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Read In Case Of Emergency
A weekly newsletter on ethics, policy & society
From the Editors
Thanks for reading along with us this year! We have sought to bring you things worth thinking about and hope you have enjoyed them. This special holiday edition of RICOE features our favorite articles of the year, some new things written in the past few weeks, and a few from earlier in the year that (almost) got away.
New & Old Articles
Some are recent, some should have made it in during the past year
  • How Trump Lost an Evangelical Stalwart – Emma Green, The Atlantic – When  Christianity Today published an editorial calling for an end to the Trump administration, it was bound to make waves. Here, editor Mark Galli explains his thinking in conversation with the best religion reporter around. For those wondering if an editorial in a publication most Trump supporters don’t read really matters, we direct you to Michael Wear's newsletter.
  • The Rise of Progressive Occultism – Tara Isabella Burton, The American Interest – Why would Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez share her birth-time with an astrologer? Why would there be witches putting hexes on Brett Kavanaugh? Was Pat Robertson right all along?!

  • Having Kids – Paul Graham, Paul Graham – Having kids is great. Chances are, if you don’t believe me, you probably don’t have kids. As such, you need to read this reflection from one who once thought as you do, but has now had his brain completely altered by the presence of tiny humans.

  • What I Stand For Is What I Stand On – Jeffrey Bilbro, Plough – Wendell Berry’s essays have been collected and republished, providing an opportunity to look back at the evolution of his thought over nearly a half century. Operating outside of the partisan framework most everyone else seems trapped in, he calls us to reject the myth of autonomy and wisely grow rooted in a particular place. He is Wendell Berry, and he speaks for the dirt.

  • Another Hundred People – Tara Isabella Burton, Plough – Cities, the products of people, ostensibly or at least historically purposed for people, and obviously teeming with people, can nonetheless, and perhaps because of the people, be lonely places. But here is a new, or possibly old, and better way to experience cities.

Best of 2019
If you haven't read them yet, now's your chance
Best of Other

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Read In Case of Emergency is produced by Peter Gaultney, Zachary Holbrook, Matthew Loftus & Timothy Milligan.

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