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Reluctant as I am to disagree with both Atrios and my co-bloggers, I think Yglesias is pretty clearly right here: …as I’ve been discovering, Washington insiders not on the AFL-CIO payroll don’t like Gephardt either. He’s the congressional leader who congressmen don’t like; the labor ally who union members don’t like; the insider who insiders don’t […]

Junk Science

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On June 23, 2004

The Hardball Times evaluates the “Productive Outs” stat now being used by ESPN–expect to get the hard sell from your local broadcaster soon. Anyway, a team’s tendency to make &

Property and the State

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On June 23, 2004

As a follow-up to Rob’s post about Iraq as a libertarian paradise, check out this post by Cass Sunstein over at Volokh, which reminds us that we used to have people in positions of power in thi

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 […]
Arthur Silber reminds us of another reason to resist the canonization of Ronald Reagan: his nomination of the truly appalling Robert Bork to the Supreme Court. To ponder what would have happened if the future author of Slouching Towards Gomorrah had not been rejected by the Senate is chilling. I’m reminded of Bruce Ackerman’s splendid review […]
I’ve got no expectations one way or another on Thomas Frank’s new book, What’s the Matter With Kansas? It may be a rather vulgar Marxist oversimplification, or it may shed some light on the cultural and political transformation of Kansas, and the midwest generally in the last 30 years. Josh Chavetz’ hatchet job doesn’t really offer much […]
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