I’ve written two campaign-end posts for the League of Ordinary Gentlemen: 1) If conservatives really want to dismiss Nate Silver, it looks like they’d better dismiss stats entirely. Their piecemeal attacks on his method, model, looks, size, demeanor, voice, etc, just aren’t gonna get the job done. 2) As close as the presidential election is, … Continue reading
Hey! Hi! Sorry it’s been so long! I’ve written two posts on the Democratic National Convention for The League of Ordinary Gentlemen! C’mon and click and read and enjoy! The first covers Michelle Obama’s speech—and conservatives’ obsession with painting her husband as un-American. Here’s the link, and here’s an excerpt: Yes, the First Lady did a … Continue reading
Here’s a new League post on whether democracies can be liberal—and whether liberalism can survive in democratic regimes: There are much more interesting questions lurking behind the (usually unprofitable) “are we/aren’t we a Christian or Protestant or WASP or plural nation?” debates: Just how much common ground does a liberal democracy need? Is there a point … Continue reading
I know that I make a practice of complaining about left-wing rhetoric a lot. It’s the reason I started writing non-academically (here and here). Even though it seems like I’m always criticizing the Left, once in a while they surprise me… While it’s still unclear whether the going flap over Obama’s “you didn’t build that” … Continue reading
I’ve posted some thoughts on the Aurora, Colorado tragedy over at The League of Ordinary Gentlemen. Here’s a sample: However we usually define tragedy, there’s something uniquely debilitating about those catastrophes that break into our lives for utterly arbitrary and senseless reasons. Indeed, traditional literary tragedy is often bearable because the pivotal moment of collapse … Continue reading
Media criticism is definitely the lowest form of analysis, but sometimes it’s an urge worth indulging. There’s been a recent current of lefty commentary purporting to discover that the GOP is primarily concerned with preserving tax privileges for the wealthiest Americans. Here’s Jonathan Chait: [T]hough he has passed himself off as a deficit hawk, [Paul] … Continue reading
In case you missed them, here are a few of my recent posts over at The League of Ordinary Gentlemen: • “The Non-Wonky Institutional Left”: Wait, are leftists starting to make strong moral arguments again? Am I out of a job, or at least a hobby horse? • “Reflections on the Revolution in the United States of America”: … Continue reading
No. No it cannot. Here’s why.
I know that I’ve let things slide here at home(page), but I’ve posted a review of E.J. Dionne’s new book over at the League. Here’s the link! Posts here will continue to be intermittent until a few personal and professional bottlenecks clear.
I have a new piece over at the League mulling over some of the challenges for leftists who’d like to bring their faith to the public square. Take a look HERE.