Daily Archive: October 16, 2009


quote for the afternoon

“The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.”...


Meet the Base

Via DougJ, this study is absolutely fascinating.   I admit, I feel a certain amount of sympathy for them.  It occurs to me that the reason why they hold Palin, Beck, and Limbaugh in such...


Things you can do/Some can’t be done

In his column today, David Brooks makes an error which I think is pretty common of conservative commentators who look to Great Britain for political inspiration.  But first, Brooks: The Conservatives have treated British...


Why States Matter

Josh Patashnik’s defense of the existence of states is all that should need to be said about the subject. Via.


Why we need (some) government in health care reform

Look, I’m all for more decentralized solutions to health care, but the government simply needs to play a role in setting the rules.  Rick Ungar provides at least one good reason why that is.


Subsidiarity and Solidarity

The Hastings Center, a nonpartisan think tank devoted to bioethics and public policy, has started a new blog dedicated to American values and health care reform sponsored in part by Health Affairs.  They’ve been...


Zimbabwe update

Speaking of Zimbabwe, here’s a short piece on its current political reality.


COIN Exchange: Zimbabwe and Afghanistan

Br. Will sent me this link to a Small Wars Journal interview with Peter Godwin, a man who both fought in and covered the Rhodesian Bush War.  They discuss COIN and what lessons can...


Connecting to the base ctd.

Mark says it all too well: Conservative wonks simply aren’t doing their jobs.  What they are doing is picking apart liberal proposals, picking apart conservative proposals, attacking the low-hanging fruit of conservative extremism, and occasionally...


How to Sell a Tax Increase

I am nowhere near informed enough to offer any intelligent commentary on economic policy, but I am pretty good at political analysis.  And so instead of focusing on the economic part of Bruce Bartlett’s...


Conflicts of interest

James Joyner points us to this bit of union badness from Mickey Kaus: I knew they’d find a way to punish Ford: The new UAW contract with Ford apparently does not give America’s surviving non-bankrupt automaker parity...


A- still does not imply Anti-

I suppose I could tie this post to this latest interview of Richard Dawkins in Salon.com, but I don’t really need. It’s just the same; it’s always the same. Honestly, I really wonder about...