Links: The death of Mark Shields; Comprehensive health insurance Freedom of expression

Political writer Mark Shields passed away last week. There were many acclaims, all of which focused not only on his sharp comment but also on how decent he was, and the fact that he cared, not intimidated, in encounters with people who saw the world through different lenses than those he used. This means that he was a liberal intellectual as well as a politician. Two years ago, when his sparring partner on PBS NewsHour, David Brooks, retired, Lovely Encomium Books.

There is nothing liberal about liberal billionaire Peter Thiel, who Elizabeth Duskin from The Washington Post Summary in a paper on Sunday, June 19. I knew some of this but not all of this, and I was particularly intrigued by the title of Thiel’s biography: opposite. huh? There is nothing contradictory in this ideology. This is what terrifies ideologists: their ideological framework balances all the complexities of life. In their work, no one hits a bump in the road, and it’s those bumps that make us human. He’s a 21st Century Ayn Rand born with huge money. how boring.

in Watchman, report on the cost of not having universal health insurance: A new study reports that the lack of such universal coverage in the United States has killed an additional 338,000 people during the pandemic and an additional $105 billion in health care costs. So, the next time someone says we can’t afford universal health insurance, point out that we can’t afford what we have, morally or financially.

in New York timesCoral Davenport takes a comprehensive and nuanced look at the potential danger to environmental protection, and other necessary government functions, represented by an upcoming Supreme Court decision in the case. West Virginia Fifth. Environmental Protection Agency. In this theatrical age, it is best to avoid the temptation to overestimate the stakes in our various political and cultural battles. In this case, to paraphrase a famous orator, an extreme in defense of common sense is no vice.

Politico It considers the challenges of changing newsroom cultures with a focus on the leadership of Sally Busby at The Washington Post, where she replaces Marty Barron in 2021. There is no way for democracy to function without a free press, and there are multiple dangers facing a free press today — some ideological, some financial, some cultural.

Similarly, the at . site Atlantic Ocean, Conor Friedersdorff looks at the recent struggle at Georgetown University Law School over the limits of free speech. Newly appointed Ilya Shapiro tweeted something undeniably stupid and insulting. He apologized and was fired, and the university investigated the matter. Shapiro ended up resigning but he also objected to an investigation by campus bureaucrats. The case raises serious issues about the direction of higher education. As health law researcher Greg Bloch told the Friedersdorf Foundation, “Fear of career-destroying backlashes to insulting words is chilling classroom discussions, faculty grants, and conversations among colleagues.”

in Catholic ChicagoCardinal Blas Kubisch gives some advice on preaching about the Trinity, and cites the book The vision of Catholic social thought: the virtue of solidarity and the practical application of human rights, by Megan Clark’s St John’s University Moral Theology. At a time when many turn religion into morality, it is fascinating to highlight the work of a theologian who understands the ways in which doctrinal truths are based on our moral teachings, and even more so when a bishop observes this work! I reviewed Clark’s wonderful book over here.