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February 2014 Archives

February 28, 2014 4:25 PM Weekend Film Recommendation: La Haine

C’est l’histoire d’un homme qui tombe d’un immeuble de cinquante étages. Le mec, au fur et à mesure de sa chute se répète sans cesse pour se rassurer : jusqu’ici...

By Johann Koehler

February 28, 2014 8:45 AM The Paradox of Acceptance and Psychological Change

Lindsay Holmes has penned a widely-circulated piece on what not to say to people with anxiety disorders. Many people respond to the chronically anxious with phrases like “Calm down”, “Why...

By Keith Humphreys

February 27, 2014 2:01 PM Bill Clinton, You're No Hans Noel

There's a lot to disagree with in Tyler Cowen's latest post responding to Hans Noel's piece about the nature of political science scholarship. Basically, Hans was objecting to Nicholas Kristof's...

By Seth Masket

February 27, 2014 9:46 AM GOP Like the Dog That Chases a Car

We are all familiar with the spectacle of a dog frantically chasing a car, which strikes us as stupid because, after all, what on Earth would the dog do with...

By Martin Longman

February 26, 2014 5:29 PM Activism in a World of Polarized Parties

I recently gave an interview (see here or here) to Evan Juska of The Climate Group, an environmental activist organization concerned about climate change. They were interested in the implications...

By Hans Noel

February 26, 2014 2:37 PM All You Need to Know About the 2014 DC Elections

People in this town pay a lot of attention to national races, but for the most part, the District’s politics—the battles and squabbles going on in our own backyards—are overlooked,...

By Summer Jiang

February 25, 2014 11:45 AM Looking Back at Reagan

If someone wanted to, they could make an amusing video montage of the 2012 Republican presidential aspirants using the words "Ronald Reagan" incessantly in each of their thirty billion debates....

By Martin Longman

February 24, 2014 8:46 AM I Wasn't There, But Let Me Tell You Exactly What Happened

In response to my lament to my lament regarding how some people think watching movies makes them an expert in a public policy area, Kevin Drum sees a broader problem...

By Keith Humphreys

February 21, 2014 9:37 AM Why I Do Not Warn Movie Viewers About Content That Could Be Upsetting

I take a break from film recommendations this week to address an ethical issue about film reviewing. Beyond denoting some of my film recommendations as being for children (e.g., Treasure...

By Keith Humphreys

February 21, 2014 7:35 AM Waffle House and the American Nations

When discussing North American regionalism one is bound, sooner or later, to explore the stark division of the country between Waffle House and IHOP restaurants, two franchises whose territories almost...

By Colin Woodard

February 20, 2014 9:13 AM Opioid Addiction is Everywhere

Many middle-class parents were appropriately rattled by Ben Cimons’ powerful account in Washington Post of being a “nice suburban kid” who became addicted to opiods and ultimately almost died of...

By Keith Humphreys

February 19, 2014 2:22 PM The Challenge of Fictionalized Public Policy Areas

After a long and dispiriting day inspecting prisons, I reluctantly filled an obligation to attend a dinner party. After learning how I had spent my day, several of the guests...

By Keith Humphreys

February 16, 2014 2:50 PM What an Academic Wants, What Kristof Needs...

As most readers will know by now, Nicholas Kristof today wrote a New York Times column entitled "Professors, We Need You!," calling upon academics to engage the political world and...

By Seth Masket

February 14, 2014 11:23 AM A Valentine to the 99 Percent, from Ayn Rand

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]...

By Keith Humphreys

February 14, 2014 11:21 AM Discussing Drug Addiction and Overdose with Michael Krasny, Vitka Eisen and David Sheff

Many radio call-in shows are cringeworthy, but between Michael Krasny’s matchless skills as a host and the high quality of the calls from San Francisco Bay Area listeners, KQED Forum...

By Keith Humphreys

February 13, 2014 4:56 AM A Hand Outstretched into the Cold Night

I had an long and interesting discussion yesterday with Maia Szalavitz about public health approaches to addiction (Her full article is here). One question we kicked around is why extremely...

By Keith Humphreys

February 12, 2014 9:32 PM Silence and Segregation

Toward the end of his life the legendary French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan would lead his seminars in almost absolute silence. Though he suffered from some kind of aphasia, Lacan’s silences...

By Corey Robin

February 12, 2014 4:13 AM What Is the Generalized System of Preferences, and Should Congress Renew It?

As Congressional debate heats up over the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), one of the bill’s attachments, renewing the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), is drawing increased attention. Instituted...

By Michelle Wein

February 12, 2014 4:12 AM Planting the Seeds of a New Heroin Epidemic

In our recent discussion at Washington Post’s Wonkblog, Harold Pollack and I talked about the astonishing scale of prescription opioid consumption in the US, which has no parallel anywhere else...

By Keith Humphreys

February 11, 2014 1:01 PM Corporate Lysenkoism

If you’re a scientist, and your findings might cost a big company some money, expect that company to try to destroy you, personally as well as professionally. Of course, we...

