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The age of vitriol by Edward Luce: “Like other movements, the alt-right holds conferences, gives speeches and feeds the metastasising online world of white nationalist news sites. But its real fuel is anonymous trolling. To skim the average comments section is to be cured of any illusions about Socratic democracy. Someone quipped that Trump’s candidacy was like the “comments section running for president”. Twitter is the comments section run amok. It is also where memes get the biggest bang for their buck.”

How the ‘Losers’ in America’s Trade Policies Got Left Behind by Alana Semuels: “Economists have repeatedly said that trade deals create winners and losers. Yet despite this known dichotomy, America has done little to help the disaffected people across the country whose livelihoods have disappeared.”

The culture warrior model on display by Michael Sean Winters: “As long as I stay more focused on my sins, I am a more credible witness of the Gospel to those Catholics who, like me, don’t measure up. I am grateful ours is not a smaller and purer church because I am sure I would be left on the outside. But, the Lord Jesus has, time and time again, left the 99 to come looking for me. And that means he is looking for Pelosi, Biden, Kennedy and Kaine too. The shepherds of the church who also go searching for those of us who keep getting lost, Pope Francis first among them, are those who are following the example of Jesus.”

Here’s to Those Who Died Reporting the News You Didn’t Read by Wyatt Massey: “The internet provides an unlimited pool of information. Our society is growing more globalized, and knowing what is going on in the world has never been easier. Where we choose to click and what we choose to read matters. Collecting these stories cost some people their lives. Why not honor that sacrifice?”

Transgender debates require distinction between theory and people by Austen Ivereigh: “When I invited two transgender Catholics to speak at a briefing recently for Catholic Voices in London, the most important thing I learned was that you have to start by listening to their experience.”

U.S. Parents Are Sweating And Hustling To Pay For Child Care by Maureen Pao: “A new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that nearly one-third of parents who have a fee for child care say the cost has caused a financial problem for their household — and of those, more than 70 percent said it is a somewhat or very serious problem. And no wonder: The average cost of day care in the U.S. — $9,589 per year — edges out the average cost of in-state college tuition at $9,410, according to a recent report from New America, a think tank in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with, an online resource that connects families and caregivers.”

The Heart Beat by Elizabeth Dias: “The moment he emerged on the papal balcony, Pope Francis became a defining story of this age: pope for the poor, for the developing world, a priest with an uncommon feel for the common man. Now, three years into a Francis papacy, we are used to his style—we expect him to surprise, to lead from the margins.”

This election has made Americans angry and sick. Here’s how we can recover. by Michael Wear and Carolyn Davis: “If the dream of American democracy is to survive, we need a re-imagined politics that is motivated and nourished by values that supersede politics itself.”

The Catholic vs. libertarian debate continues by Michael Sean Winters: “When the Vatican condemned certain types of liberation theology, it wasn’t because the liberation theologians practiced bad economics, but because they substituted bad theological anthropology for good. The Acton crowd has never really grasped that or else they would realize that if the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith were so inclined, they could dust off their statements on liberation theology from the 1980s, cut, copy and paste with a few changes, and apply it to the writings of Gregg and his libertarian fifth columnists.”

Bring Syria’s Assad and his backers to account now by John Allen and Charles Lister: “The credibility of the United States as the leader and defender of the free world must be salvaged from the horrific devastation of Syria. It is not too late to enforce international law and norms.”

Peter Thiel and the Authoritarian-Libertarian Alliance for Trump by Jonathan Chait: “Ryan, Grover Norquist, the Wall Street Journal editorial page, the Koch brothers, and other advocates of the traditional party economic agenda have given him at least muted support. Economic libertarianism contains an intrinsic fear of the majority using the ballot box to redistribute resources from the few to the many. That terror is the basis of Ayn Rand’s novels, which inspired Paul Ryan’s career in public life.”

Physician-Assisted Suicide Comes to Colorado by Anna Keating: “It is no wonder that disability activists, the poor and racial minorities are the most vocal opponents of physician-assisted suicide. They will be offered this “option” first.”

Tech is Not Value Neutral by Eric Sundrup, S.J.: “As more and more of our information and news is filtered through Apple, Google, Twitter and Facebook, we should demand honesty and transparency to enable informed dialogue about the effects these information gateways have on public discourse.”

What the non-culture warrior prelates have to say: Cardinal Wuerl and Bishop Flores at Notre Dame by  Michael Sean Winters: “What these two texts show is that it is possible to engage the world critically without scolding, to discern without condemnation, and to talk about the state of the church without making the realm of politics the center of the discussion.”

We live in Aleppo. Here’s how we survive. by Omair Shaaban: “After all that — the beatings, the airstrikes, the war, the bombings — I want to live in a free Aleppo. I want to stay here, where I was born, all my life. It’s my right.”