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Loyalty Oafs & Economic Patriotism

By James Taranto, Wall Street Journal - August 7, 2014

Before we settled on today's topic, we weighed the question: Is Jonathan Alter joking? The question arose not on the basis of Alter's character--we've met him, and he strikes us as very earnest, an unlikely prankster--but because his latest Daily Beast piece is so outlandish. The headline is "The United States Needs Corporate 'Loyalty Oaths.' "

Although as a matter of pure logic one cannot rule out the possibility of a very elaborate deadpan charade, the balance of evidence--namely his Twitter feed--suggests he's serious. Taken at face value, every Alter tweet about the piece is entirely unironic, especially this one: "I'm afraid headline made people react viscerally rather than read piece."

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