Dispatches From the Culture Wars - December 8, 2020
- Essential Workers: Heroes to Zeros
- Democratic Deniers Anonymous
- Health Officials Get Death Threats
- Woke Pope
- America’s Brand
- China Bashing As Default Mode
- The Far Right’s Victim Card
- Tear Down That Wall
- The Return of Subway Graffiti
Nearly a year into the pandemic and across every sector of essential work, it seems that employers have lost interest in lionizing the workers who have sacrificed so much for the sake of others.
By Sarah Jones
New York Magazine
Several elected officials chose to flout safety standards over the last few weeks of the pandemic. They know what the science says, and because they know, they’re able to convince themselves that they’re intelligent and savvy enough to safely flout the rules.
By Aaron Calvin
Advocating for simple, potentially lifesaving measures has become a politically significant act, working to inform the public means navigating conflicting regulatory bodies, and doing your job means making yourself publicly vulnerable to an endless stream of vitriol and even death threats.
Pope Francis is supporting demands for racial justice in the wake of the U.S. police killing of George Floyd and is blasting COVID-19 skeptics and media organizations that spread their conspiracies.
The U.S. has taken hits to its international reputation before. In the past four years, it’s taken a beating.
By Bianca Mugyenyi
There is a growing trend in Canada towards increased tolerance for anti-China rhetoric. It is time for progressives to stand up for an independent foreign policy and against attempts to escalate a new Cold War.
Fostering a sense of victimhood – of an embattled silent majority under attack from a fanatical left – is integral to the modus operandi of right-wing populism.
President-elect Joe Biden’s pledge to halt construction is a start, but activists say tearing down the barrier is ultimately what's needed.
By Jose Martinez
Subway taggers went on a weekend graffiti blitz, striking 24 cars on six lines — including an M train coated in “Alice in Wonderland”-like images of a white rabbit and a Mad Hatter.