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Maurile Tremblay

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  1. Here's another tip: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Current_events It's a good way to get the basic news of the day (with an international focus) without any click-baity headlines.
  2. Reparations will never gain widespread support, so the discussion is hypothetical in that context. But what you wrote applies just the same to affirmative action, which is not hypothetical.
  3. Stockton’s Basic-Income Experiment Pays Off A new study of the city’s program that sent cash to struggling individuals finds dramatic changes. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/03/stocktons-basic-income-experiment-pays-off/618174/
  4. Why QAnon Has Attracted So Many White Evangelicals https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-qanon-has-attracted-so-many-white-evangelicals/
  5. The mark of cancel culture, in my view, is that the criticism leading to cancelation is motivated (usually subconsciously) by jockeying for status. If being woke is good, being more woke is better, and the way to show off your level of wokeness is by expanding the range of things you can artfully diagnose as being oppressively offensive. The same psychological dynamic is present among, for example, religious fundamentalists -- there's a sort of contest to see who can most strongly signal loyalty to the in-group by believing transparently crazy things. When you believe something
  6. I think it's an example of cancel culture. When actors refuse to work with him, producers choose not to distribute his movie, and book publishers cut ties with him, the sense I get from their statements about it seems to be a lot less "I've personally reviewed the evidence and find him likely to be guilty on the merits" than "Mia Farrow is higher-status than the pale little creepy guy, so I'm affiliating with her side."
  7. This interview with David Shor is worth your time: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/03/david-shor-2020-democrats-autopsy-hispanic-vote-midterms-trump-gop.html It's packed full of good insights. On (white) Democrats contributing to increased ideological polarization (driving conservative blacks and Hispanics to vote Republican): "Over the last four years, white liberals have become a larger and larger share of the Democratic Party. There’s a narrative on the left that the Democrats’ growing reliance on college-educated whites is pulling the party to the right (Matt Karp
  8. Woody Allen has been canceled, so can we talk about him in here? I read his newest book a while ago. He spends a chapter explaining why the sexual abuse charges are malarky. He was pretty persuasive. I haven't watched any of the current HBO mini-series. I haven't read whatever the strongest anti-Allen argument that's been published is. I looked at the Wikipedia entry for the abuse allegations thinking that maybe there'd be stuff that contradicted Allen's book or otherwise added important new information that would change my mind, but there wasn't. I don't believe that Dylan
  9. For most of the past four years, I've subscribed to both the New York Times and the Washington Post. (And to The Atlantic, but I don't really consider that to be news, for the most part.) As part of a general effort to read more things with staying power (e.g., books) rather than things that won't matter so much a month later, I've unsubscribed from both newspapers recently. The New York Times is hard to unsubscribe from. For that reason alone, I will never subscribe to them again. If you can sign up via their webpage, you should be able to cancel a subscription via their webpage. Yo
  10. Update: House Cancels Thursday Session After Security Agencies Cite Risk of New Violence
  11. On the whole, I vote for the original version, fwiw.
  12. I'm not sure this is a good argument against a wealth tax. Right. @Sand mentioned money velocity above. From that standpoint, maybe forcing people to sell off some of their assets every year would be a good thing.
  13. If we're talking just about consumption, I think it's pretty much exactly a zero-sum game. If I consume something until it's used up, you can't also consume it (maybe with a small allowance for recycling?). If we add production to the mix, I agree that it's not zero sum. If I consume only what I produce, my existence as a whole doesn't reduce anyone else's consumption. But if we take my production for granted, my decision to buy and use a yacht does trade off against my ability to donate those same funds to a homeless shelter. What I do with those funds determines how certain limited
  14. I don't think any wealthy folks legally pay only $750 (except in weird years where they realize losses). Tax evasion is another issue, but it'd probably be harder to police with a wealth tax than with an income tax.
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