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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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Collins’ Vote More Crucial Than Ever

Guest Column in the Brunswick Times Record, January 13, 2017 Because Republicans have only a two-vote plurality in the U.S. Senate, I am going to be paying close attention to Maine’s own Sen. Susan Collins. One reason is that she … Continue reading

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Commitments for the Trump Era

January 6, 2017 Since the election of Donald Trump, I’ve been thinking a good deal about how I should act towards this unwelcome person vested with the authority of the presidency. I’ve read a great deal from others, much of … Continue reading

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A Turn In These Times

December 5, 2016 When I began this blog in the spring of 2010, my intention was to write mostly about higher education matters.  I’ve largely stuck to that.  Most of the exceptions have to do with satisfying my curiosity about … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Tie”

November 27, 2016 In the World Chess Championships, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the current world No. 1 and defending champion is tied with his challenger, the underdog Sergey Karjakin of Russia. The two have played eleven games and are tied at … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Sarcasm”

August 12, 2016 “They don’t  get sarcasm?” Donald Trump tweeted this morning about his earlier remark that President Obama was the founder of ISIS. Sarcasm may be a species of humor, but it is a biting kind of humor and often … Continue reading

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