June 12, 2021 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
GOP loves the filibuster because they love gridlock • the covid didn’t come from a Chinese lab • the world Title IX made for us • who’s afraid of critical race theory? • plus John Stoehr’s week
The weekend edition of the Editorial Board!
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 weekender features Magdi Semrau on why congressional gridlock is just what the Senate Republicans want; Lindsay Beyerstein on where the coronavirus really came from (not a Chinese lab); Claire Bond Potter on the world that Title IX made for us to live in; and Mia Brett on why critical race theory is nothing to be afraid of.
This week featured me, too. Here’s what you may have missed:
• Monday June 7, 2021
When treason is profitable, it’s legitimate. Read more
• Tuesday June 8, 2021
‘Giuliani tape’ is reminder the Republicans would conspire with foreign leaders to defeat Democrats Read more
• Wednesday June 9, 2021
At the heart of ‘the culture war’? Lies Read more
• Thursday June 10, 2021
How the press corps severs public debate from the constraints of history, creating space for real harm Read more
• Friday June 11, 2021
What does a democratic society do with people who’d rather die than be wrong about democracy? Read more
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On that note, here’s the weekend edition …
June 11, 2021
Who’s afraid of critical race theory? After reading this essay, hopefully you’ll see it isn’t scary at all
By Mia Brett
People often believe it’s an overly theoretical study without concrete evidence, writes Editorial Board member Mia Brett. In reality, CRT is often based on the study of statistics, laws and legal cases (about as concrete as you can get).
June 10, 2021
By Claire Bond Potter
Not all complaints against Yale law professors Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld claim discrimination and harassment, writes Editorial Board member Claire Bond Potter. But connecting the dots among those that do reveals a world Title IX made.
June 10, 2021
If there’s a disease outbreak, there’s a conspiracy theory to explain it. Trump’s playing an old game
By Lindsay Beyerstein
It’s hard to accept that random mutations in lowly horseshoe bats upended human civilization for over a year, writes Editorial Board member Lindsay Beyerstein. It’s easier, cognitively and emotionally, to blame enemies for our woes.
June 8, 2021
By Magdi Semrau
Democratic policies are popular on a national level. Republican policies are not. Republicans know this, which is one among their reasons for maintaining a dysfunctional Congress, writes Editorial Board member Magdi Semrau.
John Stoehr is the editor of the Editorial Board. He writes the daily edition. Find him @johnastoehr.