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Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 11:31 am

Iconoclasm 101

 About those Confederate statues, which I write about in my new column: Tyler Cowen, a critic of some influence these days, praised Baltimore’s mayor who decided to remove that city’s confederate statutes in the dead of night without warning. Wrote Cowen:

his statue removal was done suddenly, without democratic input for the final decision to proceed, and, as far as I can tell, without much in the way of leaks. The mayor just did it. Physically. Overnight. The importance of physical space, and how we shape and present it, must have been paramount in her mind.

I suspect that what was paramount in her mind was avoiding the kind of trouble they had in Charlottesville. But while prudent, was the mayor’s move wise? I remember well how Richie Daley destroyed Midway Airport in 2003 suddenly, physically, overnight, without democratic input for the final decision to proceed. Cowen concludes, “That is what the end of complacency looks like.” Yes, but that also is what the beginning of something worse looks like. 
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