Abbreviated pundit round-up: Rape; we can leave Afghanistan; too pessimistic on climate change

E.J. Dionne Jr. at The Washington Post writes—The Republican establishment’s weak tea:

Yes, Trump is a demagogue. There is a reprehensible ugliness in the way he talks about immigrants. But Trump is an ideal vehicle for a significant swath of alienated voters who want to express their ire against liberals they see as disrespecting them as well as against conventional conservatives they don’t think represent their interests. They feel squeezed from above and below, and Trump seems to get that.
Clinton and Sanders—Sanders especially—are telling these voters that they, too, get this seething anger at the system. The two Democrats offer the traditionally liberal or social democratic answer: that the poor and the middle class do best when they ally in pursuit of economic fairness. It’s a decent sort of politics, but it has often been trumped by nationalism.

Jessica Valenti at The Guardian writes—We can’t

rape if we prize men’s reputations over women’s safety:

As the national conversation on campus rape grows—from White House task forces to magazine covers—there are words we hear again and again: hysteria, panic, wrongfully accused. The concern espoused by pundits and anti-feminists is that renewed actions to end sexual assault are an overreaction that, at best, will lead to confusion between the sexes and, at worst, will ruin men’s lives.
In the 1990s, when sexual harassment was similarly in the spotlight, we heard these same words and worries. They are just as wrong now as they were then.[…]

So the next time you read a blustery article about how the battles young people are fighting against rape culture are “hysterical”, or that campuses are politically correct nightmares, remember the 90s and the end of the world that never came. Because while the fear of a feminist future runs rampant, those who truly deserve our ire go free.

More pundit excerpts and links can be found below the fold.

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