Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Read Stuff, You Should


Happy Birthday to Julie Benz, 40.

And for the good stuff:

1. Want a good, short primer on Social Security financing? Jared Bernstein has one. (I suppose I should note every once in a while that he and I are not related).

2. Real good Ed Kilgore post on how lots of people in Washington think about state and local governments.

3. And I couldn't bring myself to watch the segment on 60 Minutes with a Bush-era torturer, so I'm not going to comment on it directly unless I do...but Andrew Sullivan continues to be just invaluable on this issue. See also Adam Serwer.

7 comments:

  1. backyardfoundryMay 1, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Why is it that 90% of the links on "Read Stuff..." are to other Jewish wonks? Ethnocentrism? Are there really this few goyim producing reliably liberal snark?

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    1. I guess I don't think of Judaism as inflecting Jonathan Bernstein's perspective in political science at all. How in particular do you? (And if so, are you implying that it does so in the same way in particular for other writings he has linked to that were written by those also influenced by Judaism?) Otherwise, this seems like a needlessly vague comment on your part. One that's very much liable to be misunderstood, or understood all too well...

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    2. Anon,

      "I guess I don't think of Judaism as inflecting Jonathan Bernstein's perspective in political science at all."

      Then why the large disparity? Jewish % of the population and of the liberal snarking class seems way out of whack with % of links by Professer Bernstein. Standard liberal critique of all non-liberal institutions (so CAP gets a free pass, of course) and people is to look at those ratios and impute some unsavory motive or bias. I think that liberals should face their own critiques for obvious reasons.

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    3. Does Plain Blog really have to hire Fred Malek to go back through old links?

      Anon --

      I'm not sure that's true. I did an influences post a while ago, so there's another source if you want to count. FWIW.

      All of this does remind me, however, that I should link to Millman more often.

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    4. "Does Plain Blog really have to hire Fred Malek to go back through old links?"

      There's a nation of Malek's counting the number of (for example) Hispanics in an organization.

      http://www.uniformguidelines.com/uniformguidelines.html

      Are you against statistical-bias-finding generally, or just when it's applied to you? I know how most liberals answer...

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    5. backyardfoundryMay 2, 2012 at 3:24 AM

      Yep, no answer is the usual answer. And the safest one.

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  2. Well, Kilgore is a self-described Crackro-American goy, doesn't he count as diversity? And while Sullivan doesn't wear his religion on his sleeve, I've gotten a distinct impression that he's Catholic. :-)

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