Anna Dubenko, in the New York Times, reminds us that, as critical thinkers, it is important to find well-respected voices on both the left and the right of any particular issue. Because of today’s fast-paced and divisive news cycle, that isn’t always easy. So, she has provided links to recommended articles from both sides of current issues, as well as a few from the center: Go to the article to read Dubenko’s complete rundown.
From the Right
• From National Review on the Supreme Court hearings: To smear Neil Gorsuch, the Left has created and attacked a straw man.” [Remember that a straw man is a logical fallacy. See the explanation in Praxis.]
• From The Weekly Standard on immigration: “It is easier to decide who we don’t want here than who we do.”
• From The Federalist about the alt-right movement: “You thought Bane was a movie character; turns out he’s a political avatar.”
From the Left:
• From Jacobin on the Supreme Court hearings: “Originalist textualists are no less activist than their peers. They’re just less open about it.”
• From In These Times on the Trump administration: “Heritage isn’t an appendage of the Trump administration’s radicalism. It’s the heart of it.”
From New Republic on Trump’s relationship with the media: “In declaring the media the ‘opposition party,’ Bannon may have actually done it a great favor.”
From the Center
• From Lawfare on various judges who have offered responses to Trump’s immigration ban: “Why are so many judges being so aggressive here?”
Some things to do/to discuss after reading the articles Dubenko suggests:
- Why would one want to read editorials and articles written by credible writers you disagree with?
- Pick another issue and find a conservative, a liberal, and a centrist opinion on that issue. Discuss the differences in their arguments. Are the writers at stasis [see the section on stasis in Praxis.]