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The Republican Party Jumps the Shark


In the immortal words of the Fonz, I was wr-wr-wr-wr . . . not exactly right.

The End of the Republican Party As We Know It?


Ronald Reagan famously claimed, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.” I’m going through the process in reverse.

No, the US is not on the Verge of a Multi-Party System


We will have a two party system for the foreseeable future.

Internet Hoaxes Can’t Be Debunked Anymore


People don’t much care whether information supporting their prejudices is true.

Bill Cosby vs. Ben Roethlisberger


Chris Rock wants us to remember that Bill Cosby isn’t the only celebrity accused of rape.

Police Are Not Soldiers; Our Communities Are Not War Zones


We should not tolerate them acting otherwise.

Shut Up, He Explained


Shutting down rational debate one meme at a time.

The Government-Liberty Connection: Hobbes


An ongoing set of considerations on the relationship between liberty and government.

A Qualified Yes to a Constitutional Convention

Constitutional Convention

Some thoughts on reform.

Rich Kids Go to Elite Colleges, Becoming Rich Adults


The economics of higher education is increasing the gap between rich and poor.

Bourbon Snobbery


The noted wine critic Robert Parker recently forayed into reviewing bourbon and came under intense fire from enthusiasts of American whiskey.

Shooting Sprees vs Organized Terrorist Attacks


We treat violence by lone individuals differently than organized violence. Race, religion, and national origin have nothing to do with that.

The Army’s Leadership Problem

US Army Officers

Tim Kane continues his campaign against the US military’s antiquated personnel system.

Administrative Bloat at America’s Colleges and Universities


One major factor in the skyrocketing cost of a college education in America is a huge increase in overhead costs.

A Map Is Worth A Thousand Votes


Democrats are approaching an “Electoral College lock.” Republicans are trying to pick it.

Man Bemoans Selfish Women Not Having Enough Kids


Ross Douthat says American women should stop being decadent and have more babies, explaining that raising children is easier than it used to be, so there’s really no excuse for women to be so selfish.

More on Voter ID


Another study shows that voter ID laws negatively affect a lot of Americans.

What is “Constitutional”?


What does the US Constitution actually provide in terms of guidance for governance?

When Douchebaggery Goes Viral


The Internet is public and forever. But maybe it shouldn’t be.

Conservative ‘Race War’ Meme


The people who gave us the “war on Christmas” are now touting an upsurge on black-on-white crime.

Whites Now Minority of American Births: So What?


White babies now constitute slightly less than half of American births.

Are Today’s College Students Dumber and Lazier?


The Wall Street Journal publishes a screed aimed at those about to graduate college.

Teaching the Federalist Papers

Federalist Papers

If we taught the Federalist Papers more rigorously would that lead to a shared view of the constitution?

All Facts Are Not Created Equal


Our psychological and cultural biases make evaluating information and arguments rationally next to impossible.

Where Have the Thoughtful Conservatives Gone?


OTB’s comment section as a microcosm of the American political landscape.

Lying About the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and the Tooth Fairy


Should you lie to your kids about holiday fantasy characters?

Are You An Almost Alcoholic?


A new book would classify most of us who consume alcohol as “almost alcoholics.”

Dumb Jocks and Student-Athlete Propaganda

High Jumper Jumping

The student-athlete fairytale is true. Except where you would reasonable expect it to be a lie.

Newt, the Trayvon Martin Shooting, and Race


Solutions come from understanding, not denial or political posturing

Murder or Self-Defense: Florida Case Raises Questions


George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin met on the night of February 27th. Martin died, and a firestorm has erupted.

Military’s Lock-Step Promotion System


The military promotion system does not reward top performers rapidly enough.

Kimberly Webb Joyner, 1970 to 2011


My wife, Kimberly Webb Joyner, died this morning in her sleep from unknown causes. She was 41.

Police Violence and Perpetual War


Why we shouldn’t be surprised that police are using tools of violence against protestors.

Obama’s Millionaire’s Tax


President Obama is proposing a special tax rate for millionaires.

Education Colleges Academic Slums


Schools of education attract the weakest students and give out the highest grades on campus.

Racial Gerrymandering and Idiots


Cynthia Tucker regrets her support for majority-minority districts.

California Must Release 40,000 Prisoners


Prisons can be so overcrowded as to constitute cruel and inhuman punishment.

Terry Jones and What We’re Fighting For


The duty to defend “hateful, extremely disrespectful, and enormously intolerant” expression.

Political Vitriol and Political Violence


The relationships between inflammatory rhetoric and political violence is complicated.

Why America’s Best Officers Are Leaving


The American military personnel system works against keeping the best and brightest officers in the service.

Obama’s Citizenship and the Chain of Command


Civilian control of the military means, oddly, that civilians control the military. And it means precisely that the military does not get to decide which civilians run the country.

Parking Space Economics


Free parking is a very inefficient use of land resources that wouldn’t exist without government mandates and subsidies. Is it time to end the practice?

Conservative Media Bias


Conservatives have long complained about liberal media bias. But conservative media seems to be much worse.

Daily Kos Suing Former Polling Partner


Markos Moulitsas gets a lesson in caveat emptor from his former pollster.

Georgetown Cocktail Parties


In response to a posting from Tunku Varadarajan accusing him of being a “polite company conservative” who “yearns for the goodwill of the liberal elite in the media and in the Beltway—who wishes, always, to have their ear, to be at their dinner parties, to be comforted by a sense that liberal interlocutors believe that […]

Military Sodomy Ban Under Review


Having long since gotten rid of rum and the lash, I suppose this day was inevitable.

Meritocracy’s Limits


America may be the land of opportunity but it helps to have a head start in the rat race.

Information Deficit Disorder


Via Twitter, James Poulos passes along an interesting piece by Conor Friedersdorf titled “Iran, Twitter, and The American Information Elite.”  Basically, he noticed over the weekend that all of his blogger/journalist friends were intensely aware of what was happening in Iran whereas other well educated people he encountered hadn’t the slightest clue. I can’t help […]

Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Race

Obama Supreme Court

Kevin Drum notes that he’s already tired of the “kabuki” that has emerged in reaction to the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. I both agree that the process is predictable and tedious and that Sotomayor would seem obviously qualified for confirmation.  I would quibble, however, with this: Conservatives, who seem constitutionally unable […]

Class Warfare: Framing the Debate


Hilzoy is tired of hearing about “socialism” and “class warfare” just because Barack Obama is raising the top marginal tax rate from 35 percent to 39.6 percent.  After all, we had much higher rates under John Kennedy and even Ronald Reagan, two legendary tax cutters.  And rates are higher in most of the developed world, […]

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