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Capital Strike?

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On April 6, 2018
Elizabeth Bruenig’s column in the Washington Post yesterday is strange. At the heart of it is an analogy to help us make sense of advertisers abandoning Laura Ingraham’s show in light of her taunting David Hogg: Yet it’s not quite right to classify these advertisers’ decisions as a straightforward boycott. In the context of Ingraham’s […]

Democracy in Wisconsin

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On March 30, 2018

A followup on a previous post: After some reflection and several court orders, Scott Walker has graciously decided to stop depriving heavily Republican districts of representation in the state legisla

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American Hippopotamus

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On February 19, 2018
If you’re tired of reading about the absurdity of American politics in the present, and would like to read about the absurdity of American politics in the past instead, you could do a lot worse than the story of the time we almost brought Hippopotamuses to the bayous of Louisiana. Some highlights: * In 1910, […]
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Some mid-week links

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On January 17, 2018
Really interesting look at some of the people and organizations who’ve been instrumental in an improbable leftward political shift in Alaskan Politics. I wonder what elements on the Ship Creek approach to candidate recruitment and campaigns are likely to be replicable elsewhere, though–Alaska is an odd place. h/t Gary Farber. How the politics of zoning […]

Sunday links

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On December 3, 2017

I have some quibbles with the framing, but I really like Teresa Bejan’s Atlantic essay on the ancient origins of today’s campus speech debates. Among other virtues, it’s a useful cor

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On June 30, 2017

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