Tag: Magazine

Defund Social Workers

If social workers are by and large earnest, gentle, well-intentioned individuals, they are also unavoidably narcs. In their defense, mandated reporters go through trainings that usually focus on how and when to make a call, not what happens after. Trainings are often “vague,” said Joyce McMillan, the founder of JMacForFamilies, whose children were removed from […]

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Stephen Miller Spent the Trump Years Testing the Bounds of Executive Authority. Now He’s Testing the Legal System.

In addition to America First Legal, CPI last year spawned the Center for Renewing America, another culture-war group, headed by Russ Vought, former director of Trump’s Office of Management and Budget, and the Election Integrity Network, chaired by Cleta Mitchell, who was on the famous phone call where Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad […]

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Will the Next Pandemic Start With Chickens?

No one I asked, however—not Murphey, not the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, not Lincoln Premium Poultry—said they were aware of a second problem that Lanc had observed: manure being loaded onto trucks at one of the Gallus-owned barns near his house, within the control area, another act that should have required permits. (Lanc had notified […]

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Is This When Democrats Finally Learn How to Message?

Add to that the concurring opinion of Clarence Thomas, who wrote that the court “should reconsider” other decisions—including the decriminalization of same-sex relationships; the right to gay marriage; and 1965’s Griswold v. Connecticut, which held that married couples have a right to contraception. The two major parties “do not operate as simple mirror images,” the […]

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Why Isn’t Everybody Rich Yet?

The good times for the North Atlantic nations ended in the 1970s, through a combination of oil shocks, out-of-control inflation, falling productivity, and deceleration of economic growth. By the end of that decade, manufacturing was shifting decisively to Southeast Asia, creating competition for the United States and Europe. In his influential 1975 book, Equality and […]

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Free the Internet

Meanwhile, the same companies that bolster predatory inclusion also play host to explicitly racist and sexist material, because of the ways that algorithms reflect human biases, and because of the innovative and well-funded efforts of right-wing activists to game search engine results and exploit online advertising. In the attention economy, it doesn’t necessarily behoove companies […]

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The Pandemic Made the “Viral Underclass” Impossible to Ignore

Cecilia’s reservations made Thrasher think of “a less dramatic experience” he’d had at the doctor’s office himself. When he had to get a testicular sonogram at 41, referred by his university health center, the receptionist had laughed at him, saying, “You just don’t look like what I was expecting. I was expecting someone younger.” He […]

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Economics, Democracy, and Freedom: It’s All One Argument

He was a malignant force in many ways. But I admit that he came up with a great way to open a book. Friedman is no cagey welterweight feeling the opponent out in round one. He’s a heavyweight who comes out swinging right at the opening bell. This is not about economics, he wrote. It’s […]

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Vladimir Sorokin and Dissident Novelist Problem

Early in Telluria, a European visitor describes the new state of Moscovia, where potato pulp is the automotive fuel of the masses, the air has a “cloying and musty taste that spreads all through the city,” and “enlightened theocratocommunofeudalism” rules the day. Rather than moving beyond the pathologies of Russian political tradition, the new states […]

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Vladimir Sorokin and the Dissident Novelist Problem

Early in Telluria, a European visitor describes the new state of Moscovia, where potato pulp is the automotive fuel of the masses, the air has a “cloying and musty taste that spreads all through the city,” and “enlightened theocratocommunofeudalism” rules the day. Rather than moving beyond the pathologies of Russian political tradition, the new states […]

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The Last Days of Sigmund Freud

Sigismund Shlomo Freud was born in the town of Freiberg, now Příbor, Czechia, in 1856, to a petit bourgeois family. His first years were spent in Moravia, a province of an empire that no longer exists. That polity, the Austrian Empire, was atypical for its era, and can seem stranger still to us today. First […]

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There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Scammy Nonprofit

While Charity Navigator initially placed an advisory on QL+, noting the allegations in the Los Angeles Times, it removed any mention of the scandal, following communication between the two parties and what a Charity Navigator official described as proof of “corrective action.” In internal emails, the QL+ leader also expressed a need to focus on […]

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The Justice Who Wanted the Supreme Court to Get Out of the Way

From early on, Frankfurter identified active government as the solution to the social problems of the industrializing age. Courts, by contrast, loomed as the great threat. From early on, Frankfurter identified active government as the solution to the social problems of the industrializing age. Courts, by contrast, loomed as the great threat. In 1905, when […]

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Amazon’s Global Quest to Crush Unions

The “Amazon Way” manifests differently country to country. In Sweden, the company uses third-party workers; in France and Italy, collective bargaining is predominantly sectoral, and Amazon chooses to identify itself with the sector that pays the least. In France, for example, it tried to designate itself as a small business, or, as Hoffman put it, […]

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How Britain Built an Empire of Fraud

The story of Britain’s transformation into an oligarch’s paradise has its origins in the country’s earlier decline. Once upon a time, English banking and broking prided itself on its integrity. Bullough describes a system before the 1950s in which “financial institutions were largely guided by gentle pressure toward doing the ‘right thing,’” with no need […]

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How Red States Use Regressive Grocery Taxes to Feed the Rich

Advocates at Alabama Arise have pushed a cap on the FIT deduction as the way to raise the revenue needed to repeal the grocery tax. But it’s generally been difficult to sway conservatives to support any tax increase. Still, Gundlach said, this past session was the closest the campaign had gotten in more than a […]

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