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Diagnosing our pervasive intellectual laziness

David Brooks’ column today tackles what he sees as a pervasive intellectual laziness in modern political discourse, emerging in good part out of confirmation bias…

The McClellan Principle

It’s a familiar argument: we know that putting a price on carbon will impose economic costs, but we can’t be absolutely sure that major climate…

How Dangerous is al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula?

I pity journalists on the terrorism beat.  Take Greg Miller and Peter Finn’s piece in the Washington Post this morning, entitled “CIA sees increased threat…

The Economist’s Strange Attack on Industrial Policy

Last week’s The Economist leader and cover story, “Picking winners, saving losers”, painted an insidious picture of governments’ increasing intervention in market economies, arguing that…

Zardari Plays the Terrorism Card

When Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari played the terrorism card Monday appealing for flood relief funds, I had to stop my eyeballs from reflexively rolling…

Inequality and Government

It’s one of the great ironies of this political era of discontent that some of the most exceptional indicia of economic inequality in recent American…

Public Power Goes Nuclear

Opposition to nuclear energy seems to be melting fast, especially in the South. The Tennessee Valley Authority voted last week to complete a nuclear reactor…

The case for “smart regulation”

Michael Mandel has an op-ed explaining his plan for “smart regulation” up over at CNN.com today. Mandel starts by noting that the one sector of…

Back to Jaw Jaw in the Middle East

It took a lot of arm-twisting, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced last week that Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to return to…

Lobbying Yields Nothing?

Today’s New York Times “Idea of the Day Blog” features this sensationalist headline: “Lobbying Often Yields Nothing” — followed by this provocative summary The real…