The Tuesday: (Political) Crime and (Legal) Punishment

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BY KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON August 30, 2022
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WITH KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON August 30, 2022
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(Political) Crime and (Legal) Punishment

Welcome to the Tuesday, a weekly newsletter about all the things, or at least some of the things, that have struck me as interesting since last Tuesday. The Tuesday is available only to NRPlus members: If you would like join NRPlus — and you really should — you can sign up here. You get all kinds of good stuff in addition to the Tuesday — there are six other days in the week, after all.

Prosecute the Powerful

Republicans really want to talk about Hunter Biden's laptop. Democrats want to talk about January 6. Every partisan has his favorite story.

What if I told you, those are the same story?

They are, in a sense.

By the numbers, there isn't much reason to care about January 6. The Capitol architect estimates that property damage was something around $3 million, and there were five deaths associated with that tornado of rage, filth, and stupidity. In term of loss of life, the fiasco at Travis Scott's Astroworld show in Houston was twice as bad — ten dead — and, if you ask the lawyers, the dollar damages were a whole lot worse: They're currently asking $3 billion in total, with 387 lawsuits from 2,800 alleged victims at last count. (The dollar figures are not strictly comparable: The $3 billion in damages sought in the Astroworld mess includes both property damage and bodily injury.) But I care a lot more about January 6 than I do Astroworld, because — this part matters! — it was an attempt to nullify a legitimate election and thereby effect the overthrow of the government of these United States. I care about that. There are lots of riots and lots of other crime. When those riots take on a particular political character, they are of much more urgent interest.

There are a lot of Hunter Biden types in the world, and I don't care about most of them. Coke and hookers and all that? I'm a libertarian — that stuff isn't very good for you, but I'm not inclined to throw anybody into prison over it. Corrupt business practices? I'm not going to say those don't matter, but I'm a lot less fussy about that than many Americans are — I'm not convinced insider trading ...   READ MORE

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