Andrew Collard: “I don’t know what to do in the face of news like ‘a mother set her baby on fire.’ It seems like something a human should be incapable of, but that’s a lie. Every person alive is perfectly capable, and that is why such a news story makes us so uncomfortable. Meanwhile, in Washington …” (website)
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