Jesse A. Myerson described five economic reforms millenials should be fighting for in Rolling Stone.
Conservatives were generally aghast at the suggestions. Dylan Matthews at Wonkblog wrote a response, "Five conservative reforms millenials should be fighting for".
Liberals disapproved. Both articles argued for I. Employer of Last Resort II. Basic Income III. Land Value Tax IV. Sovereign Wealth Fund V. Public Bank. Ezra Klein discusses the trolling.
How the rise of Fox News helped Republican candidates
Is Fox News primarily reinforcing Republicans or persuading Democrats? [more inside]
"Pro-Choice" Americans at Record-Low 41% - Americans now tilt "pro-life" by nine-point margin, 50% to 41%.
According to recent Gallup polling, 'the 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as "pro-choice" is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009. Fifty percent now call themselves "pro-life," one point shy of the record high, also from May 2009.' The decline in "Pro-Choice" views is seen across partisan groups, with Americans' self-identification as "pro-choice" drop across the three U.S. political groups. [more inside]
Peter Orszag (previously of Obama's OMB) argues that circumventing democracy is the best way to save it
, but Catherine Rampell isn't sold
, and Uwe Reinhardt points out that technocrats base "science" on moral values
Senate leaders are seriously considering
modifying the traditional, divided
seating arrangements for President Obama's upcoming State of the Union address
. [more inside]
David Mamet: Why I am no longer a 'Brain Dead Liberal'.
"The right is mooing about faith, the left is mooing about change, and many are incensed about the fools on the other side—but, at the end of the day, they are the same folks we meet at the water cooler. Happy election season."
The End of News?
From the New York Review of Books. Michael Massing
, a contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, discusses the decline of the mainstream media and the ideal of objectivity: Accuracy in Media
(1969), the Center for Media and Public Affairs
(1985), the abolition of the Fairness Doctrine
(1987), Rush Limbaugh
(1988), Fox News
, cost-cutting at newspapers
. Of course, the newspaper business has always been a difficult one, as Walter Lippmann noted in his book Public Opinion
(1921): [more inside]
Red State/Blue state France
. Les résultats département par département
. Remarkable that the U.S. isn't the only country that's split down the geographic middle. No translation, but the picture speaks for itself.
What's So Absurd About Partisanship?
The Lying in Ponds*
website is a clever attempt to measure partisanship in the daily columns of the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Although - or perhaps because - its methodology is simple and straightforward, its conclusions, though necessarily unsurprising, are quite interesting, often amusing and seem fairer than er, more partisan
"media watch" thingies [Don't miss their 2002 Top Ten.
]. But why
is being openly partisan seen as such a terrible thing in America? Why is so much time and effort expended to hide it or deny it? Or, put another way, why is bipartisanship such a desirable thing, often presented as being somehow above
politics? Is it American exceptionalism again?*[Echoing what Dennis said in Monty Python And The Holy Grail: "Listen!Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!"
Another threat to the separation of church and state?
"[S]ome members of Congress want to turn churches into political action committees. A bill in Congress would amend the tax code to allow churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship to get involved in partisan political campaigns."
Harris' Partisan Fixers
How Bush got the help needed to "win" in Florida. No. Not the NY Times piece on absentee votes but how Harris rigged things.