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A Phony Argument

For reasons that are still a bit of a mystery to me, the Monthly’s weekday newsletter, PoliticOZ, linked to the not particularly good essay Not-so-Phony Tony yesterday. I actually began reading the piece wanting to like it. The premise of the essay, that people’s dislike of Abbott is primarily an emotional thing, was intriguing and […]

Romney and Bain

Can we all just agree that Matt Taibbi is the master of outrage at the U.S. political-financial complex?

Top 10 Differences Between White Terrorists and Other Terrorists

I’m stealing Juan Cole’s best bit but the remaining nine are worth reading as well: There is nothing you can do about white terrorists. Gun control won’t stop them. No policy you could make, no government program, could possibly have an impact on them. But hundreds of billions of dollars must be spent on police […]

Redemptive Reactionaries

This is a really good essay from Mark Lilla on the evolution of conservative politics in the United States. He explains that the important change has been the rise of redemptive reactionaries: people ‘who think the only way forward is to destroy what history has given us and wait for a new order to emerge […]

Is Money the Problem in Politics?

As a tie-in to my link to the Lessig video I posted yesterday, here’s Ezra Klien’s review of Lessig’s ‘Republic, Lost’ for the New York Review of Books. Klein isn’t so convinced that money is the root problem with US politics.

Lawrence Lessig’s ‘Buying Votes’

I wish I could employ Lawrence Lessig just to make presentations every day.

Obama's Long Game

Since the Democratic Party’s primary process began in 2007, Andrew Sullivan has been arguing that no politician is better at playing the long game than Barack Obama. Here is the argument in distilled form.

The Second Coming

Feel like the Obama sheen has worn off and you’re looking for a new messiah? Elizabeth Warren may be that special someone.

Interview with Former Prime Minister Nakasone

The website Nippon.com recently carried an interview with former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone where one of Japan’s most distinguished politicians opined on the problems with the current political predicament Japan finds itself in. As a previous prime minister, as well as someone who has been around the block a few more times than I have, […]

A Voice in the Wilderness

Just a great piece by Republican outcast David Frum on what’s wrong with the GOP. Terrific and terrifying.