Author Archives: Jason Dobbins

One More Time, Same as Before!

I am going to a Marco Rubio town hall in NH this weekend. I know he doesn’t often take audience questions (much to Chris Christie’s dismay), but if he does, here’s my question: Senator Rubio, your policy platform largely mirrors … Continue reading

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Marco Rubio Once Heralded a “New American Century”. Now He Sounds Terrified by it.

Back in early August I made some loose predictions following the first GOP debate, some of which have turned out pretty well. I foresaw Scott Walker’s demise (though he had been leading in Iowa all summer), Ted Cruz’s enduring strength, … Continue reading

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Terrorism Works, but it Doesn’t Have to Work So Damn Well

Thoughts after Paris: –I fear one of the most consequential results from the attack is the end of the Schengen open border system in Europe, which is another way of saying the end of the EU. Following the attack, the … Continue reading

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The GOP Debate Awards

Okay, right to it. Most Illiterate Economic Statement: Ted Cruz [W]hat the Fed should be doing is, number one, keeping our money tied to a stable level of gold. This guy and the gold standard, my god. Why is this … Continue reading

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Senators vs. Governors, and a Theory About Presidential Cool

The first candidate to drop out of the primary was a three-term governor of the second largest state which had one of the best job and economic growth records in the country. The second to drop out was a very … Continue reading

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Elites and Public Opinion: How Trump Trumps the Party

It’s mid-August, which is officially the second-worst time in the worst month for American culture or political news. (The worst time, of course, is late August.) So I’m doing what every writer on Earth is doing. Yep, MOAR TRUMP. Josh … Continue reading

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The Anti-Establishment, Outsider Election? Bah, Three Cheers for the Status Quo!

In the Washington Post we learn: Across the ideological spectrum, candidates are gaining traction by separating themselves from the political and economic system that many everyday Americans view as rigged against them. It’s taken for granted that this is the … Continue reading

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Debate Recap: A Wall With a Big Beautiful Door

Well that was entertaining television. Thematically, I agree with Brian Beutler, who noted that, “Republicans are still tripping over the long tail of the 2012 election.” In the ensuing three years there have been fits and starts of real policy … Continue reading

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All Hail the Civil Rights Act of…1875?

In his recent amazing interview in New York Magazine, Chris Rock gave a concise history of race in America. "When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people … Continue reading

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Election 2014: Mixed Results for America’s Favorite Dynastic Political Families

Ignore all the meaningless spin about "vote counts" and "democratic outcomes". This is America, and American elections are about one thing: The ups and downs of our wealthy political dynastic families. So, how’d they do on Tuesday? What’s the status … Continue reading

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Election Roundup: Ouch!

Last night was basically a massive dumpster fire for Democrats. The structural issues get you pretty far toward an explanation—young people and poor people didn’t vote, as usual, and the president is extremely unpopular, particular in the red states where … Continue reading

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Scottish Independence, Group Identities, and Institutional Status Quo Bias. And Groundskeeper Willie. And The Proclaimers.

The internet is full of overnight Scotland experts this morning, I’ll try to not join them, promise. For the record, I was a very solid No on independence, though I must admit, the blockbuster Yes endorsements by Groundskeeper Willie and … Continue reading

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Ferguson; the Militarization of Police; the Dark Side of Federalism

I am trying to make sense of the events in Ferguson, Missouri. 1. Why do these civilian police officers look like an invading military force? Their camo, their M4-like rifles and their mine-resistant armored personnel vehicles, their masks, sidearms, body … Continue reading

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Human Volition and the Rise of the Machines

In Tyler Cowen’s book Average is Over, he makes two related predictions about how machine intelligence may interact with human behavior and affect human success in the near future. First, there will be an increasing sophistication and use of methods … Continue reading

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The Terms of Their Surrender

Anyone feeling dejected or frustrated by the Hobby Lobby decision needs to read this Andrew Sullivan post, in which he places this perceived "setback" in proper perspective. The basic point: Social liberalism is triumphing wherever you look, and it’s a … Continue reading

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