Author: Erik Loomis

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The Moral Meats

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On May 21, 2020
Since we are talking a lot about meat right now, Jonathan Safran Foer argues that eating meat is terrible. I don’t really want to reference Foer because I dislike his writing so much. But at the very least, it allows me to muse a bit on something I have thought about for a long time, […]

OSHA Reform

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On May 21, 2020

As we have seen throughout the COVID crisis, worker safety is a huge problem in this nation. One big reason for that is that corporations have gone full regulatory capture on OSHA. We need serious OSH

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One thing COVID-19 has done is make it a good time to discuss America’s ridiculous obsession with meat. The terrible conditions of the meatpacking plants that long predate the pandemic, but which we didn’t care enough to do about because we couldn’t see what was happening and didn’t really want to anyway. One of the […]
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Over the past few decades, the realities of slavery have become more central to the stories Americans are willing to tell themselves about the early history of their nation. The story of the Fugitive Slave Act, part of the Compromise of 1850, and the resistance to this has become one of the most told stories […]
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Buying Norma McCorvey

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On May 19, 2020
This is fascinating: When Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff in the landmark Roe vs. Wade case, came out against abortion in 1995, it stunned the world and represented a huge symbolic victory for abortion opponents: “Jane Roe” had gone to the other side. For the remainder of her life, McCorvey worked to overturn the law that bore […]

Music Notes

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On May 18, 2020

Let’s talk tunes! I didn’t really spend enough time last week talking about the life and impact of Little Richard. But you really need to read Bill Wyman on his astonishing life. Jason Isb

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