Jan. 23 Adam Schiff’s Closing Argument
Why Trump Persists
Voters are less tolerant, less empathetic and less interested in integrity than many political analysts thought.
By Thomas B. Edsall
Ten Political Podcasts For The Savvy Citizen
By iHeart Radio
The Myth of Middle-Class Liberalism
The bourgeois are supposed to ensure open, democratic societies. In fact, they rarely have.
By David Motadel
The war on Muslims (with Mehdi Hasan)
Ezra Klein Show
A national bestseller and acclaimed guide to Buddhism for beginners and practitioners alike
In this simple but important volume, Stephen Batchelor reminds us that the Buddha was not a mystic who claimed privileged, esoteric knowledge of the universe, but a man who challenged us to understand the nature of anguish, let go of its origins, and bring into being a way of life that is available to us all. The concepts and practices of Buddhism, says Batchelor, are not something to believe in but something to do—and as he explains clearly and compellingly, it is a practice that we can engage in, regardless of our background or beliefs, as we live every day on the path to spiritual enlightenment.
I recommend seeing the excellent film, “Motherless Brooklyn,” before listening to this fascinating Ezra Klein Show interview with Edward Norton, who wrote, directed, and starred in the film.
We live in The Good Place. And we’re screwing it up.
Ezra Klein Show podcast
Welcome to the first episode of our climate cluster. This isn’t a series about whether “the science is real” on climate change. This is a series about what the science says — and what it means for our lives, our politics, and our future.I suspect I’m like a lot of people in that I accept that climate change is bad. What I struggle with is how bad. Is it an existential threat that eclipses all else? One of many serious problems politics must somehow address?I wanted to kick off the series with someone who knows the science cold. Kate Marvel is a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and a professor at Columbia University’s Department of Applied Physics and Mathematics. But Marvel isn’t just a leading climate scientist. She’s also unique in her focus on the stories we tell each other, and ourselves, about climate change, and how they end up structuring our decisions. We discuss:- How a climate model actually works- Why this is the good place- Why there is so much variation in climate scientists’ predictions about global temperature increases- Why global warming is only one piece of the much larger problem of climate change- Why a hotter planet is more conducive to natural disasters- The frightening differences between a world that experiences a 2°C temperature increase as opposed to a 5°C temperature increase- Whether the threat of climate change requires solutions that break the boundaries of conventional politics- The underlying stories that animate much of the climate debate- Whether the planet can sustain continued economic growth- What it means to “live morally” amid climate change
starring Brad Pitt
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
quoted in “The Black-and-White World of Big Tech,” By Kara Swisher, editor at large for the technology news website Recode and producer of the Recode Decode podcast and Code Conference
When James Baldwin Squared Off Against William F. Buckley Jr.
By Thomas Meaney
Oct. 18, 2019, 4:18 p.m. ET
THE FIRE IS UPON US
James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate Over Race in America
By Nicholas Buccola
The Democrats: Technocrats Rule, by Wade Lee Hudson.
Private Authoritarianism, by Wade Lee Hudson
Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk about It), Elizabeth Anderson
The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay (2019), Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman
How to Tax Our Way Back to Justice, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman
The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You, David Leonhardt
A Stump Speech, by Wade Lee Hudson