The Angle

The Angle: Leave the Guns Edition

Slate’s daily newsletter on open carry at protests, Taylor Swift’s new single, and identity politics.

A protester wearing a pistol on his hip stands near the location where a car plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters on Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Disarm: Why should protesters ever need to carry weapons? Connor McLean argues that permitted rallies should disallow the kinds of strapped-up displays we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia.

You and me: Academic and self-styled cultural gadfly Mark Lilla really, really doesn’t like “identity politics.” He tells Isaac Chotiner all about it.

You made me do it: At the very least, Carl Wilson writes, Taylor Swift’s much-ridiculed new single is a departure. It shows that she is capable of reinventing herself—a skill she’ll need in the years to come.

That’s real: Arya and Sansa Stark were at each others’ throats last week on Game of Thrones, and it annoyed a lot of people. But Isaac Butler found their spat to be extremely believable.

For fun: Kenan Thompson as that “Blacks for Trump” dude, for your consideration.

Good weekend to all,