The Daily Populous

Tuesday February 14th, 2023 evening edition

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A wave of Republican enthusiasm for banning concepts, authors and books is sweeping across the United States.

The College Board chose to remove these authors and subjects from its curriculum, claiming, as it turns out dubiously, that it did so independently of Florida’s pressure.

It is frequently claimed by proponents of such laws that banning discussion of structural racism and intersectionality is freeing schools of indoctrination.

Celebrating the banning of authors and concepts as “freedom from indoctrination” is as Orwellian as politics gets.

The authors targeted by these laws do not just theorize about problematic structures – their work is also essential for understanding solutions.

More generally, these laws make it illegal to teach students about how to form social movements to challenge dominant interests and structures.

The media’s portrayal of these laws as moves in the “culture wars” is an unconscionable misrepresentation of fascism. »

Friends in Need: What the War in Ukraine Has Revealed About Alliances - Stephen Walt

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The way NATO has done so has also revealed much about both the alliance’s virtues and its enduring pathologies.

Above all, the invasion of Ukraine and its aftermath show that leaders court disaster if they fail to understand why alliances form and how they work.

Despite NATO’s swift response, the war in Ukraine has demonstrated the need for a new transatlantic division of labor. »

Super bowl ads: AOC attacks Jesus ‘he gets us’ commercial

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New York Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter during the Super Bowl to slam two of the ads shown during the game by religious conservatives.

The ads show Jesus as an immigrant, a refugee, a women’s rights advocate, and as someone fighting racial injustice and corruption in politics.

“Something tells me Jesus would *not* spend millions of dollars on Super Bowl ads to make fascism look benign,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Sunday night. »