The hottest Social Issues Substack posts right now

And their main takeaways
Top Culture Topics
The Honest Broker • 121016 implied HN points • 18 Feb 24
  1. The entertainment industry is facing challenges like Disney in crisis, Paramount laying off employees, and a decline in TV shows, showing a shift towards a post-entertainment culture.
  2. The culture is transitioning towards a focus on distraction and addiction, with tech platforms using stimuli to create addictive cycles, impacting people's brains and happiness levels.
  3. As our culture evolves into a dopamine-driven society, it becomes essential to be mindful of our consumption habits, unplug from technology at times, and appreciate the real world around us.
Noahpinion • 34882 implied HN points • 24 Feb 24
  1. Creating a multiracial society requires deep societal changes and can't be achieved through quick fixes or shortcuts
  2. Forging a shared national identity in a diverse society is challenging but achievable through extended, cooperative contact between racial groups
  3. Efforts to combat racism through shortcuts like discriminatory practices or oversimplified diversity training often backfire and require long-term, thoughtful solutions
Changing The Channel • 33626 implied HN points • 29 Nov 23
  1. In the United States, there is a sense of normalcy around high costs for education and healthcare, which contrasts with other countries where these are considered basic human rights.
  2. The social dynamics in the US make casual, spontaneous interactions with friends difficult to maintain, unlike in some other parts of the world where daily connections are more common.
  3. The increasing expenses, especially in housing, in the US are leading to a situation where even successful professionals find it challenging to afford a balanced life, pushing many towards burnout and dissatisfaction.
Get a weekly roundup of the best Substack posts, by hacker news affinity:
Freddie deBoer • 6679 implied HN points • 28 Feb 24
  1. Consider the impact of your actions on the most vulnerable people in society.
  2. Question the true purpose and effectiveness of initiatives claiming to fight racism.
  3. Reflect on whether efforts towards diversity and inclusion are truly benefiting marginalized communities.
kareem • 8982 implied HN points • 30 Jan 24
  1. Donald Trump is seen as both a flawed individual and a symbol by his followers.
  2. Historians support Colorado's effort to bar Trump from running, citing the 14th amendment.
  3. Speculating on someone's sexuality without clear evidence can be harmful and irresponsible.
Bulwark+ • 7350 implied HN points • 30 Jan 24
  1. Some within the MAGA movement believe in conspiracies involving Taylor Swift and the Super Bowl, alleging fixed events to push a political agenda.
  2. MAGA supporters express strong negative feelings towards Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce, criticizing their endorsements and public displays of affection.
  3. There are concerns within the MAGA community about Taylor Swift's potential influence in the 2024 election, stemming from her past political actions and large social media following.
kareem • 7802 implied HN points • 23 Jan 24
  1. Kareem emphasizes the importance of treating everyone with love and respect, striving for a world where exploitation doesn't exist.
  2. Substack is under scrutiny for allowing hate speech content, sparking debates about free speech and censorship.
  3. Effective protest movements online can lead to positive changes in platforms' policies, demonstrating the impact of public activism.
Richard Hanania's Newsletter • 5144 implied HN points • 19 Feb 24
  1. Discussions about race and IQ often lead to the clash between differing ideologies, with individuals having strong motivations underlying their beliefs and interpretations.
  2. Accepting group differences doesn't rigidly determine an individual's political views; people can have diverse perspectives, even if they agree on certain facts.
  3. Implementing ideological changes in society often involves motivating individuals based on a larger vision or political agenda, rather than directly debating opposing beliefs.
Erin In The Morning • 6368 implied HN points • 01 Feb 24
  1. Hundreds showed up to protest against a bill removing trans civil rights protections in Iowa.
  2. The bill sponsor made derogatory remarks about transgender individuals during the hearing.
  3. The bill was defeated in the subcommittee with a 3-0 vote against passing it.
Erin In The Morning • 4343 implied HN points • 19 Jan 24
  1. Utah is advancing a bill to ban transgender individuals from using certain public bathrooms with penalties of up to six months in jail.
  2. The bill would also end all legal recognition for transgender people in the state.
  3. Similar legislation in other states could potentially impact the freedom of movement for transgender individuals across the country.
Popular Information • 13247 implied HN points • 06 Sep 23
  1. Elon Musk threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League due to criticism of his handling of Twitter.
  2. Musk reneged on promises to combat hate speech on Twitter and reinstated accounts with anti-Semitic content.
  3. Musk has a history of associating with and amplifying anti-Semitic speech, causing controversy and backlash.
Rob Henderson's Newsletter • 2765 implied HN points • 21 Feb 24
  1. Professors at Yale often work well into their eighties and nineties, a notable difference from other environments.
  2. Students at Ivy League schools can exhibit hypocrisy, criticizing certain occupations while secretly pursuing opportunities in them.
  3. Many elite university students fear being seen as who they truly are, choosing to uphold a virtuous image instead.
Holly’s Newsletter • 3125 implied HN points • 07 Feb 24
  1. There are conservative influencers targeting an artist and her relationship, sparking debates and theories about the implications of her endorsements and impact on voting demographics.
  2. The artist in question has messages of traditional love and relationships in her work, facing criticism and scrutiny from various political perspectives.
