1896

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On September 20, 2004
I had no idea about this, which I find fascinating. If I’m ever called upon to teach American political development/history and the 1896 election comes up, you can bet this’ll be in my lecture. UPDATE: Erik Loomis has some interesting observations on 1896 at Alterdestiny.

Kerry on Iraq

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The fine people at Fox News were kind enough to broadcast Kerry’s Iraq speech at NYU this morning, live and uninterupted. I’ve been surfing around looking for a transcript, or even a decen

Lindsay Beyerstein has a good review of Thomas Frank’s new book. I do think, however, that her punchline underemphasizes the most important part of Frank’s argument: Short answer: the habit of subsuming economics to “culture.” This tendency is nearly universal in America. David Brooks has made a career out of it. The habit is reinforced […]

Hawk vs. Dove

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On September 18, 2004
Borrowing again from that young Harvard punk, I have to confess to many of the same hawkish sentiments. This isn’t the first time that we’ve discussed how judging a position by the worst arguments made in its favor is unfair, but I think that the tendency deserves a second look. Two, as my roommate at the […]

Supply Side…

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On September 18, 2004
Is back in style! Did it ever go out? Atrios’ analysis is entirely accurate: For those who may not remember, Laffer was the guy who scribbled what became known as the “Laffer curve” on napkin to demonstrate how if you cut taxes then revenues will magically go up! The idea (correct) being that too high tax […]
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