A good vocabulary will help you get ahead

Unfortunately, Mike Huckabee is a little fuzzy on the difference between contraception and contrasexion.

Author: Michael O'Hare

Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, Michael O'Hare was raised in New York City and trained at Harvard as an architect and structural engineer. Diverted from an honest career designing buildings by the offer of a job in which he could think about anything he wanted to and spend his time with very smart and curious young people, he fell among economists and such like, and continues to benefit from their generosity with on-the-job social science training. He has followed the process and principles of design into "nonphysical environments" such as production processes in organizations, regulation, and information management and published a variety of research in environmental policy, government policy towards the arts, and management, with special interests in energy, facility siting, information and perceptions in public choice and work environments, and policy design. His current research is focused on transportation biofuels and their effects on global land use, food security, and international trade; regulatory policy in the face of scientific uncertainty; and, after a three-decade hiatus, on NIMBY conflicts afflicting high speed rail right-of-way and nuclear waste disposal sites. He is also a regular writer on pedagogy, especially teaching in professional education, and co-edited the "Curriculum and Case Notes" section of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Between faculty appointments at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, he was director of policy analysis at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He has had visiting appointments at Università Bocconi in Milan and the National University of Singapore and teaches regularly in the Goldman School's executive (mid-career) programs. At GSPP, O'Hare has taught a studio course in Program and Policy Design, Arts and Cultural Policy, Public Management, the pedagogy course for graduate student instructors, Quantitative Methods, Environmental Policy, and the introduction to public policy for its undergraduate minor, which he supervises. Generally, he considers himself the school's resident expert in any subject in which there is no such thing as real expertise (a recent project concerned the governance and design of California county fairs), but is secure in the distinction of being the only faculty member with a metal lathe in his basement and a 4×5 Ebony view camera. At the moment, he would rather be making something with his hands than writing this blurb.

8 thoughts on “A good vocabulary will help you get ahead”

  1. He carefully vetted his statement in front of an audience inside his own head, which responded with applause and approval. It sure sounded like an unanswerable zinger which would leave the opposition in a state of stunned silence; otherwise, he would not have said it out loud.

    1. And back several years ago, he was the Reasonable Moderate Republican Politician Minister who Was Not Like Those Crazies.

      1. Not really. Huckabee was the genial, folksy Republican who was careful to act friendly in front of cameras and so the fact that he clearly had completely batshit ideas didn’t always come across. I don’t know anyone who was fooled by him, though I was kind of worried that low information types might be.

        1. You are both wrong. Huckabee is the representative of the median religious right voter. He hates sexually active women, hates abortion, and hates gays.

          On the other hand, he thinks his party is way too close to Wall Street and isn’t reflexively against tax increases.

          Think a more extreme version of Ross Douthat.

          The thing is, the religious right isn’t large enough to elect a candidate, and the rest of the country thinks the religious right is crazy.

          1. Huckabee supported a few smallish tax increases, and supported property tax equalization, which did good things for our schools. As post-Reconstruction Republican governors go, he was no Win Rockefeller, but he was no Frank White, either.

            Not that I cared for the man–the first nastygram I got at my newspaper was over something I said about him–but had his points, and he visibly grew in office. Some rise to responsibility. It’s too bad he later shrank. I wouldn’t bet on him rising again.

  2. I’m a little confused here – I thought the Official Fact-Based Progressive position was that women, and indeed also men and non-binary identified persons, do often have trouble controlling their libidos, especially trying to acheive complete repression, and so instead of a policy of abstinence-based sex ed we should have contraception and STD treatment education & access.

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