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The Editorial Board’s business plan is as basic as you’d expect from a daily newsletter dedicated to serving normal people in plain English. The plan is one new subscriber at a time. Every day of the week, Sunday through Saturday, one new subscriber joining the board. This week’s been a slog. Can you help? Please, if you can, join us in defense of freedom, democracy and the common good. Thanks!


Here’s what subscribers are reading!

Lindsay Beyerstein writes about the GOP’s new catchphrase, “Let’s go, Brandon.” She explains why the coded message for “Fuck Joe Biden” tells us violence isn’t a result of MAGA politics. It is MAGA politics.

Rod Graham pushes the reset button on the debate over police reform. To begin, remember that police are “violence workers” mismatched with tasks requiring diplomacy, tact and nonviolence.

Magdi Semrau writes the authoritative article you have been waiting for about the Facebook Paper and how the world’s largest social media platform maximized profit by radicalizing ordinary human bigotry.

Ray Suarez writes about the many thousands of statues across the country that feature representations of principle and virtue. With these allegorical figures, what should their race be? It’s another side of national debate over public memorials that you haven’t thought of.

Mia Brett writes about the long history of antisemitism in the United States in order to push back against the belief, widely shared among white people, that antisemitism is a bug, not a feature of American life.

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

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