Quite Linkly 11/8 – 11/14 2021

Hopeful Developments

Between the new nuclear renaissance and spectacular progress in renewable energy we are on the verge of a new golden age of cheap energy: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/09/business/rolls-royce-nuclear-power-uk.html

The lesson from this year’s elections is that to bring people out in off-off-years (or any other time) you have to give them something to vote for, not just count on them knowing you’re less monstrous than the other guys: https://jacobinmag.com/2021/11/november-2021-elections-socialist-progressives-wins





Fingers crossed Build Back Better manages to get across the finished line in some diminished form, but it may well just die now that the rest of the progressive caucus has abandoned the squad and given up their leverage by delinking it from the Infrastructure bill: https://jacobinmag.com/2021/11/the-squad-bipartisan-infrastructure-bill-congress-vote-progressives


Nicotine vaporizers eliminate the health risks of cigarettes but for some reason prohibitionists go after them at least as hard: https://clivebates.com/prohibitionists-at-work-how-the-who-damages-public-health-through-hostility-to-tobacco-harm-reduction/


Culture War

Some good stuff here about testing in schools, though marred by Ygelsias trying to blame everything on Teacher Unions: https://www.slowboring.com/p/critical-race-theory-and-actual-education



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