Gopnik reviews biblical scholar Pagels' new book, “Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation,” which makes a strong case that the Book of Revelation was mostly political,
that Revelation is essentially an anti-Christian polemic. That is, it was written by an expatriate follower of Jesus who wanted the movement to remain within an entirely Jewish context, as opposed to the “Christianity” just then being invented by St. Paul, who welcomed uncircumcised and trayf-eating Gentiles into the sect. At a time when no one quite called himself “Christian,” in the modern sense, John is prophesying what would happen if people did. That’s the forward-looking worry in the book....
Ignoring targeted voter suppression really is one of the scandals. Argument: "Why didn't you win? 97% of your voters were allowed to vote"
Other takeaways are the overreliance on TV ads still, and this:
When presidential candidate Donald Trump says, ” You know we are going to take back our country. Yes, we absolutely are going to take back our country, believe that,” he is having a racial conversation. Our response to that conversation can’t be, “We are going to raise your minimum wage.”
The gun was fired in the United States. The bullet stopped 60 feet away in Mexico — tragically, in the head of a 15-year-old boy named Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca.
Border patrol agent Jesus Mesa Jr. pulled the trigger that day six years ago in the wide concrete culvert that separates El Paso from Juarez, Mexico. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider whether the Constitution gives Hernández’s parents the right to sue Mesa in American courts for killing their son.
For 10 years, he laid cables for service companies doing seismic testing in the search for the next big gusher. Then, powerful computer hardware and software replaced cables with wireless data collection, and he lost his job. He found new work connecting pipes on rigs, but lost that job, too, when plunging oil prices in 2015 forced the driller he worked for to replace rig hands with cheaper, more reliable automated tools.“I don’t see a future,” Mr. Velazquez, 44, said. “Pretty soon every rig will have one worker and a robot.”
Donald Trump rode into the White House on a promise that he’d be a strong leader who could run the government with the efficiency of a CEO.
The reality has been much different.
Management experts view Trump’s tumultuous style as unlikely to produce the type of helpful internal debate that can solve difficult problems. And the president’s impulsiveness and reliance on his own gut reactions don’t appear to have any real check within the system he’s created.
Given the limitations of a newspaper column, It's hard to imagine a clearer or more comprehensive explanation of our current modernist predicament - one that we have been confronting for several centuries now.
Dostoyevsky grasped the conflict . . . during a visit to Paris . . . [he] caustically concluded that "liberte" was just for millionaires, "egalite" did not exist for the poor in French justice and "fraternite" was a joke in an atomized, isolationist society.
What the removal of Flynn as the national-security adviser reveals about Donald Trump’s White House.
Paragraph after paragraph after paragraph of gobsmacking stuff; the mind reels trying to go from one paragraph to the next. Way more bizarro than Dr. Strangelove. As difficult as it is to read, it quickly rocketed to #1 on their "most popular" list of articles.
The Pakistani army on Friday arrested or killed dozens of suspected militants and launched artillery rounds at targets in neighboring Afghanistan a day after a suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine killed at least 88 people.
Residents in Pakistan’s Khyber tribal district said security forces fired barrages into Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, where militants loyal to Islamic State have often found sanctuary.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reassigned a majority of the staff meant to work most closely with the top US diplomat in what career officials at the State Department fear is the start of a major reorganization.
Cambridge Analytica touted its ability to target voters through psychological profiling — a service for which Trump’s presidential campaign paid millions of dollars. Now, its parent company is pitching its services to the Pentagon and other national security agencies.