Articles by Dennis Saffran

The Real Hype Was About the Flu

OVID-19 is not the 1918 Spanish Flu, which killed 50 million people—the lurid fear-mongering of some media outlets notwithstanding. But it’s not the regular flu either, and a lot of people across the political spectrum erred in making that comparison at the outset. Scientific American last week published an important article by Jeremy Samuel Faust, a Harvard […]

Prepare, Don’t Panic

month before our first child was born my wife and I took one of those baby safety courses. It was taught by an emergency medical technician who had seen many horrific deaths of babies and children, and had become an expert at preventing such tragedies. The course was like a sick parody of the old […]

Leftists Miss the Hazards of Shoving It Down Our Throats

Put aside all the emotionally overwrought rhetoric you’ve been hearing in the mainstream media about the gay and transgender rights cases argued in the Supreme Court this week. The cases are not about whether there should be laws protecting gay and transgender employees against employment discrimination. That’s up to Congress and the state and local […]

Good Riddance to Amazon

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Reject the ‘Wrong on Both Sides’ Dodge

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Amazon’s HQ2 Boondoggle Shows Trump’s Impact on the Right

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Politicized Science Undermines Science, Politics

I posted this retweet of Jordan Peterson’s from the journal Nature with the note “Science has become totally politicized, and then we’re told to unquestioningly accept its politicized non-scientific conclusions on political issues.” This led, unfortunately, to a rehashing of the usual arguments about global warming, even though that wasn’t what Peterson or I were […]

Pennsylvania and Populism: Lessons Missed

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Be Grateful Trump Broke the Overton Window

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About Trump’s Death Penalty Tweets

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Out with the ‘Ins’! In with the ‘Outs’!

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A Partial Defense of Milo Yiannopoulos

Some thoughts on the Milo Yiannopoulos brouhaha. Of course the former Breitbart.com editor’s videotaped comments, in which he seemed to condone sex with young teenage boys, are appalling. And, like many others, I found his denials and apologies to be insufficient. But I’d like to put some other things on the table to explain why I’m […]

The President Versus the Judges

“Judges as persons, or courts, as institutions, are entitled to no greater immunity from criticism than other persons or institutions. There have sometimes been martinets upon the bench … who have used the paraphernalia of power in support of what they called their dignity. Therefore, judges must be kept mindful of their limitations, and of […]