Friday, October 06, 2017

Weekend Reading: Refusing to Give Up Edition

This week went by in a whirlwind, partly because of all the news and partly because of things in my own life (e.g., Petunia's actual birthday). I don't like it when there are no posts between two weekend reading posts, but that's just how it is sometimes.

This was a tough week, news-wise. By the end of yesterday, I was feeling overwhelmed with all the awfulness, and I'd actually been making an effort NOT to read about it all. For instance, I didn't read that BuzzFeed article about Breitbart, because I thought that might just push me over the edge into hating everyone.

So, it is a light links week, because I haven't been reading as much as usual, in the interest of not falling into despair.

In amidst everything else, I did some work, too, and that leads to two self-promo links:

And now, for the other links:

I thought Josh Marshall had some smart things to say about our problems with guns. I refuse to give up on trying to change this. I don't think there is any one magic answer, but I think those pieces and the one by David Frum that Marshall links to in the last piece get at something really important: we have decided as a culture to accept  our high level of gun deaths because we as a culture have decided that it is important not just that people can own guns, but they can do so without many limits on them.

I don't want to turn this into a post about gun violence, but my top picks for concrete changes to start turning this around are: (1) take guns away from domestic abusers, and (2) stop treating it as an "accident" when children get their hands on guns and hurt themselves or others. Hold the adults who made those guns accessible to children responsible.

OK, moving on.

This article about the GOP donor class is scathing, in a good way.

Racism doesn't need a devil's advocate.

That's all I have.


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