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Worries and Dissents 17.2.20

On the dissents front, here’s a piece from Commentary by Nicholas Eberstadt that aims to support the Trumpian view that things are less well off (more chaotic) than ‘those in the bubble’ say they are.  Our Miserable 21st Century.  One snippet: … Continue reading

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The Origins of Polarization

I have a letter in today’s New York Times objecting to a David Brooks account of how we came to have polarized politics — if that’s the proper way to look at it. To the Editor: Re “Bonhoeffer, Benedict or … Continue reading

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Regulatory Rollback

This week, the Trump circus with all its chaos and dysfunction blusters on.  The public mind has changed its focus from the Muslim ban executive order to the revelations about Michael Flynn that have now led to his dismissal resignation dismissal. … Continue reading

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Worries and Dissents 17.2.1

From time to time I want to link to intelligent worries I come across, and also to interesting dissents from the way I see things. In A Third Way in the ‘Respectability Politics’ Debate, Conor Friedersdorf  has interesting thoughts about … Continue reading

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On the Mall in Brunswick

With Ellen and Robbie and friends, I joined the throng gathered on the town mall in Brunswick today to signal our opposition to the Trump presidency and the agenda of the Republican majority in Congress.  There were plenty of positive … Continue reading

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Debate; Avoid Distraction

Earlier this week on Marginal Revolution, Alex Tabarrok reports on a fascinating piece of research into how the Chinese government pays people to post to social media sites to build support for the government.  The paper is by Gary King, Jennifer … Continue reading

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Red Lines

From the New York Times today, reporting on Barack Obama’s final press conference: “There’s a difference between that normal functioning of politics and certain issues or certain moments where I think our core values may be at stake,” Mr. Obama told … Continue reading

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