The smug style in American liberalism
Very interesting article, I try not to fall into the trap of knowing
and take the time to learn about something before discussing it, but I can definitely see times when I've been smug or when my understanding has been too shallow. This article is a good wake up call, to be a better person when discussing divisive issues by understanding why others might feel that way.
"Abandoned and without any party willing to champion their interests, people cling to candidates who, at the very least, are willing to represent their moral convictions. The smug style resents them for it, and they resent the smug in turn."
Trying to Get Right
A piece about drug addiction treatment and the policies surrounding it in some American states, an insight into the struggles faced by doctors and patients.
"Reach asks to see his arm, to look for tracks. Again, the boy hesitates. He sort of curls in on himself in shame. Reach rolls up his shirtsleeves and points to the scarring from his forearm up to his bicep. “Can’t be this bad,” he says. The boy’s face changes. He rolls up his own shirtsleeve and now they’re comparing."
Should We Get Used to Mass Shootings?
A reporter (who reported on Columbine in the 90s) follows the story of mass shootings over a 10 day period in America. Heartbreaking. Contains interviews with various people, including the father who lost his son in the Sandy Hook shooting.
"Ten days, 14 reasons, from terrorism to protest, suicidal nihilism to revenge, Old Testament plotlines included, replete with angry loners, half-wits, gangbangers, and normal people snapping, practicing their right to free speech with a gun. You get an eye-for-an-eye, and in this case it looks like more than 100 with shot-up bodies of varying severity (this one unable to use her hand; this one partially paralyzed; this one with a bullet in his groin), and 27 funerals. Times those ten days by 36—there's your rough year, America."
The Best Welfare Reform: Give Poor People Cash
"When governments give people in-kind support like food, it frequently costs more to deliver that support than it would to distribute cash—and for the same or even a lesser impact." [...] "But is it time to revive the idea—not only in America, but around the world? As a tool to encourage consumption and investment, it should appeal to bleeding hearts and the up-by-the-bootstraps crowd alike."