Smart people saying smart things (12.26)

Charles Dickens on the poor of London; Kelly J. Baker on “nice, decent folks;” Katherine Franke on the default assumptions of default identity politics; Ijeoma Oluo on the least we can do; and President Barack Obama being as Niebuhrian as the Serenity Prayer. [Read more…]

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Will we have overtime four years from now?

It will happen this way, slowly and quietly at first, then faster and louder, and then it will be done. [Read more…]

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Life is not a game of musical chairs

“”OK, kids, here’s a fun little game where we train you to be monstrous contenders in a Hobbesian war of all against all. With music! Life is zero-sum, kiddies. Remember that your happiness derives from others’ loss, and others’ happiness means less for you! You are ultimately, and always, utterly alone.” [Read more…]

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Deny them the use of ‘we’

And so, after the uncertain trumpet of election day, it is more important than ever to deny them that “we” — that vast and inclusive plural — everywhere else. All the time. In person. At work. At the store. Online. Everywhere. Deny them the illusion of unanimity. Deny them your consent. Do not allow them to mistake silence for agreement. [Read more…]

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White evangelicalism is white nationalism.

White evangelicalism yesterday performed the purpose for which it was designed: It elected a white nationalist as president. This was not the end of white evangelicalism, but the culmination of its purpose, its origin, its intent. White evangelicalism IS white nationalism. This is what it is, and always has been, for. [Read more…]

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The day after

“Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is on the point of death, for I have not found your works perfect in the sight of my God. Remember then what you received and heard; obey it, and repent.” [Read more…]

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The Sunday before Election Day

I attended Sunday services at a white evangelical mega-church in our closely watched swing-state county. Most of the service made no mention of the election just a few hours away. But then, tacked on the end, just after the closing hymn, the pastor and his congregation rushed through an obligatory reminder of the importance of voting because if the wrong side wins they’ll lose their freedom to worship, have their Bibles confiscated, and be rounded up in FEMA camps for real, true Christians. It was simultaneously extreme and insincere — and thus strangely appropriate for 2016. [Read more…]

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Confederate flag-waving Trump supporter suspected in cop killings

There hasn’t been a massive national freak-out over the ambush killings of two Iowa police officers. This is because the suspect is a white guy. He’s really, really white — a Trump supporter who was angry with police after he was kicked out of a high school football game for waving a Confederate flag. [Read more…]

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