When we think of our identities as fixed and unchanging—I am this kind of person; I am not that kind of person—we’re shutting ourselves off from many of life’s possibilities.
Adrienne LaFrance"When we think of our identities as fixed and unchanging, we’re shutting ourselves off from many of life’s possibilities." The latest installment of How to Build a Life, by @arthurbrooks
If fever screens give us a false sense of security, they might be doing more harm than good.
Adrienne LaFrancePaging @jameshamblin! It's "sort of like spraying down the sides of buildings, showering football players in hand sanitizer, or deep cleaning an office carpet... [but] the spirit of mass temperature checks, as they’re currently being used, is punitive."
This is what the scramble to teach from home looks like.
Adrienne LaFranceNo wonder parents are losing it. They’re “trying to reinvent what effective education might look like under conditions unlike any in the past century. And then to implement it immediately.” Read @bplatzer
The electorate is split into separate information bubbles. But unconventional messengers, appeals to patriotism, and even jokes can reach voters who don’t want to listen.
Adrienne LaFrance“How is it possible to reach people who can’t hear you? This is not merely a question of how to convince people, how to use a better argument, or how to change minds. This is a question about how to get people to listen at all.”
His actions in U.S. v. Stone strike at the heart of the Aristotelian principle central to the rule of law, that we treat likes alike.
Adrienne LaFrance"To understand just how far Barr strayed from the rule of law, it is important to understand how federal sentencing should work—and does work in cases other than those of the president’s friends."
No matter what happens now, the virus will continue to circulate around the world.
Adrienne LaFranceVaccines exist for many viruses. But only one (smallpox) has ever been eradicated. It took 15 years of obsessive global coordination.
“We will probably be living with this virus for the rest of our lives.”
Brilliant, sobering, must-read @sarahzhang
A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees.
Adrienne LaFranceHow did it come to this? Read @edyong209’s just-published cover story. Revelatory work. This is one we’re going to be talking about for a long time.
Adrienne LaFranceSince March, we've made vital coverage of the pandemic available to all readers, even without a subscription. This extraordinary new @edyong209 cover story is part of that free collection.
It is time to stop pretending. Our children are staying home.
Adrienne LaFranceI spent the past several weeks talking to scientists, teachers, and doctors about school reopening plans—but in the last week it was like a switch flipped. It's time to stop pretending about school this fall.
A war-game exercise simulating the 2020 election unmasked some key vulnerabilities.
Adrienne LaFrancePresident Trump can't delay the election by himself. But there's plenty he could do on the way out, whenever that may be. @davidfrum took part in a war-game exercise with dozens of former elected officials, imagining how (very, very) bad it could be.