Category Archives: Politics

Interesting sentences

From Michael Strong we see increased prevalence of depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia across time and culture. Our genetic heritage has clearly not changed and yet the incidence of mental illness is changing. Read the whole thing.

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Moderate voters?

James Taranto (WSJ) writes, Those old enough to remember the decades before the ’90s, then, may tend to see permanent majorities around the corner because they expect a return to normalcy. Mr. Fiorina, by contrast, argues that frequent shifts in … Continue reading

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Martin Gurri on the Trump Administration

He writes, It’s a zero-sum struggle for attention that rewards the most immoderate voices – and, without question, Donald Trump is a master of the game. His unbridled language mobilizes his anti-elite followers, even as his policies appeal to more … Continue reading

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Quotation of the Day

Politics also reflects the new division. In the United States suspicion or resentment is no longer directed to the capitalists or the merely rich. It is the intellectuals–the effete snobs–who are eyed with misgiving and alarm. This should surprise no … Continue reading

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The clustering of the world

Razib Khan writes, Serbia has a much stronger affinity with Russia, Croatia is in Catholic Europe, while Slovenia seems more like Northern European nations than Croatia. You have to go read the whole thing. He discusses a cultural map of … Continue reading

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What I am reading

American Exceptionalism in a New Era. This is a conference volume from the Hoover Institute. John Cochrane was one of the participants in the conference, and I found about the book from his blog. The conference was held in the … Continue reading

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Want to hear some dark views?

1. Try Shane Greenstein. Just talk to any parent. It is too easy for children’s curiosity to lead them to the sleazy online square, and every parent now worries whether a child has enough sense to handle a disingenuous text. … Continue reading

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Tax non-reform

Richard Rubin writes (WSJ), a deduction the Senate created for so-called pass-through businesses such as partnerships and S corporations. That 23% deduction is fully available to owners of service businesses like law firms, but only if income is below $500,000 … Continue reading

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Russ Roberts on social control of sexual conduct

Noting that Matt Lauer could be fired but Al Franken and John Conyers could not, he writes, There’s an irony here. The government, which imposes regulations and other restrictions in a top-down way across the whole economy, has a strange … Continue reading

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Too much discipline on the left, too little on the right

Check out my latest essay on Medium, Restoring Political Health, Left and Right. People with a temperament that is high on openness and low on conscientiousness are inclined toward the left and tend to be curious, tolerant, and willing to … Continue reading

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