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Weekend Reads 2/9/19

The Terrorism That Doesn’t Spark a Panic

In fact, according to the ADL, white supremacists are responsible for the majority of such attacks “almost every year.” The 2018 attacks include the one at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue by a man who blamed Jews for the migrant caravan, the mass shooting at a yoga studio by an “incel” obsessed with interracial dating, and the school massacre in Parkland, Florida, carried out by a student who wished that “all the Jews were dead.”

Are Christian Schools at Odds with Social Justice?

While apologists emphasize that these cases have first amendment protection, Christian academies in the South also used similar claims to bypass desegregation mandates during the mid-20th century. From 1950 to 1965, flight from public institutions into private “Christian” academies occurred at an unprecedented rate as Southern whites sought to evade the integration of public schools from the primary level all the way to the collegiate level.

The World Might Actually Run Out of People

After painstakingly breaking down the numbers for themselves, the pair arrived at a drastically different prediction for the future of the human species. “In roughly three decades, the global population will begin to decline,” they write. “Once that decline begins, it will never end.”

‘There Is Going to Be a War Within the Party. We Are Going to Lean Into It.’

David Hopkins, a professor of political science at Boston College, says systematically targeting fellow Democrats really crosses a line in American politics. “I mean, even the Freedom Caucus doesn’t do that,” he said. “We sort of know how stuff happens in Congress. It requires a lot of negotiation and compromise. Starting a bunch of internal fights within your party is not usually step one.”

 

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