He's a smug, condescending know-it-all who isn't as smart as he thinks he is.Alex Pareene

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In many ways, Tucker Carlson's a better symbol of the pathetic state of what passes for conservative journalism than even Glenn Beck or the late Andrew Breitbart, to name two of his contemporaries with a much larger following.Alex Pareene

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It's easy for the thought-leader and executive classes to embrace a 'do what you love and love what you do' philosophy when they are wealthy enough to work hard only voluntarily, and when their jobs grant them status.Alex Pareene

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Please don't begin to believe that the American political establishment is anything but a corrupt puppet of oligarchy.Alex Pareene

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The song 'Take This Job and Shove It' spent 18 weeks on the country charts in 1977. 1970s country music fans had a clearer understanding of the ennui of wage-slavery than modern elites.Alex Pareene

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The late Christopher Hitchens had the professional contrarian's fixation on attacking sacred cows, and rather soon after his cancer diagnosis, he became one himself.Alex Pareene

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I think humor can be an effective way of getting the point across, but there are definitely times where I just write very earnestly.Alex Pareene

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I don't want to be totally repetitive and doing the same thing over and over again for the rest of my life. I don't want to do that at all.Alex Pareene

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I guess if you want me to stop writing horrible, mean takedowns of everyone, give me a really, really cushy columnist gig.Alex Pareene

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I grew up in a politically aware household: very civically-minded, good Minnesota liberals.Alex Pareene

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Modern political speechwriting is not a high-minded pursuit for brilliant talents.Alex Pareene

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Modern political speechwriting is certainly a skill, and one that requires experience and practice to master.Alex Pareene

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The State of the Union is less written than it is designed, structured and organized around applause prompts and camera cues.Alex Pareene

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Many people - especially those people who earn livings by convincing editors and bookers that rich and influential strangers consider their thoughts and opinions interesting - have ideas about who should or should not run for president.Alex Pareene

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In some future America, there could be a plausible Michael Bloomberg path to the Democratic nomination. I would love to read a column by a smart person actually attempting to persuade me of this, using evidence.Alex Pareene

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American politicians are responsive almost solely to the interests and desires of their rich constituents and interest groups that primarily represent big business.Alex Pareene

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Political battles are won when the rich favor them.Alex Pareene

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John Boehner was and is an unprincipled ward-heeler who simply couldn't weather the transition of the Republican Party from a corporatist party with a sizable conservative base to a purely conservative party.Alex Pareene

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Is there something psychologically wrong with David Gregory? No, besides the usual superhuman vanity of a television professional. He is just not a great host of a news talk show!Alex Pareene

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Obviously no one wants to give members of Congress a lot of money, because they barely do anything, and many of them are terrible, but a Congress that is made up of rich-but-not-super-rich people is going to be more corruptible than a Congress of really rich people.Alex Pareene

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Sen. Rand Paul is a Different Kind of Republican. He will drag the party, kicking and screaming, toward a new kind of conservatism that appeals more to today's youth, who embrace liberty and are skeptical of foreign intervention.Alex Pareene

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The Pentagon budget, like all government spending, is an expression of priorities.Alex Pareene

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Many on the professional Right owe their livelihoods to a large and growing network of nonprofit donor-funded groups and for-profit consulting and direct marketing companies hired by those groups.Alex Pareene

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Most of us don't think forwarding a racist joke or speaking in an insulting 'comedic' accent is appropriate at the workplace. Unfortunately, for those raised in the toxic culture of conservatism, the sort of mentality that leads government employees to do those things is widespread.Alex Pareene

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Conservatives don't want to read good, smart books. They mostly want to read Fox and talk radio hosts writing about presidents.Alex Pareene

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The Right likes to think that intellectuals and academics like Allan Bloom and Dinesh D'Souza spurred the explosive growth of movement conservatism in the 1980s and 1990s, when it was actually mostly Rush Limbaugh.Alex Pareene

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Conservatives frequently complain of being frozen out of the culture industry, though, like all industries, the culture industry will produce or sell anything it expects to profit from.Alex Pareene

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Everyone knows how hard it can be to market to millennials.Alex Pareene

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