Daily Archive: June 16, 2011


Feeling for the Fictional

Brandon Watson and Kyle Cupp both explore possible solutions to the “paradox of fiction”: We human beings read, watch, and listen to a lot of fiction. We know that it is fiction. But we...


On Bottom-Up Liberalism & Pity-Charity Liberalism

I’ve been thinking about bottom-up liberalism and pity-charity liberalism a lot lately, and the whole mess of ideas that swirl around between the two. Essentially, Mike Konczal thinks that growth plus safety nets is...


Our Poisoned Language

Commenter Barry got me to thinking — We’ve all heard that the Constitution is not a suicide pact. It’s strange to me, however, that this phrase when used in political debate actually means precisely...