Pick of the Week– The Good, Racist People (Ta-Nehisi Coates, NYT)
Living With Less. A Lot Less. (Graham Hill, NYT)– I have long desired to have the courage to live a less materially-centered life. This guy is doing it.
A Stealth Tax Subsidy for Business Faces New Scrutiny (Mary Williams Walsh, Louise Story, NYT)
Reviewed: The Locust and the Bee- Predators and Creators in Capitalism’s Future by Geoff Mulgan (John Gray, New Statesman)
The Invisible Fist (Leo Gerard, In These Times)
Mooching Off Medicaid (Paul Krugman, NYT)
Rand Paul’s Lonely Stand (Steve Erickson, The American Prospect)
Come Home, America (Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, NYT)
The Internet’s Patriot Act (Jeff Saginor, The American Prospect)
An Unrepresentative Democracy (David Sirota, In These Times)
This Progressive Stands with Rand (Zaid Jilani, In These Times)
Solidarity and the State (Ray Haberski, U.S. Intellectual History blog)
The Lone Star State Left Out to Dry (Abby Rapoport, The American Prospect)
How Disney Bought Lucasfilm– and its Plan for ‘Star Wars’ (Devin Leonard, Bloomberg Businessweek)– I’ll admit to having more than a little trepidation about the future of Star Wars, even in JJ Abrams’ hands.
What Happened to Orson Scott Card? (Steven Lloyd Wilson, Salon)
Health and Science
Lead Poisoning: The Ignored Scandal (Helen Epstein, NYRB)– Frankly, more the rule than the exception.
How to Survive a Miracle (Amanda Marcotte, The American Prospect)– I watched How to Survive a Plague last week. I do not think I have ever seen a better movie (either dramatic or documentary) about a social movement. We are fortunate that so many of the participants were still alive to contribute to the film (which is, ironically, almost solely due to their own efforts which are documented in the same film).
The Country that Stopped Reading (David Toscana, NYT)– I’ll admit that I am one of those people who judges the quality of my acquaintances by taking a look at their bookshelves. This was incredibly frustrating as a missionary in Mexico, where almost nobody had any books at all.
Growing Up in the World’s Most Dangerous City (Jeremy Relph, Buzzfeed)
Chavez to Eternity (Ivan Briscoe, Open Democracy)
The AP Makes the Case for Chavismo (Matthew Yglesias, Slate)
Between Two Americas?: Jose Marti as a Latin American/Latino Intellectual (LD Burnett, U.S. Intellectual History blog)
The motherhood = priesthood analogy is flawed: a Concrete Example (FMHLisa, Feminist Mormon Housewives)
The First Visions of Charles Finney and Joseph Smith (Konden Smith, Worlds Without End)
The Pedagogy of Sunday School Part 2 (Norbert, By Common Consent)
The Book of Abraham: An End to the Apologetic War (Part 1) (David Bokovoy, Worlds Without End) Part 2 here.
Popes & Prophets — Filling the Shoes of a Fisherman (Ron Madson, The Mormon Worker)
Masculinity and Mormon Apologetics (Mrs. Silence Dogood, Faith Promoting Rumor)
I’m a Mormon. Pop Culture Often Ridicules My Faith, But Fallout Got it Right. (Skip Cameron, Kotaku)– I’m a gamer and a Mormon but I have never gotten around to playing Fallout. This means I probably need to fix that.
Official Declaration 2 PLUS (Margaret Blair Young, The Welcome Table)– Going a little bit farther than the LDS Church’s own revisions to the preface. We do, in fact, know so much more about this than we are willing to admit to ourselves.
The Strange Missing Element in Elder Oaks’ Stargazing Analogy (Russell Arben Fox, By Common Consent)– I share this for no other reason than the comedy gold in comments #2 and 3.
The Rather Uncomfortable Constraints of Life on a Pedestal (Karen H., By Common Consent)
First Thoughts on Joseph Smith’s Polygamy by Brian Hales (Cheryl Bruno, Worlds without End)