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“The problem with Taylor Swift’s endorsement of Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen heading into Election Day isn’t that she spoke out. Civic engagement is vital, especially among the many young people who adore Swift’s music, and freedom of speech is a bedrock American principle.
The real problem with Swift’s Instagram post was that she missed the bigger picture. It’s a myopia typical of many young people, largely cultivated by insular reasoning prevalent in high schools and on college campuses, who focus on narrow wedge social issues without looking at broader macro conditions or grappling seriously with complex issues.
This is another common problem among young people — expressing anger and fear against a system rather than proactively seeking to change it. It’s not unusual for some young people to miss the difference between expressive and persuasive communication, and while it’s easy to sympathize with the impulse to express oneself, in a democracy failing to grasp this distinction can be a fatal flaw.”
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“The great sticking point—around the Irish border—has always been there.”
“Congress and the president have historically reined in the justices when they’ve gone against public opinion.”
Great schools, low prices, less partying, less anti-Zionism. Why not send your kid to school in Israel?
“Writers from the sitcom’s original run weigh in: ‘You’re not telling a story about a strong matriarch anymore. It’s something else.’”
Sears was Amazon in a time before Amazon. Now they’ve declared bankruptcy.
“When we die now, we leave a multitude of digital relics behind. Can we grieve properly for those we love when the dead remain with us?”
On sensitive issues, most Americans are censoring themselves.
“Bookish, which sounds a bit like Jewish, is the word I use to describe lives that are dominated by books.”
Personality development might be more influenced by siblings than it is by parents.
Are avocados, almonds, melon, kiwi or butternut squash suitable for vegans? Nope!
“Scientists bred healthy baby mice from same-sex parents for the first time.”
“Perhaps there was something too primal about it, the associations with blood and the female body and sexuality, the act of immersing naked in rainwater.”