Faculty Writing: The Market Can’t Solve a Massacre

In Splinter Magazine, Patrick Blanchfield, reflecting on Senator Mike Rounds’ statement that children are “our greatest assets,” connects our odd reluctance to deal politically with the problem of gun violence to the market logic that underlies contemporary social and moral thinking. “There is a word to describe this state of affairs,” Blanchfield writes, “a word that describes both the way we’ve organized our current political and economic system, and the way we have let that system shape our social and emotional lives. That word is neoliberalism.”

Anjuli Raza Kolb‘s poem “@Allah” was published by the Poetry Foundation. A recollection of a grandfather, it asks “What is reverence anyway/who writes the reverence rules”?