New Yorker: Thresholds of Violence

What if this is correct? What if school shootings are riots in slow motion? How do you stop the riot?


Atlantic: The tricks people use to avoid debate

“A proper argument takes intellectual vigor, nimbleness, and sustained attention. If carried on long enough, it can push both parties to a deeper level of understanding. Oxford debaters hack away at each other for something like two hours. Socrates could sometimes go on for weeks. But who has that kind of time anymore?”


Atlantic: Scientists still can’t decide how to define a tree?

What makes a tree a tree? Plato must be rolling in his grave. Nice fun article about treeness with great words like woodiness and tree-ing.

Guardian: A breakthrough alternative to growth economics

Review of Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth.

‘Instead of economies that need to grow, whether or not they make us thrive, we need economies that “make us thrive, whether or not they grow”.’

Guardian: Ball tampering scandal could be Australian fans’ tipping point

Forget cricket, some shitty truths about celebrity-worship, competitiveness and masculinity (in Australia and elsewhere).

Guardian: All governments must act to end homelessness

“Feantsa says a consensus has been building for several years across Europe on an approach to reinstate housing as a fundamental right guaranteed by international and European treaties, but acknowledges that there is little sign of systemic change.”

Guardian: Let’s wrench back power from the billionaires

Yes, but what can we actually do? Can anyone give me a roadmap for change? It doesn’t feel like ‘consume less, care more’ is enough anymore.

Guardian: Black and White

Black and White: how Dangerous kicked off Michael Jackson’s race paradox

Guardian: Romantic fiction in the age of Trump

No, romance fiction is not at the forefront of feminist thought. It’s the weight feminists are forced to drag behind them in their fight for equality. They reflect the fantasies of the masses, and the minds of the masses are slow to change. Saying romance fiction is empowering doesn’t make it empowering.