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Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2012!

Hope you enjoy the holiday season, and see you in the new year!

2011′s best articles

Here are my top 10 articles for the year (in alphabetical order by the author’s last name): “Politics’ fatal therapeutic turn,” Dissent, by Zelda Bronstein “Condemned to joy: the Western cult of happiness is a mirthless enterprise,” City Journal, by Pascal Bruckner “Health now: a provocation,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Mark Edmundson “The rise […]

Blaming all the president’s men

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Journalist Ron Suskind’s scintillating account of chaos and dissent in Obama’s White House would be better if he had shaken off his teenage habit of blaming everything on Wall Street. Read my review of Confidence Men, in the spiked review of books, here.

Does Moneyball explain baseball?

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The movie Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, is now in cinemas. I read and thoroughly enjoyed Michael Lewis’s book, but haven’t had a chance to see the movie yet. But friends have asked what I think about the Moneyball premise - that is, the use of statistical analysis to improve the performance of sports teams – and here’s what I […]

This week’s articles of note

“The path to 270: demographics versus economics in 2012 presidential election,” Center for American Progress, by Ruy Teixeira and John Halpin (pdf) “How the Euro crisis could destroy the US economy,” The Atlantic, by Jim Tankersley “Secret Fed loans helped banks net $13B,” Bloomberg Markets Magazine, by Bob Ivry, Bradley Keoun and Phil Kuntz “2012 […]

Frustration with democracy in the US

In an essay for spiked, Frank Furedi argues that the oligarchs of the European Union have turned decisively against democracy, in favor of elevating technocrats to positions of power in order to impose punitive austerity measures that do not have the backing of the electorate. Reading Furedi’s article, I was struck by how there are similar trends […]

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