What we’re reading

As usual, there is plenty to read this week. Here are few of our recommendations.

First up is this article in The New Yorker. One of the topics that fascinates me is subjectivity and objectivity. It is something I focus on in my Historical work. This thesis has allowed me to think further and deeper on the subject. Humans are always dehumanising each other, and we should understand the little ways in which we dehumanise each other every day. It makes life easier, but it cannot be good. On this theme, I watched some of the Donald Trump Impeachment Trial and I wondered to myself what Trump and his circle feel about those who have lost their lives as a result of Trump’s actions. There must be an element of dehumanisation active in order not to feel responsibility. Maybe dehumanisation is as a much a coping mechanism. Lots to think about here.

It is a bit of a paradox that the SNP is riding so high in the polls despite all the dramas they seem to be embroiled in. Holyrood magazine’s Mandy Rhodes is a great writer and I recommend following her and looking out for her podcast Politically Speaking.

In this piece she does a good job of challenging the leadership’s silence for members who are leaving the party now. Not too long ago, Nicola Sturgeon released a video to address some of the Trans rights activists leaving. However, nothing so far for other and, worst of all, not even a peep after Joanna Cherry was seriously threatened. There is bitterness eating away at some, if not all, of the factions within the SNP. Mandy’s article articulates the issues very well.

Finally, we’ve been obsessed with two online data resources. First of all, out UPS order has been held up by “Brexit related disruption” for weeks now. I cannot count the number of times a day I am checking the UPS tracking pages. Enough of my moaning though, we have been really fascinated with the Our World in Data Covid-19 vaccine data. User friendly and a valuable tool.

So, that is it for this week’s reading list. Enjoy!

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