The terrorist attacks on mosques in New Zealand bring to mind Martin Luther King Jr.’s response to white-supremacist murders.
The Atlantic: Ideas"They say to us that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers.” @conor64 remembers Martin Luther King Jr.'s response to a white-supremacist attack
It was anti-Semitic then, and it’s anti-Semitic now.
The Atlantic: Ideas"Representative Omar is repeating some of the ugliest stereotypes about Jews ... She is casting Jewish Americans as the other, suggesting a dual loyalty that calls our devotion to America into question," argues @RahmEmanuel
If we are going to fund a Green New Deal, we need to acknowledge how the original actually worked.
The Atlantic: Ideas"What was the original New Deal about, again? Most kids are taught that it was a decidedly left-wing project ... But the high-school narrative is not quite right," argues @louishyman
His national-emergency declaration is setting a precedent that all Americans, but conservative Americans in particular, will long regret.
The Atlantic: Ideas"This is a moment of extreme national cowardice ... A precedent has been established that all Americans, but conservative Americans in particular, will long regret." @NoahCRothman on Trump's national-emergency declaration
I’m more willing to listen to those I once thought didn’t have much to teach me.
The Atlantic: Ideas"The main thing I’ve gained in unfastening myself from the GOP is critical distance and detachment ... One can see certain things from outside the silo that one cannot see within it," argues @Peter_Wehner.
Court stenographers often misunderstand Black English, and their mistakes could affect people’s lives at crucial junctures.
The Atlantic: Ideas"27 Philadelphia stenographers, presented with recordings of Black English grammatical patterns, made transcription errors on average in two out of every five sentences ... The Black English gap, as one might call it, matters." @JohnMcWhorter explains why
The public doesn’t want it. Congress won’t authorize it. So why is the Trump administration declaring it an option?
The Atlantic: Ideas"If the Trump administration unilaterally wages war in Venezuela, violating the separation of powers in the Constitution—a document that the president is sworn to protect and defend—the House should move to impeach the president," argues @conor64
The tradition has mutated into something bigger, dumber, and more dysfunctional than the Framers ever could have imagined.
The Atlantic: Ideas"Ours is an era in which pretty much everyone participates in pretty much every political discussion, pretty much all day, pretty much everywhere ... In such an environment, we need less pageantry, not more," argues @DanFosterType
It’s not how hard immigrants work that determines whether they are incorporated into the mainstream or consigned to the margins of American society.
The Atlantic: Ideas"The difficulty is that it’s not how hard one works at assimilation that determines whether one is incorporated into the mainstream or the margins of American society," argues @reihan
A 70 percent marginal tax rate might not be realistic—but that doesn’t matter.
The Atlantic: Ideas"Once you accept that voters are rationally irrational, you can’t help but change how you understand political competition." @shadihamid on why it doesn't matter that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 70 percent marginal tax is unrealistic
The internet once made it easier to slip from one domain to another. Is there a way to preserve that vital freedom?
The Atlantic: Ideas"This freedom to be different things in different spaces was enhanced by the early internet. Every subculture had its chat rooms. Far-flung people with niche interests could find one another ... Today’s internet is different," argues @conor64
The stability of working-class family life has eroded—and elite policy makers are partially to blame.
The Atlantic: Ideas"Declines in working-class marriage—and all the pathologies that have followed in their wake—cannot be divorced from policy and cultural choices that elites have made," argue @WilcoxNMP and @hamandcheese
The president, trapped without a decent exit in a predicament of his own making, will yield everything and get nothing.
The Atlantic: Ideas"Trump will cope by locking himself into the Fox News closed-feedback system of flattering disinformation, emerging only to emit enraged tweets pretending he won big ... But he will have lost. Lost humiliatingly," argues @davidfrum
According to our research, populist governments have deepened corruption, eroded individual rights, and inflicted serious damage on democratic institutions.
The Atlantic: Ideas"50 percent of populists either rewrote or amended their country’s constitution ... frequently with the aim of eliminating presidential term limits and reducing checks and balances on executive power." @Yascha_Mounk and @jkyleindc
The Massachusetts senator will deliver a speech on Thursday that demonstrates her differences with other progressives—particularly with respect to China.
The Atlantic: Ideas"She’s closer to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who tried to contain China and cooperate with it at the same time, than Sanders, who doesn’t describe it as a rival at all. If her vision is less radical, it may also be more realistic." @PeterBeinart
Only one of America’s major political parties relies on stoking hatred and fear against those outside its coalition.
The Atlantic: Ideas"Only one side of this divide remotely resembles a coalition based on ethnic and religious lines, and only one side has committed itself to a political strategy that relies on stoking hatred and fear of the other," argues @AdamSerwer
If the governor’s race had taken place in another country, the State Department would have questioned its legitimacy.
The Atlantic: Ideas"Under Kemp, Georgia purged more than 1.5 million voters from the rolls, eliminating 10.6 percent of voters from the state’s registered electorate from 2016 to 2018 alone," writes @ProfCAnderson
Academic recognition shouldn’t hinge on a scholar’s moral character.
The Atlantic: Ideas"Lots of people recognized for giving the world something of great value were bad people. What’s the point in denying their contributions to their field, perhaps the only good that they ever offered others?" asks @conor64
The authors of the Fourteenth Amendment were clear that the United States is one nation, with one class of citizens, and that citizenship extends to everyone born here.
The Atlantic: Ideas"If the administration attempts to strip citizenship from millions of Americans—millions of people who have never known any other country—the trapdoor to dictatorship will have fallen open," writes @Profepps