The dry spell on the left continues. First, San Francisco voters of all people decide they’ve had enough of the ravages of so-called progressive education and public safety. Then the Supreme Court signals that it is done wresting political power from the people and their elected officials. And now even the commercial brand synonymous with counterculture capitalism is moving toward the sane center.
Casual observers may think that the nasty wokesters who now dominate campus discourse spend all their time attacking American traditions like limited constitutional governance and free speech. We recently learned that even after leaving campus, they spend a lot of time attacking each other. But there are still many hours in the day for political mischief, which is also directed against other countries.
Somehow, after surveying a world populated by too many malevolent dictators, the campus left decided that the appropriate targets for sanctions are our friends in democratic Israel. And the left has even pushed a number of institutions to get involved.
But the encouraging news of the day is that the San Francisco of consumer grocery brands is restoring service in a part of the world where there’s no shortage of ice cream weather. “Unilever announced today that it has entered into a new agreement for Ben & Jerry’s in Israel, ensuring the ice cream remains available to all consumers,” said a Unilever press release, adding:
The Company has sold its interest in Ben & Jerry’s in Israel to Avi Zinger, owner of American Quality Products Ltd (AQP), the current licensee based in Israel. The new agreement means that fully owned by its current licensee, Ben & Jerry’s will be sold under its Hebrew and Arabic names throughout Israel and the West Bank.
Under the terms of Unilever’s acquisition agreement for Ben & Jerry’s in 2000, Ben & Jerry’s and its independent board of directors were granted the right to make decisions about its social mission, but Unilever retains primary responsibility for financial and operational decisions and therefore has the Right to Participate in Arrangement.
The new business agreement follows a Unilever review of Ben & Jerry’s in Israel after the brand and its independent board announced their decision last year to stop selling its ice cream in the West Bank…
Unilever completely and firmly rejects any form of discrimination or intolerance. Anti-Semitism has no place in any society. We have never expressed any support for the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement and have no intention of changing that position.
Unilever is very proud of our business in Israel, which provides people across the country with everyday household products.
But wait, there’s more good news about institutions fighting back intolerance. Even on campus, there still seem to be free speech defenders for non-leftists. Politico’s Olivia Olander writes:
George Washington University will not cancel Judge Clarence Thomas’ constitutional law class or fire him, despite backlash over his consensus opinion in overturning Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, the university said Tuesday.
“Debate is an integral part of our university’s academic and educational mission,” it said in a statement to the George Washington University community.
Deconstruction smaller than expected
Your humble correspondent has dismissed the idea that we are doomed to suffer a recession, but concedes that the argument gets a bit more difficult. Today is another signal that President Joe Biden should rule out tax increases and also pursue pro-growth deregulation policies before it’s too late. The Journal’s Sarah Chaney Cambon reports:
The US economy started the second quarter on more shaky ground than previously assumed.
Consumer spending, the main driver of the economy, was much weaker in the first quarter than previously reported, according to the Commerce Department’s gross domestic product revisions released on Wednesday. Spending rose at a revised annual rate of 1.8% in the first quarter, versus a previous estimate of 3.1%.
The updated numbers revised the contraction in economic output in the first quarter to an annual rate of 1.6% from 1.5%.
America after roe
President Biden’s approval ratings are so universally abysmal that he is likely to bounce at least modestly off his new low in the RealClearPolitics poll average. On average, Biden disapproves the number of approvers by 19.5 percentage points.
Slightly better news for the president than the overall result comes from the latest Economist/YouGov poll, which finds him just 17 points underwater. But voter dissatisfaction with Joe Biden is nothing new. What news consumers might find particularly interesting about the Economist/YouGov poll is that it contained a number of questions about abortion and was conducted entirely after the Supreme Court’s most recent Dobbs decision announced.
Now that voters and lawmakers are once again allowed to decide abortion policy, the following questions and answers from the poll may provide a clue as to how the policy might evolve:
On the subject of abortion, at what point in a pregnancy do you think abortion should be banned?
Abortion should never be banned 28%
Banned after 6 months (second trimester) 7%
Blocking after 15 weeks 12%
Banned after three months (first trimester) 16%
Banned after six weeks (when a fetal heartbeat can be detected) 18%
Prohibited after conception (always prohibited) 20%
Alyssa Hannahs of Huntington West Virginia’s WSAZ reported Wednesday morning:
Hershel “Woody” Williams, recipient of the Medal of Honor, has passed away…Williams, who turned 98 on October 2, fought with the Marine Corps in World War II as a flamethrower in the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945…
Williams was the last surviving World War II veteran to receive the Medal of Honor.
“We live in the greatest country on earth and we have to be proud and say that fact,” Williams once told the Military Times.
Fact check: True.
Rest In Peace Woody Williams.
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