Volume 2.22 (May 27-June 2)

Pick of the Week— No contest this week.  Perhaps Culture is Now the Counterculture: A Defense of the Humanities (Leon Wieseltier, The New Republic)– From Leon W’s commencement address at Brandeis.  I have a long-standing and cultivated habit of hating almost everything to do with Wieseltier.  He’s a pedant and a racist.  He leaves the racism at home this time and his pedantry serves him in good stead on this particular topic.

Mormonism

In and Out (Erin Anderson, Juvenile Instructor)

What Do We Teach Teenage Girls About the Mormon Priesthood? (Jana Riess, Flunking Sainthood)

Foreign Affairs

Obama’s Long Road to Peace (David Cole, NYRB)

Is it the end of Sykes-Picot? (Patrick Cockburn, London Review of Books)

Stay Out of Syria! (David Bromwich, NYRB)

If Chris Kyle Had Been a Muslim, We’d Call Him an Extremist (Isaac Chotiner, The New Republic)– Chotiner should lose the hedges here and go straight for the jugular– Kyle was a sociopath and a fascist.  I can sympathize with why he did not.  If he failed to genuflect towards the proper orientation towards Muslims, Wieseltier might have walked down the hall and physically assaulted him.

Culture

‘Arrested Development’ was a Communist utopia, and season four ruined it (Peter Queck and Bhaskar Sunkara, Wonkblog)

Americans and their military, drifting apart (Karl W. Eikenberry and David M. Kennedy, NYT)– A response from Ben Alpers here.

Promiscuous media (Felix Salmon, Reuters)

The Case for One (Jessica Grose, The New Republic)– Only children of the world, unite!

Politics

No one really believes in ‘equality of opportunity’ (Ezra Klein, Wonkblog)

Study: Immigrants put billions more in Medicare than they use (Sarah Kliff, Wonkblog)

The tax break state (Mike Konczal, Wonkblog)

The problem is capitalism (Joseph M. Schwartz and Maria Svart, In These Times)

Education is for parents too (Esther J. Cepeda, WaPo)

This is How the NRA Ends (Alec MacGillis, The New Republic)

Economics

Only a third of charitable contributions go to the poor (Dylan Mathews, Wonkblog)

Flawed System Suits the Shareholders Just Fine (Jesse Eisinger, NYT Dealbook)

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