Politics

April 21, 2008

The Faraway Massacre

Friends of Tibet and the Tibetan cause, I would like to remind you that China's totalitarian power also bears responsibility for another crushing disaster: Darfur. Of course I am not saying that the Chinese government and its army are directly involved. Nor that--as in Tibet--they are entirely responsible for a crisis that has only lasted so long because of the more or less tacit consent of other countries. For example, the United States talks a great deal but does little; France, before its presidential elections, promised more and delivered even less.

Why Are There So Many Airport Delays?
12:00 AM

Richard Posner (of course) has the answer--they're a way for airlines to ration plane travel without raising prices: Persistent delay is usually the result of a failure to use price to equate demand and supply. When demand increases in advance of an increase in supply, failure to raise price results in buyers' incurring cost in the form of delay rather than in the form of a higher price... So why are airline prices so low? The answer may lie in the lumpiness of airline service. ...

Highway Bias
12:00 AM

Just to follow up on the point about public transportation in the previous post, it's no secret that Congress has always spent far more to promote driving than it's spent on public transit—note that the White House requested $40 billion for the federal highway budget in 2008, versus $1.08 billion for railroad funding. But that's only the beginning.

Liberalism's Civil War, Forty Years After Brownsville
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1968 was a terrible year for America. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and the civil rights movement broke into what were virtually separate warring camps, demontsrating how one person sometimes unifies people who are basically at odds. Robert F.

April 19, 2008

Clintons V. Kerry
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Tomorrow's Times has an interesting story about Clinton loyalists (of varying degrees) who've defected to Obama--and the hard feelings this has inspired in Hillaryland. My favorite story is the always-fascinating subplot between the Clintons and John Kerry: This tension was neatly distilled in a heated conversation in January between a prominent Clinton supporter and Cameron Kerry, the younger brother of Senator John Kerry, who had just endorsed Mr.

April 18, 2008

Human Rights Matter. Genocide Matters. And We Can't Let This Opportunity To Do Good Go To Waste.
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In this TNR debate, Steven Clemons of the New America Foundation and New Republic deputy editor Richard Just discuss the appropriate response to the Beijing Olympics. In light of China's manifold human rights problems, what is the right response from fans, Olympic athletes, presidential candidates, and the U.S. government itself? Click here for the first, second, and third parts of the exchange, and here for a slideshow story about meaningful Olympic protests. From: Richard Just To: Steven Clemons Click here for the previous entry in the conversation. Let me take Steve's points one by one.

It's the Wal-Marts, Stupid
12:00 AM

Barack Obama’s clumsy remarks on the links between culture and economics in small-town America have unleashed the predictable charges of “elitism” from his opponents. In a typical example, William Kristol wrote in his New York Times column that Senator Obama was “disdainful of small-town America--one might say, of bourgeois America.” The problem is that small-town America can no longer be characterized as “bourgeois.” Bourgeois people are supposed to own things.

Popular Will
12:00 AM

Barack Obama’s comments about the white working class have thrown the political campaign into a particularly comic spasm of pretense and hypocrisy, but I was planning to let it go, I really was, until George F. Will decided to leap to the defense of the proletariat. Yes, that George F. Will.

Johnson To Congress: Bugger Off
12:00 AM

Following in the proud traditions of former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, EPA administrator Stephen Johnson has decided to blow off a subpoena from Rep. Ed Markey's Special Select Committee on Energy Independence and Climate Change. The committee is seeking papers verifying the EPA's compliance with a Supreme Court finding that the agency had no choice but to regulate greenhouse gases.

April 17, 2008

We Have to Clean Up Bush's Messes Before We Can Focus on China

In this TNR debate, Steven Clemons of the New America Foundation and New Republic deputy editor Richard Just discuss the appropriate response to the Beijing Olympics. In light of China's manifold human rights problems, what is the right response from fans, Olympic athletes, presidential candidates, and the U.S. government itself? For the first part of the exchange, click here, and for the second part, click here. Click here to read the previous entry in the conversation. From: Steven Clemons To: Richard Just Richard reads me pretty well. I don’t believe that the U.S.

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