Just Bring in the Skin

At the recent Broadbent Institute conference in Ottawa, progressive icon Gloria Steinem dropped a clanger that rates high among the fatuous pensées of this addled decade.
“The power of the State,” Steinem opined, “stops at the skin.”
Even in this moment of Donald Trump turning political speech into Mad Hatter word balloons, Steinem’s nine-word pronouncement can only leave us gasping: “What, Tom Fool, does that sentence even mean?”
If we explore them at a most literal-minded level, the words are demonstrably absurd. Police officers do not shoot soap bubbles at fleeing miscreants. Public education is not intended to be toweled off like

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