Pressures From Below

Silence never won rights. They are not handed down from above; they are forced by pressures from below. 

— Roger Baldwin

In this week’s sift:

  • Detention Without Trial. President Obama isn’t going to veto the NDAA after all. How big a problem is that?
  • Christopher Hitchens and the Politics of Atheism. I come to bury Hitchens, not to praise him. But all the same, there are some things you have to give him credit for.
  • Victoryish, and other short notes. What’s the right way to mark the end of the Iraq War? NPR can’t find the jobs that a millionaires’ tax would kill. Are co-ops the future? More Rick Perry parodies. Links to my holiday stories. And more.
  • Last week’s most popular post. In an extraordinarily slow week on the Sift, Perry and Parody was the most popular post with 107 views. (Whenever I have a low number to report, somebody always reminds me that around 300 people access the Sift in ways that don’t show up in these statistics.)
  • This week’s challenge. As you plan your holiday donations to charity, check out the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania. Don’t just give your money away, give it away as effectively as possible.
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