Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor — But Only If Housing Is Available – This article contrasts a poor, black, single mother who has a housing voucher but cannot find anyone to accept it within an hour-and-a-half of her job, with an upper-class, white, stay-at-home mother who is working to keep people with vouchers out of her neighborhood because she is worried about them “stereotyping” her or something. Wow.
“Motivated ignorance” is ruining our political discourse – “This is a key point that many people miss when discussing the ‘fake news’ or ‘filter bubble’ problem in our online media ecosystems. Avoiding facts inconvenient to our worldview isn’t just some passive, unconscious habit we engage in. We do it because we find these facts to be genuinely unpleasant. And as long as this experience remains unpleasant, and easy to avoid, we’re just going to drift further and further apart.”
How I Discovered That My Dad Is a Right-Wing Conspiracy Theorist – “I call my mother immediately afterward. And in a quick minute, I learn exactly what’s wrong with our country. ‘Ma, I just had the weirdest conversation with my father, you will not fucking believe it.’ And my mother, who votes every time, who organizes, who’s super-informed, has never even heard of Pizzagate. I fear that we have no chance of moving forward if my father can get that far down a rabbit hole my mother doesn’t even know exists.”