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"Democracy is as much about the doing as it is about gathering preferences. It should be a way for a population to… https://t.co/OQiTARG759Black cats auditioning for Tales of Terror, 1961. © Ralph Crane/LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images https://t.co/H7gKddIVct"The Constitution's lack of an affirmative right to vote opens the door to the burdens we see today: the lack of a… https://t.co/xf1PADAaFl"Voting has been fragmented and contested throughout American history. It’s not actually the case, that the Constit… https://t.co/0rIhqZHB9zIf the house looked like a horror-movie trailer, the barn was the full-length feature. When a visitor described the… https://t.co/tdor7EBOcs"I’m far more concerned with the ignorance of the powerful than the ignorance of the people." @astradisastra https://t.co/WIu1CkaVuN"If we want a public that’s more enlightened, we have to invest in things that go beyond voting. We need to invest… https://t.co/t2CtyGUenQ"Becoming informed requires time and resources that millions of Americans don’t have. Even if you can find the time… https://t.co/cDryXfNcPH"The United States has the problem of having come first, and much of the Constitution is the result of speculation… https://t.co/7Slp7UCYd2"I’m not sure whether there’s a moral obligation to vote, but I do think there’s a moral obligation to construct a… https://t.co/6BAZ8EGbJ9
10/31
2020
"The real moral imperative is that those who have the power and privilege to construct election systems must do so… https://t.co/4E3cORO9GO"Saying 'People have died for this right, and therefore you have to vote' doesn’t do justice to all of the things t… https://t.co/MyU1Ym7ow3"Until people vote, we do not know what the opinion of the populace is. Public opinion surveys are not a replacemen… https://t.co/HnrjedJrW7"There are many people for whom nonvoting is neither a political stance nor a symptom of moral failure. It’s just t… https://t.co/lNmSQLEAVx"Millions of America’s laborers are moving the gears of society while the chattering classes debate politics on Twi… https://t.co/cdNp57fbd4Number of hours that Texas state lawyers have spent litigating voter-ID laws since 2011 : 12,400 https://t.co/MRcdwshAg2Archaeologists near Stonehenge, where acoustics favor listeners in the inner circle, found a flute made from a huma… https://t.co/dL5PfW0ZUtPercentage of Americans who would support testing presidential candidates’ cognitive ability : 67 https://t.co/MRcdwszbECCollege students’ word choice in describing marijuana intoxication follows a progression of impairment from “nice”… https://t.co/4F2IGRfr1z"The morale of the culture is revealed by a common menu of the characters to be admired or deplored, as well as the… https://t.co/gMt64iwwwp
10/30
2020
"A broken democracy such as the United States cannot survive four more years under a demagogue president. If any pr… https://t.co/zrLn9NQhIb.@TanyaGold1 on Labour and antisemitism https://t.co/QUE2iSLLJR"The thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts." -William S. Burroughs https://t.co/JYw4pP8qKn"The willingness to utter verbal formulas on command—and to revise them under correction, if necessary—is closely r… https://t.co/b1aXUGBsroDecades after @Harpers first introduced me to the idea that politics could be, not just important, but INTERESTING… https://t.co/hkLQSQtsuX
Retweeted by Harper's MagazineTo distract you from America's obvious shame, a story about the secret shame of the French Riviera, and lemons. https://t.co/CtVBdanT2XMinimum amount that five states have spent implementing voter-ID laws since 2006 : $36,000,000 https://t.co/MRcdwszbECMenton’s lemon festival attempts to reclaim the golden years of its golden harvest—even though the fruit used in it… https://t.co/5FiyrTFtTgPart of the vulnerability necessary for transformation is the recognition that I am, to a great extent, a mystery t… https://t.co/nB9N6bQwSu"How can I know what I will find relevant about a work before I have submitted myself to the experience? I don’t th… https://t.co/5cMZApSc69The presence of lithium in drinking water lowers suicide rates; living at high elevation in the American West predi… https://t.co/VJ41zp3tQ2"There is talk in the press of sex cults and orgies carried out in the stink of what made them possible. Fluttering… https://t.co/RGT9yp9Bzj"The ideological division of labor in honest reporting is new in this country, and it is ominous." https://t.co/cC5lSnpfWK"When I use relevance as a filter for determining what books to read, I’m failing to make myself available for an a… https://t.co/mmiB3kq6n6Casual observers can identify photos of white men and women convicted of crimes and of priests convicted of sexuall… https://t.co/Qb6D5XrAkg
