Jan. 6 was worse than we knew Editorial Board New York Times October 2, 2021
In the days before the mob descended on the Capitol, a corollary attack — this one bloodless and legalistic — was playing out down the street in the White House, where Mr. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and a lawyer named John Eastman huddled in the Oval Office, scheming to subvert the will of the American people by using legal sleight-of-hand.
America’s 50,000 monuments: More mermaids than congresswomen, more Confederates than abolitionists Gillian Brockell Washington Post October 6, 2021
Of the men on the top 50 list, more than half were enslavers. Twelve were generals, 11 presidents and four Catholic saints or missionaries. Four were leaders of the Confederacy. Three men in the top 50 are men of color: King, Tecumseh and Frederick Douglass.
Charles W. Mills, philosopher of race and liberalism, dies at 70 Clay Risen New York Times September 27, 2021
He argued that white supremacy was a feature of the Western political tradition, and that racism represented a political system as intentional as liberal democracy.
The City of London Is hiding the world’s stolen money Nicholas Shaxson New York Times Oct. 11, 2021
Pandora Papers: Featured articles International Consortium of Investigative Journalists October 4, 2021
See articles including: Offshore havens and hidden riches of world leaders and billionaires exposed in unprecedented leak; Suspect foreign money flows into booming American tax havens on promise of eternal secrecy; How America’s largest law firm drives global wealth into tax havens;
Pandora Papers: Reporting from the Washington Post Washington Post 3, 2021
See articles including: Global hunt for looted treasures leads to offshore trusts; Secret trove illuminates the lives of billionaires buying influence, avoiding taxes and owning yachts; Rogue Americans stashed assets offshore, eluding victims and impeding investigators.
(Certainly governments, corporations and other organizations do take actions to reduce harm or otherwise improve the lives of the people. This is often, even typically, the result of political action by citizens. This post gives examples.)
International Criminal Court authorizes investigation into bloody Philippine drug war led by Duterte Regine Cabato Washington Post September 17, 2021 Amazon’s warehouse rules lead lawmakers to press for worker protections Jay Greene Washington Post September 10, 2021
Concerns about the high injury rate at Amazon’s warehouses are leading policymakers to push for legislative and regulatory reforms that limit the e-commerce giant’s ability to use performance metrics.