Five Things You Need to Read Today

1. Jaw-Jaw Is Better Than War-War

I recently responded to a claim, reflecting the conventional wisdom of the Trump-era right, that “ideas and persuasion are insufficient” for the pitched culture war we are currently in. This is often expressed in the conviction that scribblers like me are useless because we do nothing but write op-eds.

But writing op-eds turns out to be something, and a pretty big something. I don’t just say that as someone who is inclined to believe that my particular hammer must be hitting a few nails. I now have scientific evidence to back it up.

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