11/09/2018

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11.09.2018 | The Editors

ESSENTIAL #1: “‘EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO BE GOOD’: TEN THESES ON THE BIBLE, POVERTY AND JUSTICE” MATTHEW LOFTUS, MERE ORTHODOXY

From the article: “Liberal society in the West today primarily thinks of justice in terms of positive or negative rights (usually more of the latter than the former, especially among right-wing classical liberals). However, this is an anemic standard of justice; throughout the Bible we encounter a vision of judgment and justice that certainly includes not depriving others of what they deserve, but more fundamentally envisions a society in which our relationships with God and one another are whole and our actions towards one another and God are righteous. Biblical justice is not merely the absence of rights-violations in a society, but it is the inclusion of all people in that society in a life of righteous behavior and true worship. A just society, then, is one in which the powers that society possesses are used to direct people towards righteous and just behavior rather than merely catching violations of rights after the fact.”

ESSENTIAL #2: “SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG FRACTURES 3 RIBS” SARAH LYNCH BALDWIN, CBS NEWS

From the article: “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs on her left side during a fall Wednesday evening in her office, the Supreme Court said Thursday. The 85-year-old was admitted to a hospital for observation and treatment, according to a Supreme Court news release.”

ESSENTIAL #3: “FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE PENDING FURTHER IMPACT REVIEW” PETER WEBER, THE WEEK

From the article: “Late Thursday, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana temporarily blocked President Trump's order approving the Keystone XL pipeline and issued an injunction against construction of the $8 billion project, ruling that the Trump administration had failed to justify its approval for the permit. This is victory for environmentalists and Native American groups, and a setback for pipeline owner TransCanada, other oil interests, and Trump.”

ESSENTIAL #4: “‘WHEN MILLENNIALS BATTLE BOOMERS OVER HOUSING” MIMI KIRK, CITYLAB

From the article: “The Baby Boomer/Millennial housing mismatch is well known: As Boomers age, an upcoming glut of suburban and exurban homes will stand empty and unwanted, leaving both generations at a loss. Downsizing empty-nesters won’t find buyers, because Millennials want smaller homes or condos in or nearer to the city, not big four-bedroom Colonials with yards. And younger adults won’t be able to afford such single-family abodes because urban housing has become too pricey.     

There’s another angle to this story, and it implicates Boomers in the priciness. Randy Shaw, homeless advocate and director of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic, has penned a new book, Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America, that examines how urban Boomer homeowners, in their quest to fend off “density” (and apartment renters) in their neighborhoods, have consistently—and incredibly successfully—blocked the construction of affordable housing. Such NIMBYism has hindered the building of more housing in areas desirable to Millennials, keeping stock low, prices high, and younger, less-affluent residents—as well as the working and middle classes more broadly—out.”

Editors