Robert Smith, a billionaire philanthropist, surprised Morehouse College graduates at commencement on Sunday morning by announcing he would pay off their student loans.
Yoni AppelbaumCongratulations to the Morehouse class of 2019 on their future as one of the most-studied natural experiments in higher education. (And to their classmates in the control groups of 2018 and 2020.)
Thousands of soldiers have successfully led combat units without committing atrocities. Pardoning war crimes dishonors them.
Yoni Appelbaum"What message does it send…when civilians loudly call for the pardon of men and women who were punished for disobeying the laws and other orders their commanders ordered them to follow? What other orders, upon civilian review, are optional?”
Slow-walking or flat-out disobeying Trump’s fleeting obsessions has become common practice across various sectors of government.
Yoni AppelbaumWhatever you think of the particular policies at issue in this astonishing piece of reporting by @elainaplott, it should be deeply disquieting to see a president’s directives routinely ignored
The Ronald Sullivan affair is about everything—and nothing.
Yoni Appelbaum“The Sullivan affair is illustrative of how these episodes, which are so fraught with cultural meaning, end up contributing next to nothing about the underlying issues that everyone desperately wants them to illuminate,” argues @gcaw
I assumed that, after the Holocaust, the world recognized where anti-Semitic rhetoric can lead. I was wrong.
Yoni Appelbaum"In my neighborhood, there are a number of synagogues and churches. The church doors are open, welcoming all. The synagogues have armed guards, fences, door codes, and people who will stop strangers as they enter,” writes @deborahlipstadt
The attorney general’s performance has been catastrophic.
Yoni Appelbaum"Not in my memory has a sitting attorney general more diminished the credibility of his department on any subject.” You’ll want to read every word of @benjaminwittes’s unsparing evaluation of Bill Barr
I made a vow to teach myself Irish, the language my mother struggled to learn, so that my daughters may learn it too.
Yoni AppelbaumOne of my heuristics for navigating stacks of books is to skip those in epistolary format—but @michaelbd’s lovely new book is the rare exception. In this excerpt, he writes about learning Irish
Yoni Appelbaum"For me, this is the hardest part of learning a language. The humiliation of being a child again.” @michaelbd ’s book is so honest, and so good.
But which way the nation is headed remains a fiercely contested question.
Yoni AppelbaumCharlotteville was a turning point for the country—but whether toward the normalization of anti-Semitism or its suppression remains to be seen. A painfully smart piece from @GrahamDavidA