What I’m Reading Today – August 23, 2017

By | August 23, 2017

Something to cheer you up: What Would A U.S. Civil War Look Like? – oilprice.com – The author believes the next American Civil War will be an urban vs rural affair.

Freedom for the Speech We Hate: The Legal Ins and Outs of the Right to Protest – The Rutherford Institute – The money quote:

Indeed, we should be encouraging people to debate issues and air their views. Instead, by muzzling free speech, we are contributing to a growing underclass of Americans—many of whom have been labeled racists, rednecks and religious bigots—who are being told that they can’t take part in American public life unless they “fit in.”

Remember, the First Amendment acts as a steam valve. It allows people to speak their minds, air their grievances and contribute to a larger dialogue that hopefully results in a more just world. When there is no steam valve to release the pressure, frustration builds, anger grows and people become more volatile and desperate to force a conversation.

Designing a Megacity for Mental Health – CityLab – There are lessons here for city planners, one of which is that it is not necessary to plan everything, but to build a framework that allows neighborhoods to develop organically.

Majority of U.S. Minorities Regret a Key Education Decision – Gallup – It seems that Blacks and Hispanics are less likely to complete their college degree, so it is no wonder these groups have higher levels of regret about higher education decisions.