Shocking overview of America’s opioid crisis.
“There have always been drug addicts in need of help, but the scale of the present wave of heroin and opioid abuse is unprecedented. Fifty-two thousand Americans died of overdoses in 2015—about four times as many as died from gun homicides and half again as many as died in car accidents. Pawtucket is a small place, and yet 5,400 addicts are members at Anchor. Six hundred visit every day. Rhode Island is a small place, too. It has just over a million people. One Brown University epidemiologist estimates that 20,000 of them are opioid addicts—2 percent of the population.
“Salisbury, Massachusetts (pop. 8,000), was founded in 1638, and the opium crisis is the worst thing that has ever happened to it. The town lost one young person in the decade-long Vietnam War. It has lost fifteen to heroin in the last two years. Last summer, Huntington, West Virginia (pop. 49,000), saw twenty-eight overdoses in four hours. Episodes like these played a role in the decline in U.S. life expectancy in 2015. The death toll far eclipses those of all previous drug crises.
“And yet, after five decades of alarm over threats that were small by comparison, politicians and the media have offered only a muted response. A willingness at least to talk about opioid deaths (among other taboo subjects) surely helped Donald Trump win last November’s election. In his inaugural address, President Trump referred to the drug epidemic (among other problems) as “carnage.” Those who call the word an irresponsible exaggeration are wrong.”
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When your assumptions fail, you can either try to mend the gaps in your thinking with a spot of epistemic humility or you can double down on paranoid conspiracy theories.
Guess which option the American left has picked?
All credit to Buzzfeed for highlighting the Alex Jones-ification of the Democrats.
“I don’t want to add to the conspiratorial musings of so many about this very conspiratorial administration, but it strikes me there may be something worrying going on here,” he concluded.
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An entertaining attack on Trump’s plan to control the appearance of White House employees from the FT:
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This intriguing piece by Henry Olsen argues the case for Trump as a return to Reaganite principles — so long as you focus on Reagan’s use of the state not just his understanding of its limits.
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“The real problem is the ‘faux-expert problem’, one who doesn’t know what he doesn’t know, and assumes he knows what people think. An electrician doesn’t have that problem.”
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I can’t believe I missed the unfailingly brilliant Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit discussing Trump’s war with the media on the BBC. But his (rare) long blogpost on the topic is well worth it.
“They’re taking the bait because they think he’s dumb, and impulsive, and lacking self-control — but he’s the one causing them to act in ways that are dumb and impulsive, and demonstrate lack of self-control.”
And this, which is definitely my clause of the week:
“but there are a lot of scarily competent guys out there in the world who like white and gold furniture.”
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