Here’s what to read left and right

We live in partisan times and our new habits can strengthen our own perspectives. See this as an effort to broaden our collective perspective with essays beyond the range of our typical selections.


From “How the cancellation of student debt would be strategically smart for Biden,” by Katrina vanden Heuvel in The Nation.

Context, from the author: The country is in desperate need of relief and the president needs a political victory.

The snippet: Rather than injecting a one-time stimulus into the economy, as some critics have argued, the cancellation would likely cause Americans to reassess their long-term spending plans and invest in a better future. It could give millions of people the chance to finally buy a home or start a business or help their children get an education, investments that are good for both families and the economy in general. . And the policy would help reduce the wealth gap between those of different races: A study by a think tank found that forgiving up to $ 50,000 in student debt per person would immediately increase the wealth of black people in Canada. 40%.

Extract from “Public broadband Internet is not a luxury, it is a necessity”, by Paul Prescod in Jacobin.

Background, from the author: Everyone needs high speed internet. But private companies will never provide it. The solution? Treat internet infrastructure as a public service, publicly funded and built by unionized workers.

The excerpt: Currently in the United States, 44 million homes do not have a standard broadband connection due to lack of access or affordability. The arrival of the omicron variant threatens more lockouts and stay-at-home orders – and with that, increased reliance on digital infrastructure in our daily lives. Broadband should be treated as an essential public service with universal public access. But it is not cost effective for major Internet providers to build broadband infrastructure in rural and low-income communities. Competition in the market will not give us the broadband infrastructure we need; State governments and the federal government must step in to make broadband internet truly universal.

From “Trump Claimed 5,000 Who Voted In Georgia. The Real Number … Was Four,” by William Vaillancourt in Rolling Stone.

Context, from the author: We now know that President Donald Trump’s claim was in error from 4,996.

Extract : The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday. The four spoiled ballots were submitted by family members of the deceased.


From “When Will the Rest of the World Call Out China’s Incredibly Implausible COVID-19 Statistics?” By Jim Geraghty in the National Review.

The background, from the author: to hear China say it, they have had virtually no (nine!) Cases of infection with the hyper-contagious variant of omicron.

The excerpt: China’s official health statistics are unbelievably implausible. Even if we want to give China’s city-wide lockdown and quarantine of people by welding apartment doors as much benefit of the doubt as possible, a virus just isn’t plausible. which has proven to be extremely contagious in all other countries suddenly became shy and socially awkward once it came under the jurisdiction of the Chinese Communist Party.

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Excerpt from “Preparing To Build A Post-Roe World” by Jonathon Van Maren in American Conservative.

Background, from the author: Once the abortion mandate falls, the pro-life movement may need to rethink its allegiances.

The excerpt: Can the abortion rate be reduced by policies now considered – in American politics, anyway – liberal? (Historian Daniel K.) Williams and a number of other pro-life academics believe this is the case. First and foremost, Americans with low incomes need expanded health care coverage, as well as better wages and possibly help with tuition fees. … Williams told me, “To ensure that women and their children get the help they need, pro-lifers may need to ally themselves with politicians whom they do not traditionally see as friends, that is, progressive politicians who can be pro-choice. but who will be more likely than conservative Republicans to push for the expansion of health care assistance and the social safety net? Of course, one possible and much-discussed alternative is an evolved GOP rooted in a coalition between social conservatives and the working class – and detached from big business.

From “Nikole Hannah-Jones Says What The Rest of the Left Won’t Admit Out Loud”, by Tristan Justice in The Federalist.

The context, from the author: The architect of The New York Times’ anti-American “1619 Project,” Nikole Hannah-Jones, admitted in a weekend interview that leftist educators had no intention of inviting parents into the classroom regarding their programs. children.

Excerpt: The core of Jones’ message, however, that parents should blindly hand over their children’s education to the state, is often ignored by leftist ideologues who have taken over K-12 schools, and the Virginia’s red wave in November shows why. When former Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who was running for office again, stepped onto the stage of the September debate, “I’m not going to let parents in schools and actually get books out. and make their own decision, “in defense of the teacher’s choice, it became the blunder that defined the race and condemned his well-funded campaign.

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