4. After fabricating a story about how gangs were uniting to kill police officers, Baltimore police now maintain that Freddie Gray severed his own spine. (Also, conservative media really wants to believe that Freddie Gray had a pre-existing spinal injury.)
3. “When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time-out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con.”
1. “In other words, as the parties become more distant demographically and culturally, they become more distant on policy, too. And so voters of each party are being at least somewhat rational in their increased fear of the other party: a liberal Democrat actually has more to fear from the Republican Party of 2012 than she did from the Republican Party of 1980, and vice versa.”
1. Big supporters of same-sex marriage: The non-religious and other non-Christians (except Muslims and Hindus). Moderate supporters: Catholics, Orthodox, Hindus, and white mainline Protestants. Moderate opponents: Muslims and non-white Protestants. Big opponents: Jehovah’s Witness, Mormons, and white evangelical Protestants.
2. Moral game theory: People are more likely to punish if they can do it covertly.
3. Moral game theory: Proclaiming a moral position increases others’ punishments of one’s own transgressions.
4. Seyfarth and Cheney guest edit a special section on the evolution of social cognition (scroll down to the bottom of volume 103).
4. In the U.S., the word “populist” is lost in (issue) space. It can describe people who are in favor of civil rights for gays and immigrants as well as the segregationist George Wallace, both the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, and—yeah, sure, why not?—libertarians. For what it’s worth, people with lower socioeconomic status typically combine economic liberalism and discriminatory conservatism.
3. In the 1940s through the 1960s, bottom 90% incomes tripled while top 1% incomes were flat. In the 1970s through the early 1980s, all incomes were flat. Since then, top 1% incomes have tripled while bottom 90% incomes have remained flat.
7. “The dominant feature in the relationship between African Americans and their country is plunder, and plunder has made police authority an impossibility, and police power a necessity.” (And a related video.)