William Butler Yates, Supreme Court, New York discussed on Weekend Edition Saturday
Connected to the holiday based on past holidays like Memorial Day and Labor Day, and this current wave is already devastating without the added boost from the holiday on average, nearly 1500 people in the US are dying of covert 19 every day. And it's hard to fathom how it could get worse, but that's the direction things are headed. And of course, there was a public backlash in many places against warnings that were made just before the holiday and Backlash against additional restrictions. On tell us more about what health officials are saying. Right. The messaging from officials really hammered home the dangers of small household gatherings. And we know that gathering endorses risky. It stands to reason that if eating with friends at your house is too risky to be allowed into our dining at restaurants shouldn't be allowed either. But Lindsay Wiley, a health law professor at American University, says consistency has been missing. In some orders being put out by officials. Rhode Island specifically says that you cannot have any gathering of any size even outdoors. Unless you have a caterer. If you hire professional cater, you can have up to 25 indoors or 75 outdoors. The difference, of course, is that one is restricting businesses that are struggling in the pandemic, and the other is not. But that kind of logical inconsistency can really erode public trust. Because then these rules seem arbitrary. Some governors widely mentioned her governor in Maryland, Larry Hogan, have been forthright that the reason for not targeting businesses is that there's no money to help them out because of the congressional stalemate over covert relief, and that's a real problem. The Supreme Court. Major decision this week tossed out New York state's restrictions on religious gatherings. Right. The Supreme Court waited into this issue this week. In a big way. This'll has been a hot issue because of religious freedom protections on the one hand and evidence that religious gatherings have contributed to outbreaks. So this case had to do with attendance restrictions for religious gatherings and hot spots in New York, the Supreme Court ruled against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. And Wiley says this decision goes against lots of lower court decisions and is going to change how state and local governments craft their restriction orders. Some justices of the Supreme Court explicitly have said that states cannot impose tighter restrictions on churches and synagogues than they do on grocery stores. So wily predicts the public health messaging about small gatherings is going to continue after Thanksgiving because then they're going to be the same issues with Hanukkah and Christmas going forward. NPR health reporter Selena Simmons. Duffin. Thanks so much. Thank you. William Butler. Yates wrote the second coming just over 100 years ago, when the world seemed on the verge, perhaps like now, perhaps like many years. Losses of World War one. We're still overwhelming when millions more began to die in the waves of a flu pandemic, which infected his wife, Georgie Hyde Lees while she was pregnant. She and their child would survive. He ate. His poem was published in November. 1920 over the centuries since, perhaps no poem has been more invoked for vexing times to convey in Yates his own incomparable words, that Things full of hurt. The center cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. The blood dimmed tide is loosed. And everywhere. The ceremony of innocents is drowned the best, like all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Which scarcely call the second coming the holiday poem, But it makes you feel that a page of history is about to flip when epoch is about to give birth to another. What kind of times will be wrought from a world where the worst are full of passionate intensity? Yates asks. And what rough beast its hour come at last slouches towards Bethlehem to be born. Over the past century. Joan Didion Jin, You watch a bay, Lou read Stephen King and scores of other writers and artists have taken phrases from Yates's poem is lines and titles in their own works. It is Roy Peter Clarke, senior scholar at the Poynter Institute. Notes in an elegant recent post history must also note that William Butler Yates became enamored of nationalist authoritarian movements, including fascism. He said, admiring things about Mussolini in eugenics. He wrote a few anthems for the blue shirts and Irish fascist group. When we read, recite or fire our minds with Yates his poem do we somehow Condoned the devastating ideas which he came to favor? What works. Do we choose to keep her discard as we reconsider our history and art? And patch it. The novelist and memoir is told us this week that If we applied, today's morals to dead artists and history would be fairly scrubbed of art. The question to ask, she said, is, does this poem still speak to people? Yates passes the test. It continually means something new, because that's what great art does. It has reinvented, re energized. The person who reads it. We make a VHS perform a century later, is like the history ahead, waiting to be made. It's up to us. You're listening to NPR news. I'm for right today or this week on our body politick veteran journalist Maria in host to reflects on early career challenges throughout my career, you'd come up with a story idea. They'd be like, Oh, that's weird. I've never heard about that. So it must not be important. So let's not report about it. Plus our listeners. Imagine a free society tomorrow morning at nine on KCRW. Yeah. Support comes from raise a.