Confinement and Contagion

The coronavirus has made those in women’s prisons still more vulnerable. “The world at large has forgotten us,” one woman wrote from Texas. “We are the most disempowered and despised population,” another wrote from Arizona. A woman in Kansas reported that within weeks of the declaration of a pandemic, ten body bags were delivered to the prison: “Guess we will not be going to the hospital if it comes here.”

The Wages of Whiteness

“White privilege” is a protean concept that has found its way into conversations about political power, material prosperity, social status, and even cognition.

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A Second Chance
A trial jury is like an audience at a play that wants to be entertained. Witnesses, like stage actors, have to play to that audience if their performances are to be convincing.
Night and Day
Democrats are gambling that abhorrence of Trump is sufficiently strong to motivate voters, and Biden and Harris can offer comfort and empathy instead.

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130 Degrees
This is going to be a century of crises, many of them more dangerous than what we’re living through now.

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Toxic residues from the Civil War, the Vietnam War, and the so-called war on terror continue to flow into American politics
How to Fix Child Poverty
The National Academies estimate that child poverty costs the country $800 billion to $1.1 trillion a year—including lower adult earnings, worse health, and higher crime.

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The Pillage of India
William Dalrymple’s ‘The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire’ and Shashi Tharoor’s ‘Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India’

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