Content Warning: Mentions of suicide, sexual harassment and assault; discussion of racism and sexism. Language is shifting all around us, every day, whether we notice it or not. Just last year, Merriam-Webster added “petrichor,” “swole” and “stan” to its dictionary. So it should be no surprise that, even in just
In my last column, I discussed the rhetoric surrounding the Texas freeze, the relief going to Texas and Republican arguments about relief and redistributive government programs in general. I showed how the moral arguments of personal responsibility and pulling oneself up by the bootstraps are self-defeating and lead to stagnation.
On Feb. 13, a massive winter storm brewed in the Pacific Northwest. Two days later, it had crashed down across the Midwest and Southeast and left millions of Texans without power, freezing in their poorly insulated homes. The very next day, amid Republicans’ attempt to blame green energy rather than
Black Lives Matter. One might see such a statement as uncontroversial. People’s lives matter. Black people are people. Therefore Black Lives Matter. It’s the simplest kind of argument you could make — a deduction following from two premises. And yet, the American justice system routinely devalues Black lives. Black