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Digest for April 21st

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for April 21st from 13:33 to 14:19:

  • The Real Money-Making Methods of the Super-Rich Are Far From Praiseworthy – The effects of inheritance come first and merit second, not the other way around.
  • 5 Ways American Policies and Attitudes Make Us Lonely, Anxious, and Antisocial – With mountains of knowledge, why aren’t we better at setting up our society in a way that helps us to prosper? Isn’t that the point of having a society in the first place? Unfortunately, ours is increasingly designed by politicians indebted to the 1 percent for the express purpose of enhancing and maintaining the power of the very top rung. The rest of us are left to cope with a rocky, competitive life path that leaves us isolated and exhausted. Inequality is stunting our growth as human beings.
  • The Terrible Fear of Paying the Poor Too Much – Republicans in America suffer a crippling anxiety. It’s the terrible fear of corporations paying poor workers too much.
  • How to behave – In the confusing world of modern manners, an etiquette guide would be a great help
  • Obama and David Brooks’s Manhood Problem – You know who had a “manhood” problem? George W. Bush. He acted childishly, wantonly invading Iraq without a shred of international legality, because Saddam “tried to kill my daddy.” He even adopted the diction of a 4-year-old as he initiated the mass slaughter of several hundred thousand people and the displacement of millions. You see, the opposite of “manly” is not, as Brooks imagines, “cautious.” It is childish petulance.
  • Counting the votes of African Americans and Latinos is the real vote suppression – Once you let those illegitimate votes count, Real Americans are denied their franchise. In fact, counting the votes of African Americans and Latinos is the real vote suppression.

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