Around the Web (Part 1)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Yoga pants and Catholic social teaching by Stephen Schneck: “Traditional church teachings have some issues with markets. The biggest is with the way that market forces interact with and shape our values. This happens in both direct and indirect ways. Some values actually seem to be directly generated by market forces. Think here on Pope Francis’ many arguments about materialism, self-focus, and greed. More subtly and indirectly, though, markets also encourage us to look at everything else in market terms. Truth is decided by the free market of ideas. Human life in all of its stages is objectified and traded like a commodity. Ditto with human labor. What is good or right becomes viewed not as something sacred or eternal; it’s something that can change, like fashion.”

Republicans might actually be willing to do something about climate change by Justin Talbot-Zorn: “At this make-or-break moment for curbing emissions, we need to accept an inconvenient truth: It’s impossible to solve the climate crisis without winning conservatives to the cause. Believe it or not, this shouldn’t be reason for despair.”

Drug Overdoses Propel Rise in Mortality Rates of Young Whites by NY Times: “Drug overdoses are driving up the death rate of young white adults in the United States to levels not seen since the end of the AIDS epidemic more than two decades ago — a turn of fortune that stands in sharp contrast to falling death rates for young blacks, a New York Times analysis of death certificates has found.The rising death rates for those young white adults, ages 25 to 34, make them the first generation since the Vietnam War years of the mid-1960s to experience higher death rates in early adulthood than the generation that preceded it.”

To Be Happier, Start Thinking More About Your Death by Arthur Brooks: “Paradoxically, this meditation on death is intended as a key to better living. It makes disciples aware of the transitory nature of their own physical lives and stimulates a realignment between momentary desires and existential goals. In other words, it makes one ask, ‘Am I making the right use of my scarce and precious life?’”

From MLK to Ferguson: Catholic identity and the struggle for racial justice by John Gehring: “Ralph McCloud, director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the U.S. bishops’ anti-poverty program, stresses that the past should be acknowledged, but new challenges require a different kind of commitment and creativity.”

All Flint’s children must be treated as exposed to lead by Kristi Tanner: “In order to address the public health crisis in Flint, every Flint child under 6 years of age — 8,657 children, based on an analysis of Census data — should be considered exposed to lead. The direction came earlier this week from the doctor who forced the state to acknowledge Flint’s lead problem and the state itself. The exposure began in April 2014 after the city switched from using Detroit’s water system, which pumps water out of Lake Huron, to its own treatment plant, which drew water from the Flint River.”

The Far-Right Revival: A Thirty-Year War? by Evan Osnos: “The far-right revival has largely caught the American public by surprise, but it should not have. After Timothy McVeigh, a supporter of the Patriot movement, carried out the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City, in 1995, killing a hundred and sixty-eight people, including nineteen children, domestic radicalism declined. But the McVeigh stigma around the Patriots was not permanent. By 2009, Daryl Johnson, a domestic-terrorism analyst at the Department of Homeland Security, was warning that a slumping economy and the election of the first black President was being used to fuel anti-government sentiment and “the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone-wolf extremists.” But his report, titled “Right-Wing Extremism,” attracted fierce criticism from Republican lawmakers and conservative commentators, who said it unfairly described legitimate grievances.”

When Beauty Strikes by David Brooks: “This is the view that beauty is a big, transformational thing, the proper goal of art and maybe civilization itself. This humanistic worldview holds that beauty conquers the deadening aspects of routine; it educates the emotions and connects us to the eternal.”