By Mark Kleiman

February 11, 2014 12:01 PM An Interview with Eric Holder on Mass Incarceration

Attorney General Eric H. Holder made some remarkable comments to me recently about the inequities of the American system of justice, and strongly suggested that the Obama administration is finally ready...

By Douglas A. Blackmon

February 10, 2014 11:26 AM America Is Driving Young Scientists out of Health Research

I have written before about the extraordinary pressures on young scientists and how their low chances of securing research funding is driving many of them to quit. As our corps...

By Keith Humphreys

February 10, 2014 11:24 AM Vladimir Mikhainovich Romneyov for 2016

There’s lots of nonsense being talked about how the Republicans don’t have a natural candidate for 2016. In fact, there’s someone with (1) huge name recognition; (2) a strong anti-gay...

By Mark Kleiman

February 10, 2014 11:22 AM AIPAC puts Menendez-Kirk on the Shelf

As 42 Senate Republicans push for a quick vote on the Mendendez-Kirk Iran sactions bill - guaranteed to derail the current negotiations if it were to pass - Sen. Menendez...

By Mark Kleiman

February 08, 2014 4:47 AM Employment and Freedom

Kevin Drum, who had the nerve to suggest that leaded gasoline that was bad for people (as though that mattered next to the admirable and meritorious fortunes it made for...

By Michael O'Hare

February 08, 2014 4:46 AM Weekend Film Recommendation: A Time for Drunken Horses

I remember the Kurdish area on the Iran/Iraq border as a land of stunning beauty and inordinate risk. No movie captures both realities better than this week’s film recommendation: A...

By Keith Humphreys

February 07, 2014 2:00 PM Authorship and Authenticity

Mamoru Samuragochi, until yesterday, was a deaf composer widely admired in Japan. It now appears he is not deaf, and most of his works were ghostwritten for two decades by...

By Michael O'Hare

February 07, 2014 11:49 AM China Edging Towards Pro-Children Policy

Guizhou Province, China Many young adults in China would agree that this year’s Spring Festival, the weeklong national holiday in which family members spend quality time together, was sweet...

By Summer Jiang

February 06, 2014 12:05 PM U.S. Marijuana Legalization and the Future of Mexico

Alejandro Hope runs one of the precious few blogs that regularly provides data-based drug policy analysis, and his work is always worth reading. The latest example is his Bloomberg View...

By Keith Humphreys

February 06, 2014 11:50 AM Are People Already Tired of Hillary?

Kevin Drum highlights a potential problem for Hillary Clinton: And Hillary has another problem too: By 2016 she will have been in the public eye for 24 years. That's unprecedented....

By Seth Masket

February 06, 2014 11:49 AM Did the CBO just kill Obamacare?

On Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office released a report that estimates, among other things, that enough Americans will reduce their work hours, or leave the workforce, to be equivalent to...

By Jennifer Nicoll Victor

February 05, 2014 12:04 PM Scarlett Johansson, BDS, and Collective Punishment

No serious Zionist should defend Scarlett Johansson’s decision to remain as Sodastream’s official Spokesbabe, a decision that led her to sever her ties with Oxfam. Yet the controversy surrounding her...

By Jonathan Zasloff

February 05, 2014 12:01 PM Employment, Health Insurance and Means Testing

The CBO Budget Outlook (2014-24) is out today, and much of the focus is on their revised estimate of the ACA’s impact on the labor market (Appendix C, pp. 118-27)....

By Don Taylor

February 04, 2014 11:26 AM How the White House Ate the Cabinet

Among my friend Bill Capron’s many achievements was serving as an economic advisor in the White Houses of JFK and LBJ. As someone who also worked in the Executive Office...

By Keith Humphreys

February 04, 2014 11:19 AM Losing Your License to Drink

If you are looking for some airplane reading, please pick up the latest issue of the Brown Digest of World Affairs. It includes an article on the 24/7 Sobriety program...

By Keith Humphreys

February 03, 2014 4:22 PM Post Office Banking: Why the Hell Not?

If in fact 68 million U.S. adults live in unbanked households, why not let the US Postal Service provide basic financial services? Not, it seems to me, either checking accounts...

By Mark Kleiman

February 03, 2014 4:16 PM Rescheduling Cannabis Is Pointless

The discussion of “rescheduling” marijuana is confused because most of the people engaged in it don’t know how the law works. Jacob Sullum, always willing to let his ignorance be...

By Mark Kleiman

February 01, 2014 4:11 AM The Diverse Rewards of Being an Oblivious Investor

Imagine you set up an automated Twitter account called something like “Inside Investment Advice” and made it alternate every 24 hours between two tweets: Oh God! Sell! Sell! Sell! Sell!...

By Keith Humphreys

February 01, 2014 4:08 AM The GOP's Two "Official" Immigration Policies

On Tuesday, I wrote about how parties promote a coordinated message to get their talking points across. In response, leading Republicans offered four responses, and then there was this reminder...

By Gregory Koger

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