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Fierce

Laura Kipnis reviews Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back by Gretchen Carlson.

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Aggression

Why Sexual Aggression Is About Both Sex and Power by Gregg Henriques.

Both power and sex play a role in sexual aggression.

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Dereliction

Chicago’s Debt Dereliction by Nicole Gelinas.

The Windy City is using complex bonds to delay a financial reckoning and avoid cleaning up its fiscal mess.

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Criminologists

When Ex-convicts Become Criminologists by Lucas Laursen.

Through their own hard-earned insights, prisoners turned academics aim to reform how convicts and criminology are studied.

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Fraud

Elizabeth Warren, Progressive Fraud by David French.

The desire to lionize those Donald Trump attacks shouldn’t blind anyone to the great Warren con.

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Bloch

Our Secular Theodicy by Matthew Rose.

I live in Berkeley, one of the most religious cities in America. Its churches are being converted into mosques and Buddhist temples, but its one true faith endures. A popular yard sign states its creed: “In This House, We Believe: Black Lives Matter, Women’s Rights are Human Rights, No Human is Illegal, Science is Real, Love is Love, and Kindness is Everything.” The sign is both profession and prophecy. Like the biblical Joshua whose promise it echoes (“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”), my neighbors are in a holy vanguard. They have seen the future America, have identified its present enemies, and are leading us into a promised land.

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Misuse

The Postmodern Misuse of Tolerance by Alexis Carre.

Tolerance is central to the structure of the liberal democratic tradition, and traceable to its inception. If a change has occurred regarding its place in our moral universe, it is the sharp increase in the intensity with which it is invoked as a motivating principle by political leaders, social activists, and citizens. We might be tempted to rejoice in this development as testament to the good health of our institutions if, at the same time, other liberal values that used to be inseparable from tolerance were not being undermined. But this divergence indicates that people increasingly rely upon tolerance because other Enlightenment values such as reason, equality, and liberty have lost the power to inspire.

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Tragedy

The Tragedy of Liberalism by Patrick J. Deneen.

America is a nation in deep agreement and common belief. The proof lies, somewhat paradoxically, in the often tempestuous and increasingly acrimonious debate between the two main US political parties. The widening divide represented by this debate has, for many of us, defined the scope of our political views and the resultant differences for at least the past one hundred years. But even as we do tense and bruising battle, a deeper form of philosophical agreement reigns. As described by Louis Hartz in his 1955 book The Liberal Tradition in America, the nature of our debates themselves is defined within the framework of liberalism. That framework has seemingly expanded, but it is nonetheless bounded, in as much as the political debates of our time have pitted one variant of liberalism against another, which were given the labels “conservatism” and “liberalism” but which are better categorized as “classical liberalism” and “progressive liberalism.” While we have focused our attention on the growing differences between “classical” and “progressive,” we have been largely inattentive to the unifying nature of their shared liberalism.

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Ghost

The Ghost of Matt Lauer by Megan Garber.

Why the departure of the longtime “Today Show” host—who was abruptly fired by NBC after an allegation of sexual impropriety—represents much more than a casting change.

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Political Science

The Politics of Science: Why Scientists Might Not Say What the Evidence Supports by Jonny Anomaly.

Suppose a scientist makes a bold claim that turns out to be true. How confident are you that this claim would become widely accepted?

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Trouble

The Trouble With Scientists by Philip Ball.

How one psychologist is tackling human biases in science.

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Politicized

Campus Counsellors and the Politicization of Sexual Assault by Irene Ogrizek.

A few years ago, a student came to my office in tears. Earlier in the day she’d stood in the doorway of the computer lab, telling me she didn’t think she would make it through class. Her face had been swollen and tear-stained. She was a confident young woman, so her appearance surprised me. When I expressed concern, she said she would drop by my office later. It was the last day of the spring semester.

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Moderate

What It Takes To Make Saudi Islam ‘Moderate’ by Sigal Samuel.

Can you curb religious fundamentalism by “eliminating fake and extremist texts”?

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Fire

Roy Moore and the Fire This Time by Michael Walsh.

The media, in the form of the Baby Boomers who have reached its highest echelons and have controlled it for the past quarter century, sold its soul to the Democrat party — first to George McGovern, then (briefly) to Jimmy Carter, and finally and fatally to Bill (but not Hillary) Clinton and Barack Obama. Whereas old-school reporters and editors abjured involvement in politics, they embraced it. Whereas once a reporter left to become a public-relations flack or, worse, to work for a politician, he was finished as a journalist, the Boomers celebrated such experience as a resume builder. In short order, a revolving door appeared, connecting the newsrooms of Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the television networks to the corridors of political power.

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Consent

Consent is Not Enough: Harvey Weinstein, Sex, and Human Flourishing by Angela Franks.

What Harvey Weinstein is accused of is wrong not only because the victims did not consent but also and more importantly because of what he chose. Sex expresses self-gift, which is why it is such a violation when something that should only be a free gift is stolen by force.

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Stress

When Is Stress Good for You? by Bruce McEwen.

The subtle flows and toxic hits of stress get under the skin, making and breaking the body and brain over a lifetime.

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Palestinians?

When Was the “Palestinian People” Created? Google Has the Answer by Jean Patrick Grumberg.

All people born in British Mandatory Palestine between 1923-1948 (today’s Israel) had “Palestine” stamped on their passports at the time. But when they were called Palestinians, the Arabs were offended. They complained: “We are not Palestinians, we are Arabs. The Palestinians are the Jews”.

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Myth

Scientific Proof Is A Myth by Ethan Siegel.

You’ve heard of our greatest scientific theories: the theory of evolution, the Big Bang theory, the theory of gravity. You’ve also heard of the concept of a proof, and the claims that certain pieces of evidence prove the validities of these theories. Fossils, genetic inheritance, and DNA prove the theory of evolution. The Hubble expansion of the Universe, the evolution of stars, galaxies, and heavy elements, and the existence of the cosmic microwave background prove the Big Bang theory. And falling objects, GPS clocks, planetary motion, and the deflection of starlight prove the theory of gravity.

Except that’s a complete lie. While they provide very strong evidence for those theories, they aren’t proof. In fact, when it comes to science, proving anything is an impossibility.

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Fire

What Blaise Pascal Saw In A November Night Of Fire That Inaugurated A Year Of Grace by Midge Fusselman.

Had the sickly mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal been expected to shift for himself more, would he have burned as brilliantly? Perhaps. But then again, perhaps not.

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The Way

The Christian Way: A statement by Evangelicals and Catholics Together. See here.