Whiteness and wrongness

Both white supremacists and Ta-Nehisi Coates believe in the special-ness of white people, says Thomas Chatterton Williams, who calls it “a disturbing trend in left-of-center public thinking”:

[I]dentity epistemology, or knowing-through-being, somewhere along the line became identity ethics, or morality-through-being. Accordingly, whiteness and wrongness have become interchangeable — the high ground is now accessible only by way of “allyship,” which is to say silence and total repentance. The upside to this new white burden, of course, is that whichever way they may choose, those deemed white remain this nation’s primary actors.


Aziz Ansari explains why he deleted the internet, Twitter, and Instagram from his phone:

Whenever you check for a new post on Instagram or whenever you go on The New York Times to see if there’s a new thing, it’s not even about the content. It’s just about seeing a new thing. You get addicted to that feeling. You’re not going to be able to control yourself. So the only way to fight that is to take yourself out of the equation and remove all these things. What happens is, eventually you forget about it. You don’t care anymore. . . . I’m not out of the loop on anything. Like, if something real is going down, I’ll find out about it.

Is that a good thing?

Garrison Keillor visited Alaska recently:

Nobody I talked to in Alaska began a sentence with “I was reading an article the other day that said that . . . ” — everything they said was from their own experience.

Talk to liberals about equality and fairness, and talk to conservatives about loyalty and respect for authority, reports Vox:

[I]f a conservative wanted to convince a liberal to support higher military spending, he shouldn’t appeal to patriotism. He should say something like, “Through the military, the disadvantaged can achieve equal standing and overcome the challenges of poverty and inequality.”

WaPo on the deadlines in federal habeas litigation:

In at least 80 capital cases in which attorneys have missed the deadline, it is almost always the prisoner alone who suffers the consequences.

…is also the one you probably use, explains Joseph Antos of AEI:

Premiums paid for employer-sponsored health insurance are excluded from taxable income, reducing the amount workers owe in income and payroll taxes by about $250 billion annually. In effect, the exclusion is the third largest health program after Medicare and Medicaid, yet it has been largely ignored as Congress has tried to rein in federal health spending.

Public defender John Gross explains:

When we have to resort to triage, when we make quick decisions about who we can save, it is inevitable that we will make mistakes. We never see those mistakes because they are mistakes of omission. I’ll never know how many mistakes I made because I didn’t spend enough time talking to a client. They might have had a defense, there might have been mitigating evidence, but I didn’t have enough time to investigate their case.