Human trafficking gets a lot of buzz around the Super Bowl, as officials and reporters warn about a spike in prostitution. But there’s little data to support this, and those fighting human trafficking warn that it distracts from the issue plaguing cities year-round.
We may mock conservatives over their silly reaction to the Coca-Cola ad, but we would also be fools to miss the much larger undercurrents of fear and uneasiness their overreaction represents.
Every empire has its equivalent of bread and circus – the combination of welfare provision and communal entertainment that buys off the public’s acceptance of the status quo – but few do the circus bit with as much pizzazz or production value as the United States. And in