Wishing you a very happy New Year! As we welcome 2021 with a glimmer of hope, it is worth looking back at a tumultuous year.
Even as we faced a global plague, a recession that dwarfs the scale of the 2008 financial crisis, mass protests, and a polarizing election and its aftermath, we should be thankful for the endurance of American institutions. Historians should thus conclude that the events of 2020 did not kill America, they only made it stronger, writes Victor Davis Hanson at National Review.
In a lighthearted column for the Washington Post, George Will recalls some of the most risible moments of 2020, all carried out ostensibly in the ever so relentless pursuit of “social justice.”
At the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove goes through his annual ritual of making all sorts of predictions, political and otherwise, for the new year. Despite the pandemic upending all predictions for 2020, we are surprised to see how many still managed to hold up nonetheless. As for how these predictions fare by the end of 2021, only time will tell.
As the clock struck midnight on December 31st, Britain’s Brexit transition period with the EU came to a close. With that, we hope that Prime Minister Boris Johnson sees Brexit as an opportunity for renewal. But how did Brexit come to be? In the latest issue of The Economist, Adrian Wooldridge traces the history of the greatest political divorce of our ages.
For the Financial Times, Martin Sandbu notes the reasons to be optimistic for 2021. We can all agree that 2021 should be a year of hope and renewal, so here’s to that!
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