Dispatches From the Culture Wars - August 31, 2021
- COVID and Personal Responsibility
- What’s Cooking in Republican Minds
- Next Year’s Conservative Poster Boy
- Anti-Trafficking and Sex Workers’ Rights
- The Costs of Kentucky’s Opioid War
- Don’t Post That Meme
- Space Balls
- How Lunch Hurts Schoolchildren
- 21st Century Gossip
- SCOTUS Crosses a Line
By Colin Leys
By Greg Sargent
The Washington Post
GOP Governors Abbott and DeSantis declare that covid-bearing migrants are crossing our border en masse. This has been widely debunked, but the story is what matters: covid and migrants as joint infestation.
By Barbara S. Held
New York Daily News
By Lydia Caradonna
Survivors of trafficking were frequently held up as natural opponents of sex workers’ rights, and decriminalisation was tarred as a selfish pursuit that would also decriminalise trafficking. Neither of these things were true.
By Tarence Ray
Contradictory attitudes toward drug use lay bare a reality: drug use has no intrinsic meaning but is instead a social relation. We ascribe meaning onto it based on the political and economic realities of our times.
By Tony Norman
By Mark O’Connell
London Review of Books
The overwhelming effect of watching Bezos and Branson go to space is a sense of triviality. There is no sense of mission here, and barely any sense of occasion, beyond the personal fulfilment of those involved.
By Sarah Jones
New York Magazine
A school board in Wisconsin opted out of a federal program that would give free meals to all students. The assistant superintendent for business services worried that there would be a “slow addiction” to the free meals.
By Marco D’Eramo
New Left Review
By Ian Millhiser
The Court’s decision on Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy upends decades of precedent warning that judges shouldn’t mess with foreign affairs.