Why 2004 Matters

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On June 22, 2004
Jack Balkin, in a must-read post, provides another reason to be skeptical about Jon Chait’s claim that the 2004 election won’t be important. Balkin notes the potentially disastrous consequences of further entrenching the constitutional vision of the Bush Administration. I don’t believe, as Balkin and Sanford Levinson recently argued in what is generally a terrific […]
A couple months ago, the Washington Post had a story (which I can’t find) about young applicants for Heritage Foundation internships finding themselves in the far more exciting field of rebuilding Iraq. The administration, rather than seeking out people able to do the jobs assigned to them, had simply hired inexperienced young ideologues. Atrios has another […]

Algiers

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On June 21, 2004
Read this excellent essay on French torture in Algeria. You’ll need to watch an ad in order to get to it. I’ve always been a little bit twitchy about torture; it must serve some purpose to authorities, because it’s been around forever (functionalism alarm). Rejali makes the point that torture does not work by increasing available […]
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