August 21, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes

Bad civic health, our planet’s future is hot, the ‘personal responsibility’ con, school board wars, plus John Stoehr’s week

The weekend edition of the Editorial Board.

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Editor’s note: the previous email did not contain the correct headline. I regret the error. –JS

Welcome to the weekend edition of the Editorial Board, where you will find a roundup of everything produced over the last week by our amazing stable of writers.

This week featured me, too. Here’s what you may have missed. (Reminder: I send my stuff out every weekday around lunchtime. There is no paywall for my stuff. This is an effort by the Editorial Board to rebuild the public square and the common good. Contributions to the Editorial Board from other writers are behind a pay wall.)

• August 20, 2021
By centering ‘choice’ over obligation, the press enables a political minority to literally steal a political majority’s freedoms Read more

• August 19, 2021
Biden’s ‘mistake’ wasn’t about Afghans. It was about ‘allowing’ Americans to see the profound failure of America’s elites Read more

• August 18, 2021
Afghan democracy was a ‘grand illusion.’ So is the Republicans’ concern about terrorism Read more

• August 17, 2021
The 20-year militarization of our borders has failed like the 20-year military occupation of Afghanistan. Let’s end both Read more

• August 16, 2021
The withdrawal from Afghanistan is complex and messy. It’s making partisans say silly things Read more

Reminder: Subscribers who can’t wait for the weekend edition can visit the website or follow me on Twitter, where I post material fresh daily and talk politics and trash: @johnastoehr. Any material I did not write is behind a pay wall and is reserved for subscribers only. So please … don’t miss out! Support the Editorial Board and its mission to rebuild civil society and restore the common good! —JS

Here’s the weekend edition …

August 19, 2021

Teri Carter: School board member in rural Kentucky: ‘I have never experienced so much hate’


August 19, 2021

Magdi Semrau: I had Tuberculosis. My experience with the public health system taught me ‘personal responsibility’ isn’t enough to protect society


August 18, 2021

Mia Brett: We can recycle to our heart’s content, but without large-scale government action, we’ll never get climate change under control


August 17, 2021

Rev. Daniel Schultz: The battle over race is the cancer afflicting American civic health


John Stoehr is the editor of the Editorial Board. He writes the daily edition. Find him @johnastoehr.

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