Category Archives: Politics

What would the UK parliament look like under Holyrood rules?

I am avidly following the election campaign currently underway in Britain. My last posts on this blog were at the time of the Scottish referendum last year, and it has been fascinating to watch the consequences of that vote play … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Bargaining Chips

The late weeks of the Scottish independence campaign have featured threats and warnings against Scotland that its economy will be in dire trouble if it secedes from the UK. One of the assumptions behind these threats and warnings is that … Continue reading

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Scottish Independence

I was very happy that The Atlantic‘s James Fallows reprinted a letter of mine concerning the swiftly approaching vote on Scottish independence. You can read my take on the issue at The Atlantic here and the responses to it here.

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What’s the Point of the Declaration of Independence?

Happy July 4th, everyone. There was a little itemĀ in the New York Times yesterday, about whether or not a mark in the Declaration of Independence is a period or an ink smudge, and what that means. Why is this important? … Continue reading

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Was The Iraq War Inevitable? A 10th Anniversary Counter-factual.

When the Iraq War started ten years ago, I was a college freshman studying politics, and to call my understanding of international affairs “sophomoric” would be getting ahead of ourselves. I was enthusiastically in support of the war – I … Continue reading

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Of Seconders and Tenthers

Since Newtown, I’ve been struggling to express the difference between someone who has a strongly favorable opinion of guns, but who is rational about it, and the truly extreme cases – such as Wayne LaPierre, Alex Jones, and James Yeager … Continue reading

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Income Redistribution & the Agrarian Law

As fiscal cliff talks continue, the debate over income redistribution rages on. There are two cases to be made for a redistributionist settlement: one economic, one political. The economic case for redistribution is that America’s service-based economy works better with … Continue reading

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