Commentary on Political Economy

Thursday 2 May 2024

PEGGY NOONAN IN WSJ

Everyone is tired of disorder. Our culture, our politics, our flailing media world—everything seems chaotic, on the edge of something.

The Vietnam demonstrations came to a country at relative peace with itself and said: Wake up! The Hamas demonstrations come to a country that hasn’t been at peace with itself in a long time. It watched, and thought: More jarring hell from kids with blood in their eyes making demands.

The people of my liberal-left town were relieved to see the NYPD come in, drag the protesters away, restore order, and let people clean things up.

People want peacefulness. They want to go about their lives. It’s not too much to ask.

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