5/24/2019

ESSENTIAL #1: “THERESA MAY TO RESIGN AS U.K. PRIME MINISTER” THE NEW YORK TIMES

From the article: “Mrs. May said on Friday that she would step down as leader of the Conservative Party and then as Britain’s prime minister, after repeatedly failing to get her Brexit plan through Parliament.”

ESSENTIAL #2: “THE AMERICAN SOLIDARITY PARTY IS A THIRD PARTY THAT ACTUALLY MAKES SENSE” MATTHEW WALTHER, THE WEEK

From the article: “It is a curious thing then that only now, in the twilight of the movement in Europe, are we seeing anything like an attempt to create a proper vehicle for Christian Democratic principles in the United States. The American Solidarity Party was founded in 2011 as a curious alliance between criminal justice reformers, ecologically minded conservatives, disaffected labor activists, and radical pro-lifers. Its motto is "Common Good, Common Ground, Common Sense." Though it has nominated two presidential candidates and taken part in other elections in states ranging from Californa to New Jersey, Chuck Adams, now servinghis second term as the city attorney of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is the only public member of the ASP currently holding political office.”

ESSENTIAL #3: “THE IMPOSSIBLE FUTURE OF CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST” EMMA GREEN, THE ATLANTIC

From the article: “The precarious state of Christianity in Iraq is tragic on its own terms. The world may soon witness the permanent displacement of an ancient religion, and an ancient people. Those indigenous to this area share more than faith: They call themselves Suraye and claim a connection to the ancient peoples who inhabited this land long before the birth of Christ.   

But the fate of Christianity in places like the Nineveh Plain has a geopolitical significance as well. Religious minorities test a country’s tolerance for pluralism; a healthy liberal democracy protects vulnerable groups and allows them to participate freely in society. Whether Christians can survive, and thrive, in Muslim-majority countries is a crucial indicator of whether democracy, too, is viable in those places. In Iraq, the outlook is grim, as it is in other nations in the region that are home to historic Christian populations, including Egypt, Syria, and Turkey. Christians who live in these places are subject to discrimination, government-sanctioned intimidation, and routine violence.”

ESSENTIAL #4: “JOSH HAWLEY VERSUS THE ARISTOCRACY” MICHAEL BRENDAN DOUGHERTY, NATIONAL REVIEW

From the article: “Hawley made his bid for describing the politics of our time as a conflict. On one side a vulnerable middle class, and middle America. On the other, an entrenched and self-serving elite class that is engaged in a moral and political secession from their countrymen.

After years of sacrifice, the great American middle is being pushed aside by a new, arrogant aristocracy. The new aristocrats seek to remake society in their own image: to engineer an economy that works for the elite but few else, to fashion a culture that is dominated by their own preferences.

When they think of helping their fellow citizens, they think of making everyone else more like themselves. And Washington — Washington has just gone along. This town has embraced a politics of elite values and elite ambition rather than building opportunities to thrive in the great and broad American middle.”