Dispatches From the Culture Wars – November 22, 2022
- No End to Threats on Democracy’s Life
- Ballot Initiative Wins Show Where the Left is Strong
- The Federalist Society and Abortion Rights
- Activists Turn to Monetary Policy
- Conservatives Drop the Ball
- AAPI Used and Abused
- Red State Roundup
- Antisemitism is Evergreen
- Every Election is a Climate Election
- Why Esmeralda Spaulding is Leaving Harvard
No End to Threats on Democracy’s Life
By Gabrielle Gurley
The American Prospect
The attack on Paul Pelosi validates the fears that Americans have about post-insurrection political violence sown by Trump and his supporters: election deniers, neo-Confederates, and other MAGA crazies. Republican political elites are prepared to treat future incidents with the same thoughts-and-prayers callousness showered on the victims and survivors of mass shootings.
Ballot Initiative Wins Show Where the Left is Strong
By Benjamin S. Case and Michael McQuarrie
In the midterms, ballot initiatives cut through partisan polarization to reveal majorities for higher wages, expanded health care access, and abortion rights. That’s why many state-level Republicans are attempting to undermine the ballot initiative process.
The Federalist Society and Abortion Rights
By Peter S. Canellos
In Dobbs, conservatives have constructed their own crucible. Now, the agendas of many Federalist Society members will have to pass the test that Roe, in the view of the Dobbs majority, did not — the one that Republican presidents also have invoked in debates over court appointments: whether a judge is interpreting the law or making it.
Activists Turn to Monetary Policy
By Pamela Haines
Determined to challenge the all-encompassing threat of private banks, a small group in Ohio is leading a campaign to put monetary reform on the national agenda.
Conservatives Drop the Ball
- Trump’s Bid By Joan E Greve, The Guardian
- Ticket Splitters By Lisa Kashinsky and Jessica Piper, Politico
- Evangelicals Are Pissed By Samaa Khullar, Salon
- Political Rhetoric Inflames Anti-Asian Scapegoating Stop AAPI Hate
- When Asian Americans Fight Against Affirmative Action By Rummana Hussain, Chicago Sun-Times
Red State Roundup
- Florida By Renzo Downey, Florida Politics
- Arizona By Lourdes Medrano, Yes!
- Texas By Evan Urquhart, Slate
Antisemitism is Evergreen
By John Ganz
Antisemitism has fundamentally always been an antidemocratic ideology with popular affectations: it attempts to poison and denigrate democratic society by portraying it as racially unclean and always secretly dominated by an occult interest.
Every Election is a Climate Election
By Tom Engelhardt
I find it all too unnerving that climate change didn’t make it into the midterms in any significant, or even discernible, fashion. Given how obvious and ominous our global situation already is, why did climate change not grip American voters the way abortion did? Why was the possibility of our planet becoming ever less livable not at the top of the list of issues in the 2022 midterms?
Why Esmeralda Spaulding is Leaving Harvard
By Paton D. Roberts and Eric Yan
The Harvard Crimson
Spalding described her proposal for an educational initiative called “Black Artist-Educators Decolonizing and Placemaking.” She wrote that she believes the program would help institutions and instructors “move beyond metaphorical commitments to decolonial education, Black and Native solidarity (respectively), and reparations.”