The ‘work ethic’ can be unethical (part 1)

You should always work hard and do your best. This is a moral obligation. That seems reasonable. Who doesn’t think that working harder is better than slacking off? And who could possibly quarrel with something as uncontroversially wholesome as “always do your best”? But it’s misleading —
and morally wrong — in at least two ways. [Read more…]

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Trump and Erdogan and ‘a certain kind of consent’

It’s overwhelming. And that’s the dangerous thing. We’re at risk of being overwhelmed. We freeze up, paralyzed, waiting for the next shoe to drop, even as it’s raining shoes. We can be so transfixed by the spectacle of Trump’s implosion that we become spectators — sitting and watching instead of acting, now, to stop him. [Read more…]

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Sanctions against sanctuary cities should not be sanctioned

It’s a bit odd to be writing about this right after President Trump’s audaciously Nixonian firing of the FBI director — the third time this president has fired an official currently in charge of an investigation into the possible criminal activities of this president. But there’s a common thread here: White nationalist hegemony is incompatible with constitutional democracy. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” [Read more…]

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No, they’re not going to see *this* coming

Town hall meetings, public forums, letters, phone calls, etc., are only a starting point. Just as this legislation audaciously exceeds almost anything we’ve ever seen in terms of its harm and its malice, so too must our response exceed almost anything we’ve ever seen or done before. It’s time to read up on ACT UP. [Read more…]

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Trump requests extension for tax reform plan

The Trump administration today released a slap-dash, vague, one-page document on the subject of “Tax Reform.” It offers little in the way of details, just a series of somewhat-connected bullet-points relating to this general theme. This is not a plan or a proposal, but a wish-list of the various — and often contradictory — ingredients that Trump’s various advisers might want to see should such a plan or proposal ever get written. But, hey, if a loosely related series of bullet points is good enough for the White House, then it’s good enough for me. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.” [Read more…]

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Postcards from the class & culture wars (4.13.17)

“Yes, the strong gets more while the weak ones fade. Empty pockets don’t ever make the grade. Mama may have, Papa may have, But God bless the child that’s got his own.” [Read more…]

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