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The Candidates: Elizabeth Warren

The Daily

A profile of a politician like I’ve never heard it before. Michael Barbaro and the team at «The Daily» portray Elizabeth Warren in a wonderful, novel way and explain how she became the woman who is now running for president of the United States (and who would be, as she said yesterday, «the youngest woman ever inaugurated».

Published in Weekly Filet #281

The British are going to miss Europe

The Correspondent

Written before the election, no less applicable right after. An ode to Europe and an explanation why people struggle to feel European. «What makes Europe truly European are all those things that you don’t see when they’re all around and only notice when they’re not.»

Published in Weekly Filet #280

Seniors Are More Conservative Because the Poor Don’t Survive to Become Seniors

New York Magazine

«So it’s not just a matter of people naturally growing more conservative as they grow older. It’s also a matter of the wealthier — and more conservative — people surviving more often, and for longer.» – I have never thought of it from this perspective, but it makes an awful lot of sense. Would love to see a broader study that shows how (or not) this applies to other countries.

Published in Weekly Filet #276 In collection: Think Different

There Is Only One Trump Scandal

The Atlantic

More than a year into his presidency, not a week goes by without a troubling revelation about Trump or without him doing something that has you shake your head in disbelief (often both, actually, and multiple times). Here’s a way to wrap your head around the madness: «There are not many Trump scandals. There is one Trump scandal. Singular: the corruption of the American government by the president and his associates…»

Published in Weekly Filet #275

The Atlas Of Redistricting

FiveThirtyEight

If you’ve never heard of gerrymandering or never quite understood what it means, this is the place to start (and it really is an important issue you should be aware of). If you do, however, know what gerrymandering is, this is a great piece to go deep and explore in detail how re-drawing districts in various ways affects long term winning probabilities.

Published in Weekly Filet #263

Pro-Neutrality, Anti-Title II

Stratechery

The trouble with filter bubbles, we often hear, is that they give us more of what we know and like, and create ideological silos by shielding us from opposing views. I don’t think this is entirely true. We do get to see opposing views, but through the lens of people who share our beliefs. And thus we hardly ever get the opposing side’s best arguments. So, as a strong believer in net neutrality, stumbling upon this keen case against it was refreshing.

Published in Weekly Filet #258