10/29
2020
"Trump understands a truth that more seemly public figures are innocent of: a voluntary apology, the effusion of sp… https://t.co/hSCOKiZkR5Teens today can accurately classify teens in video interviews from 2006 as “anime/mangas,” “druggies/stoners,” “emo… https://t.co/5xt6xCLJapBut to believe that art is irrelevant if it fails to reflect the life we want for ourselves and the world we want t… https://t.co/Zx8pGUEnXlWhen people ask me whether I think we need more queer stories with happy endings, my answer is always yes. We need… https://t.co/YU80HLMAea @shyascanlon @GarthGreenwell https://t.co/9UAomEUI2b"The #MeToo movement set a precedent for the Black Lives Matter escalation. In both cases, the pressure was turned… https://t.co/k1E26dEIJS“We are not telling you how to vote,” the letter read. “We are just informing our tenants what WE will do according… https://t.co/DtmdtISxGDThe landlord of a trailer park in Fort Morgan, Colorado, sent a note to his tenants claiming that rent will be doub… https://t.co/NdlCnOYOrKScientists discovered tissue in the human skull that could be either salivary glands or an entirely new organ, in t… https://t.co/IIaNLPNt9F“If Biden makes it, I believe there will continue to be great pressure to stop the migrant caravans,” said Ana Vane… https://t.co/2GP8iHexVIAn investigation began into the identity of the yearbook staffer responsible for listing a member of an Indiana hig… https://t.co/jblEf4dtMXThe European Parliament rejected a proposed ban on labeling plant-based foods as burgers. https://t.co/kNBMeZC5yOIn Paraguay, seven dead migrants were found inside a shipping container that originated in Serbia; and Danish aid w… https://t.co/mmKQ1J3BOvThe U.K.’s test-and-trace system directed people in Sevenoaks, England, to a nonexistent mobile testing site. https://t.co/kNBMeZC5yOFires were set in the toilet-paper aisles of three Walmart stores near Waterloo, Ontario, and Austria’s postal serv… https://t.co/i4uhRzv51aThe North Dakota Department of Health encouraged those who have tested positive for COVID-19 to do their own contac… https://t.co/wpmyaf6Bz6After appearing in public with Band-Aids and black-and-purple bruises covering his swollen hands, the 78-year-old S… https://t.co/gpmZ2rf2YV“Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States has defended the dignity of human life everywhere and always… https://t.co/a1iS3yJbnEThe United States joined Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, and Uganda in signing the Geneva Consensus, a document… https://t.co/OhmpxLHzKAVice President Michael Pence, whose aides were at the center of the flare-up, did not attend the Senate vote that c… https://t.co/qAOkI2wgqeA second coronavirus outbreak hit the White House and led Trump’s chief of staff to declare, “We’re not going to co… https://t.co/bdAnXQpRchIn Rochester, New York, Susan B. Anthony’s gravestone was outfitted with a plastic shield in order to prevent damag… https://t.co/2N36OBdiEpAn NYPD officer was suspended without pay after he was filmed arguing with a passerby and using his police loudspea… https://t.co/tJrVuiHMy1
10/28
2020
In New York City, the group Jews for Trump caravanned through Times Square, blasted the Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.,… https://t.co/EfFOqdeLD2“Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States has defended the dignity of human life everywhere and always… https://t.co/wMFzjQ48blNYPD officers were filmed confiscating PPE offered by community activists outside an early-voting site in the Red H… https://t.co/XVgZrqNPfb“We believe in law and order. They believe in feelings. So if they feel uncomfortable with a rifle, they’re going t… https://t.co/aTgnrUTWC8Nigerian security forces have killed at least 56 peaceful protesters who were demanding the end of police brutality… https://t.co/TncTgFmALqWhen a new president is sworn in, they gets told a lot of secret stuff - launch codes, backup plans, etc. But one o… https://t.co/uHLju0FJPk
