The Sift will come out slowly today. I spent a bunch of this week turning the themes of “The Distress of the Privileged” into a sermon for the First Unitarian Church of Athol, Massachusetts, which I presented yesterday. (The text will eventually show up on my religious blog Free and Responsible Search.) So I arrive at Monday morning with a lot less of the Sift done than I usually have.
Speaking of “Distress of the Privileged”, it was discovered by a new group of people this week and picked another 20,000 hits, running its total over 160K. (For comparison, “A Short History of Racism in the Two-Party System” did well by ordinary Weekly Sift standards, getting just under 1,500 hits in its first week.) I have fallen way behind in responding to comments on “Distress”, and I apologize.
Today’s main article (I’m still fiddling with the title) will be called something like “Repainting the Bubble”. This week I saw a lot of talk from the conservative pundit class about how the Republican Party is reforming itself and putting forward new faces and new ideas. Meanwhile, in the real world, a campaign to rally grass-roots paranoia stampeded 38 Republican senators into blocking ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities. The arguments against the CRPD treaty were entirely of the death-panels variety, so it’s clear that the inmates are still running the asylum in the GOP.
What was everybody talking about this week? The fiscal cliff, as always, but since any real action in the negotiations is secret, pundits are stretching for anything worthwhile to say about it. And Jim DeMint leaving the Senate with four years on his term, for none of the usual reasons. Plus, you can expect a better-than-normal collection of short notes, with some book recommendations.