Our Editors' Favorite Pieces
November 06, 2010
Jonathan Chait: For The New Republic’s 96th anniversary, we’re running a feature where some longtime writers and editors highlight a favorite article. Wait, you ask—96th anniversary? Why? I think it’s because we forgot to do anything for the 95th, and the 97th through 99th anniversaries are at least as silly as the 96th, and by the 100th anniversary, we’ll be living under the Palin regime, where all forms of reading will have been forgotten, and we’ll all be wearing animal skins and subsisting on wild plants.
Introducing Citizen Cohn
June 29, 2010
Does the world really need another blog on politics and policy? There was a time when that question made sense. A year and a half ago, when I started a blog about health care reform, I distinctly remember thinking it would be a nice little diversion from my longer articles—a way to keep in touch with readers and, once in a while, to amplify a point I couldn’t make within the confines of the print magazine. I turned out to be very wrong.
Must-Read Classic Kinsley
April 15, 2010
Today TNR is featuring one of my all-time favorite articles -- "The Mystery Of The Free Lunch" by Michael Kinsley, published in 1981. It's very difficult to describe this piece. The basic argument of the piece is that, while supply-side economics claims that tax rates on the rich play a crucial role in aligning incentives, a massive amount of consumption by the rich is actually tax-free.
Recriminations of a Left-Hand Man
October 21, 2009
I knew it had to come, but according to my plans, and to the arrangement of "usual arrangements," I'd be dead by that time. And I am: dead to the world in which I was so recognizably alive. Of course I never guessed how it would come. (Guessing wasn't in the cards we held close to the chest.) Other people--everyone else--were the ones who had to guess. "Keep them guessing," Roy would say. He liked saying that. And other people did guess.
July 06, 1992
Ross Perot lives on Strait Lane in a world of his own. On the most exclusive street of millionaires in North Dallas, he has surrounded himself with alarms and sensors, fences and security guards. He has frequently deployed private investigators to uncover personally discrediting material about competitors. Those determined to humiliate and destroy him, he has explained, publicly and privately, include terrorists, drug lords, the CIA, and a criminal cabal of high officials in the Reagan and Bush administrations in which the president of the United States is complicit.
The Mystery of the Free Lunch
May 23, 1981
Michael Kinsley on swanky business expenses.