Medicare For Everyone Who Wants It is a lot more likely to actually become law, and a lot less likely to be successfully used by Republicans as a cudgel to spread fear of “Communism.”
And a combination of public and private works in Europe, and is the way many things works in the US (like libraries and schools), so I don’t know why some on the more extreme left consider that uncompromisable.
We had to read three books over the summer. They assigned four, and you had to read three, so there was a choice. 7th Grade, The Yearling, Captains Courageous, Swiss Family Robinson, and The Babe Ruth Story (Brother Louis was a baseball nut). I did read The Babe Ruth Story and The Yearling. The other two I started, but just couldn’t abide.
I’ve read Dante in several translation. Some are excellent, and some are awful. I also read some of Inferno in Italian (when I was younger and learned to read Italian, an ability that seems to have vanished with neglect), and it really was sharper.
It’s my understanding that Fitzgerald’s is so different he’s almost co-author. He selected the quatrains, arranged them, and was very free with his translation.
I didn’t read Silas Marner in high school – it wasn’t assigned. I read it when I was in my 60s, and liked it. But I also couldn’t figure out why they would assign such a thing to high school students.
But most of the things that I didn’t read when they were assigned in high school I’ve read since. And usually my judgement was right: they were pretty poor.
I was a voracious reader when I was kid, but could not read anything that was actually assigned to me. Nothing will drive a teacher crazier than a kid who skipped class because he was in the library.
Nobody has a right to give a speech on a college campus. That’s up to the college. They are under no obligation to give bigots a platform.
Internet companies are private companies and can forbid hate speech on their platform. That’s THEIR right to speech. If you want the Internet to be a public utility and bring back the Fairness Doctrine, I would actually agree, But as it is, they are private and under no obligation to allow all points of view, no more than a right-wing radio station is.
Boycotting? I can choose not to give my money to people whose values I find disgusting, thank you very much. You think boycotts are against freedom? John Schnatter was fired – the board CHOSE to fire him – because he was publicly toxic and liability to the company. Which was THEIR RIGHT.
Bernice, nobody is going to be mad that you got up to pee. Why do you think people will be?
The police CAUSE the violence. That’s what happens when you use force on peaceful protests. They stop being peaceful.
The Feds have withdrawn from Portland. And you know what? The protests have been peaceful since they weren’t their stoking anger.