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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 Yellow Vests are many things, but they are not anti-tax. They’re certainly not for the kind of smaller government championed by Macron’s government."
"The Democrats eloquently speak the language of compassion, but they refrain from the patois of national interests and honor."
"The link between Zionism, anti-Semitism didn’t begin with Netanyahu; it also grew out of Zionism’s old need to seek allies anywhere they could be found."
"While it’s easy to see Hart’s predicament as a result of internet mob justice, that’s a drastic oversimplification... How each of 2018’s “shamed” figures reacted to their shaming also had a lot to do with the outcome of their situation."
"We in the media have a problem. Actually, it's a big problem for all of us. We have become addicted to the notion that, except for the top 1% or the top 10%, the incomes of most Americans have stagnated for decades."
"Explorest is just an app-shaped version of something tourists already do: flit from attraction to attraction to take the same photos they've already seen of Buckingham Palace, the Golden Gate Bridge or even Brussels' Peeing Boy."
"They always have rebuttals. They're not playing the same game. You're trying to win at chess but they're masters at Go."
"Everyone has a religion. It is, in fact, impossible not to have a religion if you are a human being. It’s in our genes and has expressed itself in every culture, in every age, including our own secularized husk of a society."
"That night, I got up the nerve to ask Paulina if I could follow her on Instagram. Miraculously, she said yes, shrugging as she walked up the stairs to her room. I grabbed my phone, and suddenly, there it was: Paulina’s life. "
"If they can dream it, you can eat it." Check out photos of 2018's most over-the-top, bizarre, fast-food culinary creations.
"One hundred years after the demise of the passenger pigeon, California-based non-profit Revive & Restore is attempting to bring the species back to life."
"If they embrace their Jewish roots, they can be accused of philo-Semitism... If they ignore it, they risk losing the understanding of the intricate and yes, intersectional, nature of the experience of their Latinx heritage in the Americas."