- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 28, 2001

Trade tantrums
"The trouble with anti-trade activism is, as you may have noticed, the anti-trade activists. They just can't seem to shake the image of window-smashing radicalism that has dominated television coverage from Seattle to Quebec City. Such pictures have led to a general public perception that the activists will go to any length to advance their menagerie of retrograde causes.
"No tactic — with the possible exception of careful analysis and reasoned discourse — is out-of-bounds. 'Doing whatever it takes,' as one prominent protester in Quebec City said, means that vandalism, violence, and harassment are acceptable behavior for the Black Blockheads and Ruckus-Societarians of the world.
"But such nastiness, we're inevitably told, is limited to small groups of rascally anarchists. (By the way, am I the only one who thinks that people who embrace tariffs and an industrial policy haven't fully grasped what the word 'anarchist' means?) The 'vast majority' of globalization's critics are respectable, thoughtful, peace-loving pillars of society. They may understand the 'frustration' that drives the actions of the fringe, but they certainly don't condone their antics. 'Kids will be kids,' they say, 'We'd like to stop them, but there's nothing we can do!' …
"The anti-globalization left demands that people take it seriously, but that's hard to do when confronted by a PR strategy that vacillates between tantrums and pranks. I suppose with no facts on their side, that's the best the activists can do."
—Aaron Lukas, writing on "Respect Us! (Or Else)," yesterday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Mama's boy
"The number of adult children moving back to the nest has been rising since the 1970s, and is likely to swell as the first wave of the 71 million children of Baby Boomers graduates from college. …
"After five years of college, Joe Fisher graduated from Northeastern University last June with two goals in mind: to find a job in the entertainment industry, and to move back home with mom and dad. But even after landing a job at Nickelodeon as a production assistant in November, the 23-year-old from New York City continued to live with the folks. 'No rent, no money spent on food, the luxury of a washer and dryer in the apartment,' Fisher explains, listing the advantages of home living.
"Fisher joins a population of 18 million 20- to 34-year-olds currently living with their parents — 38 percent of all young adult singles. … And for marketers, it signals the emergence of a new and untapped market. The new generation of post-collegiate nesters, unencumbered by room-and-board payments, is financially savvy, ready to spend, and a growing consumer force."
—Pamela Paul, writing on "Echo Boomerang," in the July issue of American Demographics

Truth about Jesse
"Al Sharpton went woozy in a TV interview with Fox News last week, and made an impressive gaffe, in the Kinsleyan sense of the word, i.e., the accidental telling of an impolitic truth.
"When the reporter asked the Mandela of our time if the Tawana Brawley imbroglio would hurt his presidential chances, he hotly retorted, 'I did not take the blood of the guy I loved and put it on my shirt.' He was referring, of course, to the claim made by some of Martin Luther King Jr.'s associates that Jesse Jackson crassly took advantage of King's assassination for personal aggrandizement.
"That is the Great Unmentionable in elite black politics, and Sharpton was roundly denounced by black leaders. …
"Sharpton, after all, had only spoken the truth about what a phony Jackson is, and alluded to how the media let him get away with a disgraceful past."
—Rod Dreher, writing on "Jesse vs. Al: The Power Struggle," Monday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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