Honestly acknowledging trade-offs is what makes for serious governing. A key difference between policy activists and policy analysts is that the former either severely minimize the existence of trade-offs or ignore them completely.
If the idea of freedom bound Camus and Sartre philosophically, then the fight for justice united them politically. They were committed to confronting and curing injustice, and, in their eyes, no group of people was more unjustly treated than the workers, the proletariat. Camus and Sartre thought of them as shackled to their labour and shorn of their humanity. In order to free them, new political systems must be constructed.
Camus is one of my favorite authors and thinkers. I highly recommend his work.
Lots of fascinating and encouraging news here. This bit in particular:
The numbers on two cruise ships were especially striking. In the Diamond Princess, where masks weren’t used and the virus was likely to have roamed free, 47 percent of those tested were asymptomatic. But in the Antarctic-bound Argentine cruise ship, where an outbreak hit in mid-March and surgical masks were given to all passengers and N95 masks to the crew, 81 percent were asymptomatic.
Why? Because today, digital media outlets are still shaping stories to create conflict, and mainstream media outlets still lean on social media feeds as tip lines.
These practices hurt all of us. And they will continue to hurt all of us until we grapple with what digital media has become, what role it plays in our political imagination, and why we are so unwilling to put our responsibility to be informed citizens ahead of the pleasure and excitement of being political junkies.
It’s possible, of course, that Joe Biden will win by a margin so large that Florida will be called for him early. Barring that, it’s tempting to say responsible voices should keep their mouths shut and switch over for a few days to Floor Is Lava, and give the nice local volunteers time to count the votes. That, however, would just cede the conversation to the least responsible, and conspiratorial, voices
And the same is true for Fox, CNN, and any other broadcast news channel. I stopped watching the news years ago when I realized it wasn't news- most of what was covered was meant to drive my blood pressure up but didn't matter in a week or a month.
I would pay to have access to a calm, no yelling, lots of facts, some debate - boring in comparison, news channel.
There should be a class required for every teaching degree that just goes through myths like these and other common but wrong education myths. I love teachers, I worked with them for years as an educator. But the effort placed into implementing pure pseudo science could be much better used.
The theory is partly a hangover from 2016. It’s true that pollsters undercounted Trump voters in that election. But it’s a huge jump to think it was because SMAGA (Secret Make America Great Again) voters were refusing to state their preference. A postmortem by the polling industry went looking for significant numbers of SMAGAs and came up empty.
There aren't SMAGA voters, but don't anyone get cocky - everyone should vote.
I read this article in 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 - it never turns out. It's true that our nation is very divided, and we aren't sharing facts or reality - but the vast majority of people, the military, the federal bureaucracy, the judges, will never support a president staying too long. There is a zero percent chance that Thomas would swear in Trump if the election were still in question.
There is also a small chance Fox News would call the election too early. The fox news reporting/hard news side is very different from their opinion side. Hannity and Tucker Carlson and whoever else is slotted in there now will call the election an hour in, but the Chris Wallace and Bret Baier team wont do it.
On the bright side, none of this seems necessary as of now. Biden is up by considerable margins nationally, but more importantly for the electoral college he is up quite a bit in the swing states. He is up above 8% in NC, Michigan, PA, Minnesota, and up 7% in Ohio and I think more than 10% up in Florida. Florida! I'm hoping come November this will be a total non issue.
Shout out to pre-Corona life. I wonder how quickly this will return to being a thing after all this ends? I think for at least a month after the vaccine everyone will want to go everywhere and try everything just to escape the months of confinement.
Interesting. I don't think the author is arguing about the reality of white fragility at all, but offering an explanation of why it is embraced in some corners.
Then, having run this gantlet, our meritocrats graduate into a big-city ecosystem where the price of adult goods like schools and housing has been bid up dramatically, while important cultural industries — especially academia and journalism — supply fewer jobs even in good economic times. And they live half in these crowded, over-competitive worlds and half on the internet, which has extended the competition for status almost infinitely and weakened some of the normal ways that local prestige might compensate for disappointing income.
One possible take away: views of sexuality have always been fluid.
Fascinating. I've read the Divine Comedy once in college (although I read Inferno while I was in high school as well). It is always fascinating. It's no wonder some scholars devote their entire careers to the work.
And maybe it’s worth pointing out that “conservative” in my case means that I have passionately opposed Donald J. Trump and pioneered marriage equality, that I support legalized drugs, criminal-justice reform, more redistribution of wealth, aggressive action against climate change, police reform, a realist foreign policy, and laws to protect transgender people from discrimination. I was one of the first journalists in established media to come out. I was a major and early supporter of Barack Obama. I intend to vote for Biden in November.