Word of the day: obviate
Unsupported by evidence, people
Word of the day: baseless
Some things shouldn’t stand
I’m getting angry. Might feed that.
Maybe we change the present, to have a better future, by dissolving the past
Word of the day: underpinnings
I’m going to have to redefine “liberal” and “conservative” for myself
That’s why the internet and especially Twitter are the worst places for this, because you don’t have relationships and people are trying to show how smart they are. They’re trying to show how devoted they are to their team. So the kind of political engagement, the kind of public square that we get from social media, is generally terrible.
Obvious, I know, but the article linked below offers some insight on just why this is and provides hope for being able to come together as Americans to move forward, together, to get out of the messes currently before us.
Jonathan Haidt on the Pandemic and America’s Polarization – The Atlantic
South Korea’s response is astounding and depressing to me as an American
In April, South Korea lost a total of 85 souls to COVID-19, while the U.S. lost 62,000—an average of 85 deaths every hour.
What’s Behind South Korea’s COVID-19 Exceptionalism? – The Atlantic
Economic impact of social distancing: long-term thinking wins
The study, which analyzed 43 cities, found that the areas that moved more aggressively to limit activities and physical interactions among the public had more economic growth following the 1918 pandemic.
Aggressive Social Distancing Now Is Good For The Economy Later, Study Finds – WBUR
I really picked the wrong four years of my life to finally pay attention to politics.
Is today still September 12?
As we go through an indeterminate period of time separated from the normal rhythm of our lives, Americans are going to be forced to consider what’s most important to them. The answer, so far, appears to be family, community, and a sense of decency—whether it’s in the heroism of health-care workers or in the video that your friend shared of some random act of kindness. Our politics and government should reflect that decency in the priorities we set at home and the actions we take abroad.
9/11 No Longer Defines Our World – The Atlantic
Word of the day: rigorous