Weekly Links January 24th-31st 2014

“The founding political ideals of our country are, as ideals, some of the most admirable in history. They set a high moral standard, one that in the past we have failed even to approximate. We must not let their majestic glow blind us to the possibility that now is not so different from then. The gap between American ideals and American reality may remain just as cavernous as our nation’s troubled history suggests.”

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/12/is-the-united-states-a-racial-democracy/

If only politics looked a little more like this

http://jamesshelley.net/2014/01/my-political-campaign-platform/

How controlling what we fear (and what we do not fear) can have far-reaching practical implications

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/fifty-states-of-fear/

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