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Decentralized Defense against Terror

The Washington Post must be reading Jonathan's mind (or his posts), because in a column today (reg. req.), the WaPo:

(1) Points out that the centralized air defense network didn't help/save us on 9/11 Read more »

Advice for Kerry

A problem that the Kerry campaign has been having since becoming the 'presumptive candidate', is that it seemed every time that Kerry opened his mouth, his poll numbers would drop. Conversely, when he sidelined himself for one reason or another, his numbers would rise (when Bush was the only one around making a fool of himself). Combined with the problem of "me-tooism" on the part of Kerry's camp (or, alternatively, Bush's co-opting of Kerry's planned campaign themes with regards to foreign policy), Kerry's camp has been notably bereft of big ideas. Read more »

More Anti-US policy = More Democracy?

The last paragraph of Henry Farrell's otherwise sound analysis of future US-EU foreign policy relations strikes me as rather odd:

Either way, it’s safe to predict that EU-US politics will become a lot more contentious, as the Parliament takes a much more active role on internationally controversial issues. In general, I reckon that this has to be a good thing: more democracy is better than less, even if it has awkward or even bad consequences in individual cases.

Individuals Reach Space!

This time, neither as state actors nor as state passengers, but as entrepreneurs...



Outsourcing recession

Daniel Drezner follows up on Tyler's original post which posed the question "why are Asian central banks buying dollars?", when the dollar seems to be an overpriced asset who's value is dropping relative to other currencies, and says that, most likely, its a combination of politics and the historical propensity of East Asian corporate & state inv Read more »

European politics: Plus ca change, plus ca meme chose?

Though I ought to be in bed, I unwisely took a gander at CT before dashing off. There I noticed that Henry Farrell explains that American conservatives ought not cheer for the victories of the Anti-EU right in EUrope, as the anti-EU right in Europe are all crypto-fascists and/or racists/anti-semites. Read more »

And now for something completely different

An odd chain of events leads me to a true observation of DC society that is apropos of nothing and probably signifies nothing in the end. Let me 'splain. Read more »

The people have spoken


(via The Agitator)

Mind the Gap

The productivity gap, that is. So says Anthony de Jasay to the EUrocrats in general debating economic liberalization and their revealed preference against it.

According to de Jasay, the political problem facing the EUrocrats is this: Read more »

Why buy bad money?

Tyler Cowen asks why Asian central banks are buying US dollars hand over fist, despite the sour outlook most US economists have for both the dollar and US trade positions. He comes up with a few reasons explaining why, and then puts up an addendum that seems telling:

If I look at my own portfolio, I am doing much the same thing. I believe that most assets are overpriced and I don't know where else to put my money.

On the methods of physical and social sciences

Shonk, over at Selling Waves, has revisited a post of mine from way back in September where I lauded and also gently chided the book "Sync", a work about the 'emerging science of spontaneous order'. Read more »


Though it is generally a given that anything emanating from the Guardian's editorial pages is rubbish, Scott Burgess points to a particularly inane and fact-averse piece on the latest fad 'epidemic' of obesity by Polly Toynbee. Read more »

We're from the government and we're here to <s>hump</s> help

The NY POST tells a story that should come as a shock to no one post-Clinton, that at least in the NY State assembly, interns are selected primarily for their sexual potential rather than their other attributes.

"[M]embers make calls prior to the arrival of the interns in January, or send out scouts to look them over, and then they put in their 'orders' with the staff for the type that they want."