Equipping law enforcement with surveillance equipment is a sideshow.
Democracy is a lonely business.
Obama’s record and legacy are beside the point. It’s time for liberals to move beyond the President and his conservative opposition.
A Vox story on America’s drone arsenal has some more explaining to do.
David Leonhardt is confused about inequality, at least according to his shallow dive into Thomas Picketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
I agree with Matthew Yglesias that “America needs more on-the-job learning, not less,” I just don’t know what that has to do with giving “Two Cheers for Unpaid Internships.”
Attempting some clarifications on what’s at stake as norms about working on national holidays shift.
Defending the right of employees to choose to work holidays like Thanksgiving threatens to ignore the fact that, for many, choice never factors into it.
Coca Cola is partnering to deliver clean drinking water to small villages around the world, even as it steals water from others.
A government shutdown is looking less likely. Here’s why that should scare you.
The GOP still can’t come up with a conservative answer to Obamacare.
The latest developments in the latest shutdown crisis do not portend well for those who are into the whole operational government thing.
Noam Scheiber argues it will. I’m not so sure.
A crazy quote from a House Republican hints at the rocky way forward.
Bombing Syria is still a bad idea even if saving lives in Libya was not
James Fallows relays William R. Polk’s assessment of the Syria situation.
In an otherwise fine speech, the President continues a pandering tic that’s well past its sell-by date.
Allison Benedikt accuses her colleagues who send their kids to private school for turning their backs on the promise of public education.
An insightful Bloomberg op-ed highlights the special relationship between Martin Luther King and organized labor.
Wise words from a nerd on Syria, chemical weapons, and Western intervention.
Jonathan Chait is reasonably sure that “killing some of the Syrians who are soldiers wantonly killing civilians will probably lead to a net decrease in killing,” and with that let the bombing commence.
Is the left more concerned with governing the poor than ending poverty?
Mark Linsenmayer outlines Bertrand Russell’s case in “In Praise of Idleness” for a shorter work week. Writing in the early 20th century, Russell spent most of his essay confronting the moralistic arguments against leisure. After all, idle hands are the devil’s tools and so on.
It’s just awful hard for me to take the technocratically-minded conservative arguments especially seriously when it’s so evident that many conservatives — high-up ones, not just low-level activists — really don’t give a damn about poverty.
Liberalism may not be the best according to radicals, but it is good enough and in fact our only hope.
I was originally going to post on this in more detail, but that was before I’d had time to finish the entire piece. It turns out Rod Dreher doesn’t just think that Arcadia Unified School District shouldn’t have made onerous accommodations for a transgendered student–he (seemingly) thinks that being transgendered is itself an illusion,
I want to elaborate on something Elias touches on in his recent Salon piece. Declaring the Republican Party paralyzed by their on strategy of obstructionist nihilism, Elias explains,
Alex Pareene noticed this, too, but something I wanted to highlight is the fact that the president’s calling his new proposal — a cut to corporate tax rates in exchange for using the freed-up money to fund infrastructure and jobs programs — a grand bargain. As Pareene writes, this is actually a redefinition of the term:…
An instant classic in the field of so-bad-it’s-good.
It won’t come as a surprise that I tend to agree with Shawn’s assessment of mainstream liberalism’s relationship to its leftier-than-thou radicals. In the comments though, NewDealer’s remark helps crystalize the real conflict,
A new Economist piece sheds light on whether or not Romney’s 2012 rhetoric was as plastic as it seemed.
The most obvious and lasting results of the sequester are being felt by those who need the government most, and influence it the least.
Reading the interview, you get the impression of a guy already trying to define the way his presidency is interpreted and his immediate post-presidency is understood.
The speech was fine, but it never should have been given.
There’s a frequent exchange that appears in one form or another throughout Plato’s dialogues. It focuses on the question of whether it’s better to suffer or be the one inflicting the suffering. Of course, “better” is a loaded term, and though I can’t read the original Greek to offer a more subtle textual analysis, it’s…
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