Friday Roundup!

Happy Friday! Here are our top picks this week at Unfettered Equality:

Jeremy’s Picks: 

  • Kevin Carson, Center for a Stateless Society — “Protect and Serve?  More like Hate and Fear”: “For more than twenty years, the Drug War and associated police militarization encouraged an increasing tendency of urban police to see local populations as a dangerous occupied enemy.”
  • Nick Gillespie, Reason“One-Third of Americans — and 51 Percent of Democrats — Favor Hate-Speech Laws”: “I will not be surprised if the Charlie Hebdo massacre has the effect of increasing support for hate-speech laws in the United States (as Jacob Sullum has noted, hate-speech laws are already in place in France and most if not all European countries). Many Americans who don’t particularly care about freedom of speech may look on the carnage and conclude it makes sense to avoid such scenes by stifling expression.”
  • Roberto A. Ferdman, The Washington Post“Most of America’s Rich Think the Poor Have it Easy”: “But as my colleague Christopher Ingraham pointed out last year, to say that the poor have it easy is to ignore how serious their struggle is in comparison to the rest of the population, and especially those with money to spare. The poor are much less likely to have health insurance, much more likely to be the victim of a crime. They don’t get the same level of education or have the same food options. Inequality, as my colleague Matt O’Brien wrote, “starts in the crib,” and it plays out even in what babies of different socioeconomic backgrounds are fed. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”

Sebastian’s Picks: 

  • Todd Purdum, Politico “Sex in the Senate”: “In the reminiscences that follow, [Baker] offers indelible proof that the good old days were not always good: One senator died with $2 million in unexplained cash; another took a $200,000 payment to switch his vote; some showed up for work drunk. But he also explains the ways in which the old days might well have offered a better model than the present for how to do business on Capitol Hill: his was really a time when senators knew and respected each other, and bipartisan cooperation was the norm. It’s a close question whether the sanctioned immorality of 50 years ago was worse for the legislative process than the codified corruption of today. Readers, be the judge. But harken, meantime, to the words of perhaps the last living man who saw it all.”
  • James Fallows, The Atlantic“The Tragedy of the American Military”: “The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win.”
  • Aurin Squire, The New Republic“Why Black New Yorkers Like Me Are Celebrating the NYPD Work Slowdown”: “To many of us from these communities, the past two weeks have amounted to a vacation from fear, surveillance and punishment. Maybe this is what it feels like to not be prejudged and seen as suspicious law breakers. Maybe this is a small taste of what it feels like to be white.”