  3. The discussions around this artist's personal life and potential endorsements highlight broader cultural tensions and divisions, reflecting the complexity of celebrity influence and political narratives.
Erin In The Morning • 4245 implied HN points • 11 Jan 24
  1. West Virginia introduced a bill to ban gender affirming care for trans individuals under 21 and mandate conversion therapy.
  2. The bill labels being transgender as a 'sexual deviation' and restricts mental health professionals from affirming transgender patients.
  3. This bill is part of a worrying trend of increasing anti-trans legislation in the state and across the country.
Caitlin’s Newsletter • 1625 implied HN points • 16 Mar 24
  1. International Day to Combat Islamophobia led to hypocritical statements by political figures condemning Islamophobia while engaged in actions that fuel it.
  2. The Democratic party is characterized as masking the violent actions of the US empire with proclamations of love and support for marginalized groups, while continuing to engage in harmful policies globally.
  3. The post criticizes Democrats for outwardly condemning Islamophobia while being complicit in atrocities against Muslim populations, highlighting the disconnect between their words and actions.
Glenn Loury • 5640 implied HN points • 05 Dec 23
  1. The concept of "poetic truth" is discussed, referring to the creation of a partisan version of reality for power and leverage.
  2. The narrative around George Floyd's death is challenged, highlighting potential inaccuracies and the danger of perpetuating false truths.
  3. The importance of seeking and acknowledging the truth in controversial and emotionally charged situations is emphasized, even when it challenges established beliefs.
Culture Study • 2936 implied HN points • 04 Feb 24
  1. There are many hidden trails on the island that offer unique and beautiful experiences for those who take the time to explore.
  2. Community, like the trails, requires ongoing maintenance and efforts to be inclusive and welcoming to all.
  3. The existence of gates, physical or metaphorical, in communities raises questions about access and the risk of exclusion.
Erin In The Morning • 3596 implied HN points • 16 Jan 24
  1. Idaho Committee passed a book ban targeting LGBTQ+ books, focusing on banning 'acts of homosexuality.'
  2. Critics argue that the bill could lead to bankruptcy for libraries due to legal fees from book challenges.
  3. The bill raises concerns about defining 'acts' of homosexuality, potentially impacting books with LGBTQ+ characters in libraries.
Letters from Fiddler's Greene • 3478 implied HN points • 15 Jan 24
  1. POSIWID principle emphasizes that the purpose of a system is what it does, leading to accountability and prevention of excuses.
  2. Political discourse on the right is increasingly incorporating the POSIWID principle to analyze and address complex system-level issues.
  3. There is a disconnect in moderate liberal views, as they advocate for meritocracy while ignoring the actual results of policies and systems, highlighting the importance of honesty in addressing societal issues.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss • 2147 implied HN points • 19 Feb 24
  1. Rob Henderson's life story, from abandonment to academic success, has deeply influenced his insights on social issues like class and culture.
  2. Luxury beliefs are ideas that confer status on the upper class and can negatively impact the lower classes, according to Henderson's observations.
  3. Henderson's journey from a troubled childhood to academic achievement sheds light on the challenges faced by those in foster care and the importance of education in breaking such cycles.
Sarah Kendzior’s Newsletter • 4932 implied HN points • 01 Dec 23
  1. The Mourning Moon serves as a warning of impending dark days and the need to grieve losses and prepare for challenges.
  2. Cahokia, once a thriving city in ancient times along the Mississippi River, is now abandoned, with only earth mounds remaining as haunting reminders of its past.
  3. The heartbreaking reality of modern war and the power of grief, especially in the face of atrocities like the mass killing of children in Gaza, are difficult truths that are hard to reconcile but important to acknowledge.
Read Max • 2082 implied HN points • 16 Feb 24
  1. Some high-profile individuals like Bill Ackman and Elon Musk have transitioned from generic liberalism to becoming prominent anti-woke figures.
  2. Both Ackman and Musk utilize their media presence and attention for their political campaigns, believing it symbolizes genuine power.
  3. Ackman and Musk approach their anti-woke campaigns with a logic similar to their investment strategies, showing a strong attachment to Twitter as a platform for discourse.
Caitlin’s Newsletter • 1769 implied HN points • 27 Feb 24
  1. The author reflects on hopeful plans for peaceful times after the violence in Gaza stops, like caring for plants and learning new things.
  2. The piece vividly describes a future post-conflict scene of normal, joyful activities with loved ones, contrasting it with the current distressing situation in Gaza.
  3. The writing emphasizes the longing for peace, normalcy, and connection amidst the ongoing violence and chaos in Gaza.
TK News by Matt Taibbi • 1243 implied HN points • 16 Mar 24
  1. Walter Kirn's experience driving a Tesla highlights the challenges and dangers of relying solely on a car's computerized systems for navigation instead of traditional mirrors and manual controls.
  2. Matt Taibbi and Walter discuss the shift in technology within cars from being easily fixable by ordinary people to now requiring specialized mechanics, raising concerns about accessibility and safety.
  3. The conversation emphasizes the importance of staying connected to the driving experience through senses like sight and touch, questioning the reliability of solely depending on technology while driving.