Daniel Kahneman, 1934-2024

The psychologist who won a Nobel in economics is gone at 90.

Trump Salutes Insurrection ‘Hostages’

Creeping authoritarianism? Political suicide? Descent into madness?

The Outrage Machine

Punditry, complexity, and democracy.

Claudine Gay addresses an audience during commencement ceremonies, Thursday, May 25, 2023, on the Harvard campus, in Cambridge, Mass. Claudine Gay addresses an audience during commencement ceremonies, Thursday, May 25, 2023, on the Harvard campus, in Cambridge, Mass.

Claudine Gay Resigns as Harvard President

Repeated academic integrity violations led to her forced ouster.

More on Small Town Justice

A deep tradition rightly under scrutiny.

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‘Affirmative Action for the Rich’ in College Admissions

After other controls are applied, household income is still a huge advantage.

SCOTUS Ends Affirmative Action

The inevitable has happened. Now for the fallout.

An Observation About “Classically Liberal” Punditry

“Classical liberals” really need to rediscover self examination

Supreme Court Clerks and Undergraduate Elitism

Culling for the primary feeder job in American legal system begins in high school.

George Will on UATX (Part II)

Wherein I examine UATX specifically.

Impeachment in a System of Checks and Balances

What should be the bar? Can it ever be reached?

Legendary Chemist Fired for Being a Hard Grader

A complicated case out of NYU.

Fear of a White Scholar

President Biden had a meeting with some historians. The horrors.

Saturday Afternoon Tabs

It’s been more of a reading than writing morning.

Watergate at 50

Half a century have passed since a botched burglary changed history.

Princeton Fires Creepy, Lying Professor Who Happened to be Conservative

There’s much more to the story than meets the eye.

Maximal Angst Despite Minimal Cause

Quite often, political fights are about attitudes rather than issues and polices.

Of Laws and Men

Our system lacks accountability.

Ilya Shapiro’s Inartful Tweet

Outrage over the outrage is outrageous.

Public Schools vs The Public

The pandemic seems to have broken the social contract.

The Disqualification Clause and January 6

A provision of the 14th Amendment to keep Civil War generals out of office is back in play.

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The College Admissions Rat Race

An interesting argument, albeit about a tiny and vastly over-discussed segment.

Gerrymandering State Legislatures

Representatives Choosing Their Voters Rather than Vice Versa, Chapter 412.

No, the Flu Shot Hasn’t Become Partisan

Reading disparate polling numbers critically.

Could America’s Next Election be Stolen?

Some Democratic election observers think so.

The Filibuster Isn’t The Problem

It’s undemocratic and we should get rid of it. But doing so isn’t a panacea.

George Shultz, 1920-2021

The longtime public servant has died, aged 100.

Cracks in America’s Election System?

Was Trump’s attempt to overturn the outcome a one-off or a sign of things to come?

More on Alternative Electors

More on why it isn’t going to happen.

Woodrow Wilson Disavowed by Princeton

An accomplished racist will no longer be honored by the university.

Do Violent Protests Get Results?

If the goal is to change politics, not just vent frustration, messaging is important.

There’s No Generational War Brewing Over Coronavirus

Young people acting selfishly is a fact of life.

Our Constitutional Crisis

To defang impeachment is an invitation for presidents to ignore the rule of law.

Paul Volcker, Fed Chairman Who Slew The Inflation Dragon, Dies At 92

Paul Volcker, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board who put an end to the rampant inflation that threatened to choke the American economy, has died at 92.

William Ruckelshaus, Who Balked At ‘Saturday Night Massacre,” Dies at 87

A Justice Department official who had the courage to stand up to the President has died at the age of 87.

Don’t Politicize The Federal Reserve.

A former Federal Reserve officials argues that the Fed should not lower interest rates to compensate for the impact of the President’s trade war, potentially leading to his defeat in the election. This is an incredibly bad idea.

Mark A.R. Kleiman, 1951-2019

A great public intellectual, pioneering blogger, and all-around good man is gone.

Lee Iacocca, Who Headed Two Of The Big Three Automakers, Dies At 94

One of America’s fist celebrity CEO’s has passed away at the age of 94.

I.M. Pei, World Renowned Architect, Dies At 102

One of the most well-known architects of the modern era has passed away.

Trump Set To Place Tariffs On Another $540 Billion Of Chinese Goods

The Trump Administration is proposing another round of tariffs on even more Chinese goods.

Trump’s Trade War Is Bad, And Everyone Is Losing

Donald Trump’s tariffs are hurting the American economy, American consumers, and American businesses.

Andrew Marshall Dead at 97

The legendary figure was in charge of strategic forecasting at the Pentagon for decades.

Medicare for All’s Unintended Consequences

What would it mean for the companies’ workers, the stock market and the cost of care?

What’s an Elite College?

How finite is prestige?

The History of Blackface

A reading recommendation.

New Jersey Democrats Abandon Controversial Redistricting Plan

After a barrage of criticism, New Jersey Democrats are abandoning a controversial redistricting proposal.

New Jersey Democrats Want To Enshrine Gerrymandering In State Constitution

Gerrymandering. It’s not just for Republicans.

Trump Administration Dumps Devastating Climate Change Report On Holiday Weekend

Even as its leader continues to deny the reality of Global Climate Change, the Trump Administration has released an utterly devastating report on the impact of such change over the course of the coming decades.

Justice Sotomayor On The Supreme Court, Her Career, And The Court’s Newest Justice

Justice Sonia Sotomayor sat down to talk about the Supreme Court, her career, and the newest member of the nation’s highest court.

Does the Military Really Need More Strategists?

My latest for War on the Rocks.