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A Dutch Populist's American Roots

How Geert Wilders Found His Voice in the U.S.

The leader of the Netherlands’ far-right Freedom Party seems like an extremist by American standards, with his calls to ban the Koran and close mosques — but as Leonid Bershidsky notes, Geert Wilders has long been a student of U.S. conservatives. Fortunately for moderates (and Muslims, and nearly everyone else), Bershidsky says Wilders’s made-in-the-USA approach probably won’t be enough for him to gain power in the upcoming Dutch elections.

How China Can Stop the World’s Next Pandemic

An outbreak of bird flu has already caused some 100 deaths in China this year, but officials needn’t worry. Instead, Adam Minter suggests, they could stop the disease’s spread with a minor tweak to a decades-old bureaucratic practice.

A Setback for Transgender Students (With a Silver Lining)

The Trump administration’s reversal on transgender rights seems like a blow to the movement (and it certainly is to public school students). But looking to the Supreme Court, Noah Feldman says the move could actually lead to stronger legal protections for transgender Americans in the long term.

‘Authentic’ Food Isn’t What You Think It Is

Megan McArdle mulls over the paradox at the heart of the modern food culture: If traditional fare from the Old Country was really so great, why did so many people abandon it in the 20th century? After the processed-foods revolution, she suspects, “authenticity” could be a recipe for futility.

Ritholtz’s Reads

  • Warren Buffett’s best investment (Gates Notes)
  • Why facts don’t change our minds (The New Yorker)
  • The end of a golden age: Unprecedented growth marked the era from 1948 to 1973. It can never be repeated. Why? (Aeon)

(Read Barry Ritholtz’s full daily news roundup here.) 

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