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Tyler Cowen

Six Broader Insights From the Kavanaugh Saga So Far

Is this how the republic ends? Probably not, but it’s certainly how it changes.

This is what a changing America looks like.

This is what a changing America looks like.

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Most news analyses are written by experts. But sometimes an event is of such importance that it is worth sampling some outsiders, and so I would like to consider last week’s Senate testimony from Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. I don’t know who “Squi” is, my day job stopped me from watching, and I don’t recall the possible names of the cited drinking games. Still, the broader saga has made a big impression on me. Stepping back from the most partisan elements of the day-to-day, I see the following as most noteworthy.

Alcohol is an underrated factor.