Actually the tone of the article is shrill and alarmist; I (and you too, probably) can think of writers who would have made the same point in a more measured way. It's not impossible to imagine that the WSJ published this version of these ideas simply to confirm some of its readers' presuppositions. But the fact that they published it at all... is pretty striking.
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