Worth reading April 7-11

Haven’t done one of these in awhile or Tumbled much of late. Hopefully that’ll change in a couple of weeks. In the meantime: 

1. “Jonathan Chait, race, and Obama’s presidency” by Jamelle Bouie (Slate)

“What’s odd about the argument is that Chait clearly shows the extent to which conservatism—even if it isn’t ‘racist’—works to entrench racial inequality through ‘colorblindness’ and pointed opposition to the activist state. But rather than take that to its conclusion, he asks us to look away.”

2. “Five parts of Stephen Colbert’s fictional persona he should bring to ‘The Late Show’” by Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post)

“The portion of the show dedicated to politics overall and cable news in particular will probably have to shrink on CBS, where Colbert will be making a general-interest show rather than a very particularized critique. But the perspective can still be his, even if it’s expressed differently. And Colbert’s liberalism seems like a reasonably durable draw. CBS should have the guts to let him keep it.”

3. “The Border Patrol has a big problem with excessive force” by Dara Lind (Vox)

“But there’s just no public evidence of Border Patrol ever disciplining its employees for excessive use of force. When the Arizona Republic looked into the 42 Border Patrol killings, it couldn’t find public record of any of those agents being disciplined.”

4. “The CIA and the Moral Sunk Costs of the Torture Program” by Paul Waldman (The American Prospect

“Because if it didn’t work, what are they? They’re monsters. They transgressed one of humanity’s most profound moral injunctions, for nothing. And no one wants to believe that about themselves.”

5. “The war against American citizens” by Katrina vanden Heuvel (The Washington Post)

“Conversations about court rulings and policy proposals can obscure what’s really at stake: the well-being of the American people. The Court and Cuomo gave the 1 percent even more opportunities to, effectively, buy the kind of access to elected officials that most voters and small donors could never dream of. The weakening of campaign finance laws tracks with the widening income gap, as the wealthiest have secured policies, from lower taxes to deregulation — that enrich themselves at the expense of everybody else.”

It’s absurd to think that the only possible form of oppression comes from government, but a billionaire born to a millionaire would likely think that. He’s [Charles Koch] never had to work for anyone. He’s never been subjected to the tyranny of the workplace or the shackles of poverty. That experience tends to give you a different perspective on what “freedom” actually means.
I’m afraid I’ll never finish college. I’m afraid I’ll finish college with student loans I can never pay back. I’m afraid I’ll get a degree and won’t be able to find a job in that field. I’m afraid I’ll get a degree, get the job I dreamed of, and hate it.
A Mental Illness Happy Hour listener whose list of fears matches mine four for four. Glad I’m not the only one.
(via mcmexican)