Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Dawn of Syrian Kurdistan

All of my previous posts on the Kurds have focused on their trials and triumphs in Iraq, since that is the only state in which they have managed to carve out a safe, self-governing federal region of their own. The … Continue reading

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Cultural Decline and the “Age of Shoddy”

Yesterday Andrew Sullivan linked to this interview with Toni Morrison in which she laments the declining standards of American popular culture and mass entertainment: The pop stuff – it’s – it’s so low. People used to stand around and watch … Continue reading

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On Entrenched Privilege and "Ill-Gotten Gains"

At the Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf weighs in on the blogger stimulus program known as the Obama “You didn’t build that” gaffe. Of course the first point to make is that it wasn’t a gaffe at all. Here’s the full quote … Continue reading

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Federalism and Policy Experimentation

In a post about how incredibly wrong those right-leaning economists were who warned of impending sky-high inflation after the Fed’s various monetary easing programs, economist Scott Sumner writes that it’s time for them to fess up: If the field of … Continue reading

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