Jonathan Bernstein nails it: the biggest danger to Obama’s credibility and future power is a *disastrous war.*
Archive for the ‘Political Science’ Category
One’s judgment about Messina depends on one’s reasons for being a partisan.
Andrew Levison’s book on the White Working Class is a great piece of political strategy. It’s also a great piece of self-help for the professional-managerial class who know less than they think about how ordinary people think and live.
Insight from an old article: where there are lots of people, small percentages of people can have a big absolute impact.
Sometimes when advocates want to change society, they conclude that they need to “get in people’s faces” about the issue, call in the TV cameras, march in the streets and thereby force a national conversation to occur. At other times, advocates quietly accrue small victories out of limelight until the facts on the ground have […]
Steve Teles on kludgeocracy is as mind-blowing an essay as Harry Frankfurt on bullsh*t. http://www.samefacts.com/?p=38736
Long-time reader Ed Whitney wrote me an email that was too intriguing to keep as a private communication. Ed graciously agreed to turn his thoughts into a guest blog post. What follows was written by him: Nate Silver’s new book, The Signal and the Noise, begins with a sobering parallel between the age of the […]
Our friends at Washington Monthly have provided a vivid example of a piquant feature of drug legalization debates. As a group, the editors and writers at Washington Monthly have been broadly supportive of the proposition that we should regulate marijuana like alcohol. Yet the current issue carries Tim Heffernan’s expose on the monopolistic, addiction-generating, profit-grubbing […]