Monthly Archives: May 2012

Mitt Romney’s Utopia: PrivateSectorland

If you have followed even five minutes of political coverage this year, you might know that Mitt Romney used to work in the private sector. You know this because Mitt Romney is staking almost his entire claim to the presidency … Continue reading

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Gay Marriage and the Power of Moral Framing

However you feel about gay marriage, you must marvel at the success of gay rights advocates in effecting such a monumental shift in social attitudes in such a short time. Social change of this scale usually works much slower, through … Continue reading

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Senator Lugar and the Rise of the Process Extremists

The Dick Lugar era of American politics—which has lasted longer than my lifetime—is no more. Nobody should grieve too hard about the forced retirement of an 80-year old man who has served in the U.S. Senate for thirty-six years. But … Continue reading

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The Rise of the Machines and the Coming Jetsons Economy

When we think of automation in the workplace, we think of displaced factory workers and a decimated manufacturing sector more generally. And rightly so; manufacturing employment in this country has been declining for half a century. The types of technological … Continue reading

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The Mystic Chords of Memory (and of Jew-Hatred)

One underlying theme of this blog is that chance and accident of birth play a larger role in individual outcomes than is generally assumed or credited. This cuts against a very entrenched American mythos about our unique frontier spirit and … Continue reading

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