Category Archives: Politics

Links and Comments 12 April 21

Anti-vaxxers and Stop the Steal; Historical animus against Italians, and Irish; Racial replacement theory; Conservatives against democracy.

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Passages: How the World Works

My favorite news magazine, The Week, is celebrating 20 years of publication with its current April 16th issue, which has retrospectives of cover images, editorial essays, and so on. Here’s one of the latter, by editor-in-chief William Falk.

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Links and Comments: Owning Libs and Tyrannical Government Plots

Republican values and principles; enduring human nature.

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Links and Comments: About Gun Violence

I’m narrowing in on a Provisional Conclusion that most people live their daily lives without any perspective or context about what happens in the outer world. (And, for many issues, that’s just fine. But not for all issues.) Thus, Americans … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Confessed Liars, Their Targets, Right-Wing Political Spin

Confessed liars Sidney Powell (and Tucker Carlson); gullibility for conspiracy theories; Right-wing misinformation campaigns.

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Links and Comments: New Religions

QAnon as white supremacy plus evangelicals; how fading religious identities transfer allegiances to politics.

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Links and Comments: Things Change, 1

Will MAGA panic subside with an old white man back in the presidency? How American political parties have disintegrated in the past, and the Republican party may now be doing. How Britain has become the dumbest society in the world, … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Alternate Realities

Marjorie Taylor Greene, evangelical minds, selective science, denying the truth.

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Link and Quotes: Harari on the Pandemic

Financial Times: Yuval Noah Harari on Lessons from a year of Covid, Feb 25th. How can we summarise the Covid year from a broad historical perspective? Many people believe that the terrible toll coronavirus has taken demonstrates humanity’s helplessness in … Continue reading

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Link and Comments: How to Change the Minds of People Who Are Wrong

NYT, 3 March, Nicholas Kistoff: How to Reach People Who Are Wrong, subtitled, In the post-Trump era, research suggests the best ways to win people over. A fine essay, that keys off Adam Grant’s new book THINK AGAIN, which I … Continue reading

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