A few links for your Sunday morning:
On the anniversary of last summer’s Unite the Right rally, Adam Harris of The Atlantic points out that the University of Virginia has a long history of racism. Kudos to former University President Teresa Sullivan for commissioning the report discussed in the article – more American institutions should uncover this history and consider ways to make things right.
Also in The Atlantic, Caitlin Flanagan writes that that “leftism” is “on the decline – and vulnerable” because Jordan Peterson is popular among right wingers and misogynists. Peterson, a Canadian professor, thinks women who wear makeup to work should expect sexual harassment because painting their lips red and applying rouge simulates sexual stimulation. This generated a series of great responses: “Willfully Mistaking Derision for Fear” from Scott Lemieux at Lawyers, Guns and Money; “The Left’s Contempt for Jordan Peterson is Perfectly Rational” from Eric Levitz at New York Magazine; and “Caitlin Flanagan Loves Jordan Peterson. As Is To Be Expected.” from Echidne at Echidne of the Snakes. This last includes a link to Echidne’s review of Peterson’s self-help book, which includes such banal advice as “stand up straight with your shoulders back” and “clean your room.”
Finally, some good news: Federal courts have blocked, at least temporarily, construction on the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines in Virginia. Part of the problem: regulators ignore or change environmental rules to allow these kinds of projects to go forward and government subsidizes these projects by forcing property owners to permit access to their land. These firms would never construct these pipelines if they had to pay the true cost, including land acquisition. I wonder where Martha Boneta stands on this.