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Dispatches From the Culture Wars - July 31, 2018

Watching the Poor; Centrists in Search of a Majority; Justifying Nativism; Nice Terrorists; Forget and Forgive; One In, Two Out

New U.S. citizen Mosammat Rasheda Akter, originally from Bangladesh, holds her 7-month-old daughter, Fahmida, as she recites the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library on July 3 in New York City.,Drew Angerer/Getty Images


Privatizing Poverty

By Kim Phillips-Fein

July 2018

The Baffler

The poor are trapped within a social panopticon that permits and feeds on their constant observation.


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There Is No Silent Centrist Majority

By Sarah Jones

July 24, 2018

The New Republic

The base of the Democratic Party is much further to the left than moderates recognize.


Michael Anton’s Op-Ed on Ending Birthright Citizenship Is Racist, Ahistorical Gobbledygook

By Mark Joseph Stern

July 19, 2018


Anton’s op-ed is disingenuous and flat-out wrong.

Why Trump’s Hawks Back the MEK Terrorist Cult

By Trita Parsi

July 20, 2018

New York Review of Books

The MEK pays tens of thousands of dollars in speaking fees to US officials. Bolton, in particular, is a long-time paid supporter of the MEK.

By Megan Garber

July 26, 2018

The Atlantic

Americans are constantly being asked—and constantly being primed—to forget.

By Susan Svrluga

July 30, 2018

Washington Post

Two leading historians resigned Monday from the University of Virginia’s Miller Center to protest the appointment of a former Trump administration official to a senior fellowship.