Retweeted by Harper's MagazineCourt documents revealed that the Trump Administration has not been able to reunite 545 migrant children with their… https://t.co/NdNkuAuna2"The Republicans no longer constitute a party in any intelligible sense: they forfeited their stature as a rational… https://t.co/CjY1ugBFiNFactor by which mainstream newspapers cite organizations that oppose climate action more often than those that supp… https://t.co/daw3u4mbEsEven before Lebanon’s financial crisis and the pandemic, two thirds of refugee families lived on less than three do… https://t.co/wYY0DnMFO9"A broken democracy such as the United States cannot survive four more years under a demagogue president. If any pr… https://t.co/SSFMm5Ew8R"Donald Trump's nature is to sow chaos and trust that chaos is his friend." https://t.co/cC5lSnGQOi"Calling someone a racist in 2020 inflicts as sure a wound, with as light a burden of proof, as calling someone a C… https://t.co/0IOBx6J7pePortion of Americans who think neither Joe Biden nor Donald Trump would make a good president : 1/4 https://t.co/MRcdwszbEC
10/27
2020
Portion of Americans who admit to not relying on the news sources they regard as the most trustworthy : 1/3 https://t.co/MRcdwshAg2Portion of Americans who have yet to complete a census form who say they would refuse to answer the door for a cens… https://t.co/YCG9PJAAcEPortion of U.S. adults who think it is probably or definitely true that the outbreak was planned by “powerful peopl… https://t.co/Vk5FSm40TPSpeechless after finishing this. Irreverent, witty, tragic https://t.co/3YocX6FnXd
Retweeted by Harper's Magazine"This is what I value in all the art I love: not a set of arguments and conclusions, not a message, but the shapes… https://t.co/vcFWwNUsuL @SethTisue @astradisastra Lots more wisdom to be found here in the full conversation featuring @astradisastrahttps://t.co/KzuQFbwuE9"I can read Sappho across millennia, Yukio Mishima across languages, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie across continents, an… https://t.co/o0c9XdCq8UEven if the prospective nightmare of Trump disrupting or ignoring the election goes away, the enemies briefcase wil… https://t.co/xucxMNshqg"To believe that art is irrelevant if it fails to reflect the life we want for ourselves and the world we want to l… https://t.co/QHlT8SsSdxIn 1977 Congress passed the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which empowers presidents to sanction coun… https://t.co/ikH5rbnHGg"It’s about the symbolism, the cultural meaning, the shared understanding that we can perform a commitment to one a… https://t.co/T2rC393dii
10/26
2020
“Alchemy” is a mystery word whose popularity is growing: you need the alchemy of protest to fight systemic racism. https://t.co/cC5lSnpfWK
10/25
2020
"The protests this summer led to conversations about antiracism across America. And the sensation of living between… https://t.co/2FZ391UX7NNumber of Americans who have become billionaires over the course of the pandemic : 24 https://t.co/MRcdwszbEC"Why is this the right project for this moment? these applications often ask. If I had a question like that on my m… https://t.co/5mP0cFRblo
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10/24
2020
"There was something exciting about returning to books that asked something of me. And they rewarded my investment… https://t.co/MEq75BMni5I’m Having Trouble with My Camera https://t.co/FiiBk95wgjWent deep on the meaning, utility and future of the vote with some esteemed thinkers and @Harpers. https://t.co/sSq8mKvr5h
Retweeted by Harper's MagazineAnother strong story from @wesenzinna, from inside an experiment in police abolition by activists and houseless peo… https://t.co/2hAnma3W0W
Retweeted by Harper's Magazine“'Systemic racism' suggests an involuntary, irremediable complicity in oppression for which every white person is a… https://t.co/GaUs1D8TdEPortion of Americans who have yet to complete a census form who say they would refuse to answer the door for a cens… https://t.co/HcphKZpdgqPortion of U.S. adults who think it is probably or definitely true that the COVID-19 outbreak was planned by “power… https://t.co/fxzdB48dIe"Of all the not-quite-right things that people think they know about Gaddis—that he is an obsolete postmodernist, t… https://t.co/kOTXgRcCQpPercentage by which Republicans are less likely than Democrats to say that health officials are handling the pandem… https://t.co/rHGKf0mkM2When the president decides to ignore it, the Constitution turns out to be “no more than a gentleman’s agreement.” https://t.co/3MzDHqo7uZIn the event of a national emergency on the grounds of national security, the president would have more than 120 st… https://t.co/NqrJraKWjr
10/23
2020
"Trump, never troubling to disguise his disregard for the law, is clearly no hypocrite. His evident lack of scruple… https://t.co/TTwaTvGDKDAverage factor by which countries led by men have had more COVID-19 deaths than countries led by women : 1.9 https://t.co/MRcdwszbEC
10/22
2020

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