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Liberals are blind to what drives the Tea Party

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Calling the Tea Party “crazy” is just liberals’ way of saying they are aloof and clueless

Over the past week, US politics has been dominated by talk of the Tea Party. Its favored candidates won upsets over more moderate Republicans in some primary elections last week: most notably, for the Senate ...

Promising start to Boardwalk Empire

Last night saw the opening in a new HBO series about Prohibition-era Atlantic City, Boardwalk Empire. It was a promising start. With Martin Scorsese directing, and lots of ...

The recession is over: time to move on

The National Bureau of Economic Research announced today that the recession officially ended in June 2009. Starting in December 2007, the 18-month period was the longest recession since the Second World War.

No big deal? Well, first of all, as Barry Ritholtz points out, the news from the NBER ...

This week’s articles of note

“How the Tea Party organizes without leaders,” National Journal, by Jonathan Rauch

“How Obama thinks,” Forbes, by Dinesh D’Souza

“The slump goes on: why?” The New York Review of Books, by Paul Krugman and Robin Wells [Review of three books on the economic crisis]

“The limits of science,” More ...

The Koran controversy: what was that all about?

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It was the profound jitteriness of Western society that allowed one cranky pastor from Florida with 50 followers to hold the whole world to ransom.

Read my spiked article in full here.

The other guy is worse: neither Democrats nor Republicans offer a positive vision

John Harwood reports in today’s New York Times that the Democrats’ strategy going into the November mid-terms is likely to be a “Jujitsu Campaign”.

Harwood writes that the Democrats will emphasize less what they could realistically expect to pass through congress, and emphasize more how the Republicans are reject any Democrat ...

This week’s articles of note

“What America has lost,” Newsweek, by Fareed Zakaria

“Beware of Greeks bearing bonds,” Vanity Fair, by Michael Lewis

“Why has he fallen short?” The New York Review of Books, by Frank Rich [Review of The Promise: President Obama, Year One, by Jonathan Alter]

“The United States of inequality,” Slate, ...

The truth about unemployment

In today’s Washington Post, Steven Pearlstein – an astute business journalist – asks us to move away from the facile and noisy debate about tax cuts, stimulus or government takeover of the economy, and instead to focus on structural economic issues.

Pearlstein gets right to the point: “The loss of eight ...

The general and the Koran-burning preacher

Is it just me, or are General David Petraeus’ warnings about the consequences that might flow from a Florida pastor’s plan to burn copies of the Koran utterly bizarre? Since when do generals in the field overseas feel obliged to respond to an oddball back home? And claim that the success of ...

Let the kids walk to school!

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The always-interesting (and funny) Lenore Skenazy has a superb opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal, in honor of the start to the school year.

Skenazy cites a statistic that only about one in 10 kids walks to school today. Even kids that live within walking distance aren’t walking to school. And forget about biking ...

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