Author Archives: Spencer Critchley

How TV Has Changed Us: Barr Didn’t Need to Make an Argument, Just a Video Clip

What we saw from Barr yesterday was a deeply cynical exploitation of how television has changed us. Barr wasn’t trying to make an argument — he knew he didn’t have to. Instead, he was just trying to make a video … Continue reading

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i24’s “Clear Cut” with Michelle Makori: Bernie, Immigration

I was on the April 16, 2019 show to discuss Bernie topping a recent poll after appearing on Fox News, and how to accommodate the surge in ayslum seekers.

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i24’s “Clear Cut” with Michelle Makori: The Barr Letter, Healthcare

On the March 27. 2019 show I spoke about Attorney General Barr’s summary of the Mueller report, and President Trump’s efforts to end Obamacare.

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i24’s “Stateside” with David Shuster: Joe Biden

I was on “Stateside” on the Israeli global news network i24 on March 20, 2019 to talk about the “inappropriate touching” allegations against Joe Biden.

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What Makes a Life-Changing Teacher

Kamala Harris is doing a nice thing on Twitter, asking people to share stories of teachers who changed their lives. Here’s one of several I can think of right away: Kenneth Clegg, the chemistry teacher at Warwick Academy in Bermuda. … Continue reading

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Democratic Socialist or Social Democrat? There’s a Difference — and It Matters a Lot.

Words matter. And if Democrats aren’t careful, they’ll use them to lose the 2020 election. Led by popular figures like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, some on the left are calling themselves Democratic Socialists. Are they really? I hope not. … Continue reading

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What the Feinstein-Kids Video Teaches About Effective—And Ineffective—Advocacy

About the kids and Dianne Feinstein. I understand why some people feel outraged by what they think they’re seeing in the video, but I’d like to ask them to step back for a moment and try something that may feel … Continue reading

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The “Innocent Mistake” Defense for Racism

Slavery was repugnant to many Americans long before America was a country — the Germantown Quakers denounced it in 1688. It was outlawed in the British Empire in 1833. We fought a Civil War over it from 1861-65. Still, injustice … Continue reading

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How We Won—And Then Lost—The Cold War

It’s been hitting me hard lately how so much of the agony we’re living through now originates in our bungling response, or lack of response, to the fall of the Soviet Union. When the USSR collapsed in on itself under … Continue reading

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Thugocracy

Erasing the difference between America and a thugocracy like Russia may be this presidency’s most tragic effect. Millions of Americans are being held hostage by a leader who can’t get what he wants through the legitimate legislative process. Count 800,000 … Continue reading

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