Outsmarted

A fantastic essay by Rick Perlstein, on the cult of “smart” in America and how it distorted the ideals of our democracy. “Even as we moderns spend enormous amounts of our conscious energy making evaluations about who is sophisticated and who is simple, who is well-bred and who is arriviste, and who is smart and who is dumb, these are entirely irrelevant to the only question that ends up mattering: who is decent and who is cruel.”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Mar 6, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,168 words)

The Revolution Will Not Be Curated

From content to coffee beans to stylish, DIY scarves at the corner boutique, everything in America seems curated now, so how did the larger culture appropriate the job of an art gallery? And how does this process influence politics and our sense of truth?

 

Source: The Baffler
Published: Mar 7, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,698 words)

Strangers in a Cruel Land

The wretched state of U.S. immigration enforcement, becoming more wretched by the day.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Mar 6, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,528 words)

De-Muslimization

Writer Rafia Zakaria reports back on flying while Muslim after the U.S. travel ban.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Feb 27, 2017
Length: 5 minutes (1,488 words)

The Slow Confiscation of Everything

Climate apocalypse: a coming calamity that’s morally different from nuclear exchange in a way we haven’t yet dealt with.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Feb 17, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,497 words)

Holy Warriors Against the Welfare State

A trip to the DeVos seat of power in Michigan, home of evangelism and Amway.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Feb 6, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,348 words)

Off Our Butts: How Smoking Bans Extinguish Solidarity

An impassioned essay on ways anti-smoking legislation is, and always has been, about social control — bans that target and dehumanize the poor in the name of public health.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Dec 15, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2,836 words)

Meltdown of the Phantom Snowflakes

“When I fight back, though, when I continue to write about injustice in the face of the bullying campaigns that are daily life for every female activist I have met, precisely when I feel strongest—that’s when I’m told I’m weak. A crybaby. Special snowflake. Whiner…

As politics turn darker, these slurs have become weaponized. Something bigger is going on.”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jan 4, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,775 words)

Trumped and Abandoned

The invective of Trump supporters inspires Susan Faludi to take a look back at the “Angry White Men” of the 1990s who felt disenfranchised, and threatened by women like First Lady Hillary Clinton—men like Mike McNulty, a Second Amendment activist and documentarian whom Faludi interviewed twenty years ago.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Dec 7, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3,456 words)

Stop Calling the United States a Banana Republic

“But looking at the history behind the term reveals something else: ‘banana republics’ like Honduras and Guatemala were troubled in no small part because American capitalism and imperialism wanted them that way.”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Nov 7, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2,206 words)