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Excellent point from Krugman here: So this seems like a good time to remind everyone that Pelosi is by far the greatest speaker of modern times and surely ranks among the most impressive people ever to hold that position. And it’s interesting to ask why she gets so little credit with the news media, and […]
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Missouri Post-Mortem

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On August 14, 2018
Jake Rosenfeld has a good piece on the meanings of Missouri voters’ overwhelming rejection of the state’s right-to-work law. The decimation of organized labor in Missouri since the last time “right to work” was on the ballot makes the defeat of Proposition A all the more surprising—and, perhaps, important. It is one thing to vote […]

Slavery, Post-1865

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On August 14, 2018

One of the biggest weaknesses of any constitutional amendment is that of the 13th Amendment, allowing for unpaid labor by prisoners. Whether its writers thought through the potential repercussions of

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On August 14, 1889, workers on the London docks walked out on strike. Over 100,000 workers eventually struck and they won an incredible victory, one of the greatest achievements for organized labor anywhere in the world during these years. Dock workers lived terrible lives, as did much of the British working class. The British poor […]

An Innocent Man

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On August 13, 2018

This seems like a man with nothing to hide: Yes, nothing is more dispositive evidence that someone never uses racial slurs than “somebody just phoned me up and assures me that to his knowledge t

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