Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for August 11th through August 12th:
- Why We Should Stop Demonizing John Edwards | Sex and Relationships | AlterNet – If we're going to make the private lives of our politicians grist for the media mill, then we ought to at least correctly understand them. We don't. Instead, we reduce behavior to simple good/bad dichotomies, infer only the most superficial of motives to the culprits, and make sweeping judgments about their basic characters without a shred of evidence.
- The Day Lincoln’s Hometown Erupted In Racial Hate : NPR – A century ago this week, the normally placid town of Springfield, Ill., the hometown of President Abraham Lincoln, erupted in a two-day spasm of racial violence and mayhem that still has the power to shock today.
- ACLU Blog: Because Freedom Can’t Blog Itself: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union » “Abstinence-only” Education Not a Free Pass for Anti-Gay Discrimination – A recent Florida federal court decision in an ACLU case did a lot more than simply make advocates for both reproductive freedom and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights very happy: It signaled that the days when folks could get away with making outlandish anti-LGBT arguments are going, going, and almost gone.
- The 5 Most Chill-Inducing Olympic Moments | The Best Article Every day – The Olympics seem to have lost their luster. In an age where NASA is designing swimsuits, there seems little hope for the upset victory or the unexpected burst of brilliance. But like these videos prove, the truth is that something exceptional can happen at any given moment.
- Steven Weber: Playing to the Muddle – What is the lethal disconnect in our judgement which permits the ascension of dickheads to positions of power, rather than the arguably less charismatic but genuinely effective personalities capable of shrewdness and insight?
- The Becker-Posner Blog – The gay-marriage movement raises a number of interesting questions, which I approach from an economic perspective: why do homosexuals want to marry? What are the consequences of gay marriage likely to be? Why is there opposition to gay marriage?
- The Becker-Posner Blog: Should Gay Marriages be Allowed? Becker – For the reasons just stated, one can understand why many gay couples want to be allowed to marry. What I find difficult to understand is why there is so much opposition; for example, I doubt if a referendum legalizing gay marriage would pass in many states. As Posner indicates, allowing gay couples to marry will have little effect on either the attraction or stability of marriages between heterosexuals. I believe this opposition reflects hostility to gays and their unions that can no longer be expressed in other more traditional forms, such as calling them names or harassing them. As a result, the marriage issue has become a rallying point that allows hostility to gays to be hidden behind other reasons.