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Andrew Sullivan on the Opioid Epidemic in America
This nation pioneered modern life. Now epic numbers of Americans are killing themselves with opioids to escape it.
america  culture  drugs  unitedstates  andrewsullivan  opiods  addiction  modernculture  modernlife 
april 2018 by brendanmcfadden
The Border Is All Around Us, and It’s Growing - The New York Times
For much of the United States’ history, national frontiers were fluid, expanding through territorial conquest and purchases. But at the start of the 20th century, as Arizona and New Mexico approached statehood and the country’s continental borders became stable, so did the desire to secure them and police them — first through congressional acts that prohibited immigration from certain countries and later through the building of fences and walls.
unitedstates  mexico  border  borders  immigration  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What Does It Take to ‘Assimilate’ in America? - The New York Times
What does assimilation mean these days? The word has its roots in the Latin ‘‘simulare,’’ meaning to make similar. Immigrants are expected, over an undefined period, to become like other Americans, a process metaphorically described as a melting pot. But what this means, in practice, remains unsettled. After all, Americans have always been a heterogeneous population — racially, religiously, regionally. By what criteria is an outsider judged to fit into such a diverse nation? For some, assimilation is based on pragmatic considerations, like achieving some fluency in the dominant language, some educational or economic success, some familiarity with the country’s history and culture. For others, it runs deeper and involves relinquishing all ties, even linguistic ones, to the old country. For yet others, the whole idea of assimilation is wrongheaded, and integration — a dynamic process that retains the connotation of individuality — is seen as the better model. Think salad bowl, rather than melting pot: Each ingredient keeps its flavor, even as it mixes with others.
america  unitedstates  immigration  assimilation  culture  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden

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