Good morning, fellow Citizen.
Welcome to the fourth issue of No Easy Answers, a curated newsletter for curious, courageous Citizens. Our goal here is to find meaningful signal in a world full of noise, and to think more clearly about the issues of our time.
Here are this week's stories.
First up, a pair of stories from Isaac Saul about the ongoing racial/policing strife in Minnesota.
This is one of those issues where the culture war is eating us alive. On one side, you have the loudest voices calling for the total abolition of police, while on the other, you have people who refuse to acknowledge that there's a problem. As our culture grows more tribal and polarized, it's increasingly difficult not to get sucked into the dogma of one side or the other.
All of this is to say Isaac Saul is doing the Lord's work with his Tangle newsletter. His two pieces this week on the tragic death of Daunte Wright truly, genuinely grapple with the unrelentingly complexity of American policing. There are no easy, comfortable answers in this quagmire, which is why these simplistic culture war narratives are so dangerous. Unless we collectively start wading through the murky waters of complexity, we won't be able to build the world we want. There will be no solutions. Just empty slogans.
I don't even know where to start with this one. It's one of the most wide-ranging, fascinating podcast episodes I've ever listened to. After getting through its near 4-hour runtime (yes, really), I felt compelled to go back and listen again. It's that good.
We're living through multiple revolutions in technology, media, finance, and global order. Few people are as tuned into these transformations as Balaji. For anyone who's trying to understand what comes next, and work to make sure the future is better than the present, this conversation will introduce you to dozens of fascinating rabbit holes that you can subsequently follow.
Let's wrap up this week with something a little lighter. Personally, I'm spending more of my social media time on twitter these days, as I find it more enjoyable and engaging than other platforms. But it takes some work to turn twitter into a delightful space, as it's kinda toxic by default. Which is where these rules come in handy.
All of this advice is good and worthwhile, but the most important rule is the first one. When I initially got into twitter, the goal was "building an audience." Frankly, that approach killed my soul. But these days, my aim is simply to find people I vibe with and make internet friends. And lemme tell you, when that's your intention, twitter (and probably the rest of the internet, too) gets a lot more fun and rewarding.
Thanks for reading. Hope you found something here that helps you make sense of the world, and act with more agency and intention within it.
Good luck out there, and godspeed.