Episode 33

NYT for Free Speech, Texas Abortions, Adams v. The Left, Ukrainian Refugees

In today’s show, Ravi and Reason’s Liz Wolfe start with the New York Times’ belated defense of free speech, companies jumping into the political battle over abortion in Texas, Eric Adams getting pushback from the progressive left, and an update on the Ukrainian refugee crisis. 


Ravi and Liz discuss the recent piece from the New York Times’ editorial board decrying America’s free speech problem, a welcome declaration from a paper that’s seemed in thrall in recent years to the cancellation instincts the piece condemns. 

Both Liz and Ravi list a number of less-publicized examples of left-wing cancellations and how the entire notion of “cancel culture” takes many forms, none of them popular with the American public at large. Ravi then lists some counterbalancing right-wing examples to demonstrate the issue cuts both ways. 

Ravi and Liz then turn to Citigroup offering to pay for employees in Texas to seek abortions out of state and the tricky private sector vs. government regulation angle of this ever-controversial issue. 

Liz gives her own take on abortion procedures in general and why she finds the direction of the national debate troubling. Ravi lays out how the partisan aspects of that debate have changed over the years.

Ravi checks in with his favorite discussion topic mayor, New York’s Eric Adams, and the new resistance he’s facing from the progressive left. Ravi and Liz discuss whether The People’s Plan can successfully chip away at Adams’ political capital. 

The segment briefly descends into a DeBlasio takedown before circling back to charter schools as a blind spot for many Democrats. 

Ravi gives a brief update on the war in Ukraine and the 3-million-plus refugees who have fled the country since Russia invaded roughly a month ago. 

Liz lauds the announcement that the U.S. will welcome 100,000 of those refugees and argues both political parties should embrace immigration in the interest of bettering the country.

NYT Editorial Board: America Has a Free Speech Problem (New York Times, 3/18)
How One Stupid Tweet Ruined Justine Sacco’s Life (NYT Magazine, 2/12/2015)
Stop Firing The Innocent (The Atlantic, 6/27/2020)
Cathy Young: What Cancel Culture Is–and Isn’t (The Bulwark, 10/25/2021)
Coffee Brand Ristretto Roasters Will Throw in the Towel for Good This Month (Eater Portland, 12/7/2020)
Portland Burrito Shop Closes After Accusations of Cultural Appropriation (Snopes, 5/26/2017)
Museum Curator Resigns After He Is Accused of Racism for Saying He Would Still Collect Art From White Men (Reason, 7/12/2020)
Liz Wolfe: Many Pro-Choice Talking Points Border Propaganda (The Federalist, 5/17/2019)
Kindness Yoga called out: Weakened by coronavirus, 9 studios close after Instagram campaign exposes rift over race (Colorado Sun, 6/29/2020)
Why You’re Wrong–and Right–About Abortion (Honestly with Bari Weiss, 2021)
Texas passes law banning abortion after six weeks (BBC, 9/1/2021)
Texas Lawmaker Warns Citigroup Against Paying for Out-of-State Abortions (New York Times, 3/18)
Missouri lawmaker seeks to stop residents from obtaining abortions out of state (Washington Post, 3/8)
Trends in Views on Legality of Abortion, by Party ID (Gallup) 
Eric Adams is daring the left to take him on – and they’re game (Politico, 3/20)
How Eric Adams Won The New York City Mayoral Primary (FiveThirtyEight, 8/25/2021)
The People’s Plan Summary Booklet
Mayor Outlines Plans to Combat Gun Violence After String of Officer Shootings (NBC 4 New York, 1/24)
Hochul boosts funding for charters, gives Mayor Adams 4 years to run NYC schools (New York Post, 1/18)
Charter School Performance in New York City (Center for Research on Education Outcomes, Stanford University, 2017)
Democrats in NYC want more charter schools despite Albany cap, poll finds (New York Post, 4/30/2021)
Urban Charter School Study: Report on 41 Regions (Center for Research on Education Outcomes, Stanford University, 2015)
Farewell, Bill de Blasio: Good riddance to the mayor who talked the talk but failed to walk the walk (Insider, 11/20/2021)
Siege of Mariupol: Why the Ukrainian port city has been targeted by Russia (The Independent, 3/19)
UNHCR Operational Data Portal: Ukraine Refugee Situation
A graphical comparison of Russian and Ukrainian military forces (Defense News, 2/24)
Ukraine refugees: Why the US has allowed so few (CNN, 3/19)
U.S. will accept up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine, Biden says (Washington Post, 3/24)
The Happiest and the Most Racist: Institutional Racism in Nordic Countries (Harvard Political Review, 7/25/2020)