Linky Friday: Everything Is Political
Government:[G1] Lyman Stone is skeptical that regulatory liberalization will lead to more upzoning.
[G2] On some level, this bothers me more than lemonade stands. Whereas the latter mostly teaches a child of the fruitlessness of entrepreneurialism, the mowing lawns actually teaches young people that hard work is rewarded. On the other hand, if this shows them that government regulation is not their friend, maybe it’s a wash.
[G3] We mostly think of climate change in terms of what will happen on land, but some of the biggest threats may be under water. There are, perhaps, things we can do. David Roberts talks with Paul Hawken about things we can actually do about climate change more generally.
[G4] The French deep state and political establishment had a plan, in the event of a Le Pen victory.
[G5] Meanwhile, Chip Gibbons really wishes we’d stop idealizing the FBI.
[G6] This is definitely a problem. Seriously, though, this is probably one of the most important things that Vox has ever run.
Family:[F1] This is why everybody hates you, Science.
[F2] Naomi Shaefer Riley writes on the roadblocks being put in the way of foster parenting. This runs contrary to some of what I’ve seen as I’ve looked into it, and is kind of disturbing.
[F3] Bill Nye’s comments about procreation didn’t get as much attention as I thought they might.
[F4] On the one hand, early intervention is good. On the other, three or four strikes me as a disconcerting time to make such pronouncements.
[F5] Has the time for special spousal benefits come and gone?
[F6] I, too, hate showoffs.
Media:[M1] Are we seeing the end of the First Person Industrial Complex?
[M2] Maybe our personal media is like our congressman, a credit to their despicable people. (Still, though, even our chosen media doesn’t do as well as you might think!)
[M3] Dammit, how did I not know about this?
[M4] For better or worse, political science blogging has become more like journalism. I suspect it’s going to be for worse for political science, though maybe better for journalism.
[M5] Journalists are the worst. Some (well, me and a few others) have commented on how devatastating Twitter has been with regard to our impression of (many) journalists. A whole lot of them are who I thought I was uncharitable in thinking journalists are.
[M6] A look into the deep, dark world of RussiaToday. (They’re supposed to be just “RT” today, but I do not acknowledge the change because I don’t like initials that don’t stand for anything.)
Transportation:[T1] Maybe when it comes to car safety, bigger is better.
[T2] Citylabs looks at the history of Britain’s bike trails, which were a pretty big deal before cars.
[T3] Alaska Airlines is the best. I look forward to getting to fly them more often if/when we move back west.
[T4] This seems pretty need, but I wish they would get to work on Android Auto compatibility first.
[T5] Antiplanner argues that no, actually, it’s the US and not Europe that has done rail right.
[T6] We don’t associate Soviet products with quality, but they made a truck that has stood the test of time.
Politics:[P1] Among other things, among 60% of Democrats believe that Russia tampered with voting machine. (PDF). On the one hand, answers like these have been used as a political hammer for quite a while now and the lack of interest in this question (which is rarely polled) seems… interesting. On the other hand…
[P2] From Michael Brendan Dougherty: “People give social scientists all sorts of crazy conspiratorial answers for a very simple, human reason: They don’t want anyone using their anonymous answers to bolster their partisan enemies. If a pollster calls my house and asks me whether Governor Andrew Cuomo is poisoning the water with a chemical agent, like the villain from a Batman movie, I’m not going to give them the satisfaction of a pro-Cuomo answer.”
[P3] I am buying this book.
[P4] Big business and big money continue their lurch leftwork.
[P5] Ideological bundling, conservative edition.
[P6] The Fresno Bee is less than impressed with the current state of the California Democratic Party. If only there were another competitive party for Californians to vote for. Ditto, of course, Texas and some craziness there. It’s enough to make me wish that, like Canada, we had a degree of severance between state and national party systems.
[P7] Is the UK finally transitioning to the two parties their system is designed to accommodate?