Whose Anger Gets Rewarded? | Defector by Kelsey McKinney

It took less than 10 minutes to clear Lafayette Square in June. It wasn’t even past curfew, and it was still sunny. It was a Monday. Over the heads of the people in front of me, if I stretched way up on my toes, I could see them: two lines of police force with riot shields.

During the primaries, the mild, establishment candidate muscles out a popular challenger from the left, securing their party nomination. This mild candidate is running against an obviously bad one fielded by the other party, self-evidently unable to do the job.

Aforementioned mild candidate then does not worry about creating an affirmative case for themself, and why would they? Their opponent is obviously bad. Much easier to say “wow, doesn’t that guy suck?” than to create plans to help fix the myriad of things that are broken.

This mild candidate does not campaign in battleground states (this time around, because it’s responsible and prudent), instead focused on fundraising from large-money donors.

Polling goes heavy in this candidate’s favor. There is just no way the obviously bad candidate could pull this out. The obviously bad candidate has a brush with his own hubris in early October, solidifying polling through the election.

Getting surprised on election day would be the definition of insanity, right?

The US declared war on TikTok because it can’t handle the truth by Sarah Jeong (The Verge)

The battle over TikTok’s ownership is only one part of a much larger war. The US, China, and Russia have adopted a philosophy of “information-nationalism,” where telling lies about your own country strengthens it, and telling the truth about other countries weakens them. This is an enormous change from the US’s previous internet policy — and likely a bad one.

Glad that Sarah is writing again. ‘This is not to say: "Companies good; government bad." Rest assured, everyone and everything is bad. It’s bad all the way down.’
Finished Reading: Reality Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

The coronavirus crisis is laying bare the brutality of an economy organized around production for the sake of profit and not human need.

End the GOP (The New Republic)

In order to save our democracy, we must not merely defeat the Republican Party.