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Paladino and the upstate-downstate New York divide

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For many denizens of New York City, Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate for governor, is beyond the pale.

He does appear to be a nasty piece of work. The real estate developer has a seedy reputation among some for distributing racist and ...

This week’s articles of note

“Obama in command: the Rolling Stone interview,” Rolling Stone, by Jann S. Wenner

“Small change: why the revolution will not be tweeted,” The New Yorker, by Malcolm Gladwell

“Being Glenn Beck,” The New York Times Magazine, by Mark Leibovich

“Bugged naked: webcams, sex and the death of privacy,” Slate, ...

Environmentalism’s true misanthropic colors

Disgusting video from British green group 10:10.

Well, at least they make underlying misanthropy of environmentalism more transparent. The campaigners were forced to apologize, and are trying to remove ...

Obama on Dylan at the White House

In his interview in the current issue of Rolling Stone, President Obama speaks about Bob Dylan’s performance at the White House in February of this year (video above):

Here’s what I ...

Republicans’ “Pledge to America”: lacking credibility, full of intensity

Last week House Republicans announced their “Pledge to America”, which promises to restrain government spending. But the fact is, despite all their puffed up rhetoric, Republicans lack credibility when it comes to deficit reduction.

Two useful articles published today make this point. First, Jacob Sullum in Reason argues that Republicans’ vows to restore more ...

The “small schools are better” dogma

At times it seems that everyone in the education debate is in favor of smaller schools and class sizes. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent millions to break up bigger schools. A new movie, Waiting for Superman, extols the benefits of charter schools with smaller-than-usual student numbers. As commensensical ...

In the Tea Party debate, who’s really acting crazy?

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Liberal activists’ dismissal of the Tea Party as “insane” only shows how cut-off they are from the American masses.

Read my spiked article in full here.

This week’s articles of note

“The Connecticut country-club crackup,” The New York Times Magazine, by Matt Bai

“America’s true history of religious tolerance,” Smithsonian, by Kenneth C. Davis

“The ‘Freedom’ agenda,” The New York Times, by David Brooks [On Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom]

“The non-economist’s economist,” Wall Street Journal, by James Grant [Essay on John ...

Read science fiction for “the most interesting thought about human society”?

Historian Walter Russell Mead thinks so:

At a time when many academics have become willfully obscure, political science is increasingly dominated by arcane and uninspiring theories and in which a fog of political correctness makes some forms of (badly needed) debate and exploration off limits, science fiction has stepped forward to ...

Mapping segregation in New York and other cities

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An interesting map of segregation by race in New York City, by Eric Fischer. Red is for Whites, Blue is for Blacks, Green is for Asians, Orange ...

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