David Brooks, in this provocative critique of Republican Libertarianism, uses the insights of Hayek without mentioning him...
Mark Thoma quotes Bruce Bartlett who quotes a poll that shows Republicans are crazy. . . .
David Leonhardt argues that the health care changes will work to reverse the inequality of the age of Reagan. . . .
There’s a debate going on in the punditsphere about whether America is ungovernable. . . .
The general reaction to the incoming administration reminds me of the book of Samuel when the people of Israel ask for a king...
My mood is perfectly captured by David Harsanyi...
Here’s an amazing story from CNN because it’s so ordinary. . . .
One difference between economists and others is that economists tend to be less impressed by motivation and more impressed by what people actually do. . . .
If Brown wins today in Massachusetts, we’re going to hear all kinds of explanations. . . .
The National Post editorializes (HT: Nathaniel Clarkson) on the moral high ground being claimed by the Democratic Party's plans for their August convention in Denver:...
What politics needs is better partisanship.
Peter Schweizer and Wynton C. Hall tell how they captured history in their new book, a look at oratory that was powerful bot on the podium and in society.
The political science departments at elite private universities such as Harvard and Yale, at leading small liberal arts colleges like Swarthmore and Williams, and at distinguished large public universities like the University of Maryland and the University of California, Berkeley, offer undergraduates a variety of courses on a range of topics...
Radically different conclusions about a whole range of issues have been common for centuries...
These are exciting though scary revolutionary times, akin to the constant acrimony in the fourth-century BC polis, mid-nineteenth century revolutionary Europe, or — perhaps in a geriatric replay — the 1960s. . . .
Thomas Friedman writes in the New York Times: Of the festivals of nonsense that periodically overtake American politics, surely the silliest is the argument that because Washington is having a particularly snowy winter it proves that climate change is a hoax and, therefore, we need not bother with all this girly-man stuff like renewable energy, solar panels and carbon taxes. . . .
More than a quarter-century after completing two terms as California governor, Democrat Jerry Brown will announce today that he is campaigning to return for a third term as chief executive of the nation's most populous state. . . .
The roots of conservatism go back to philosophers of the 17 and 18th centuries, such as John Locke, David Hume, and Adam Smith...
“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles,” Marx and Engels famously declared in their Communist Manifesto. A century and a half later, with communism seemingly buried under the rubble of the Soviet Union, Samuel Huntington predicted a clash of civilizations.
At the Hoover Institution's dinner for its Board of Overseers this past summer, the columnist and television commentator George F. Will discussed the political scene. A tour d'horizon that is also a tour de force.