Crashing into Reality: the Brexit Deadline Approaches

Politicians have played fast and loose with the truth in recent years. Yes, they have long, if not always, had challenges keeping their stories fully-aligned with the truth, but the stuff we’ve been witnessing seems to be something of a different sort from what we were long used to.

Are Guns the Problem?

Are guns the problem? It's time to have an honest conversation. https://t.co/WhTJyQE9HQ — Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) February 16, 2018 Kentucky’s governor Matt Bevin gave a short interview to the Cincinnati Enquirer about the issue of guns in America. Below is the CC transcript of the interview from YouTube. (Hence the lack of punctuation.) I’ve […]

Degrowth is Necessary

Branko Milanovic recently published a post that tackles the idea of degrowth (an idea I favor) head on. He’s one of my favorite economic thinkers, who has spent years focusing on the topic of inequality, long before it became a topic of broad interest. That, and the fact that I find him to be incredibly forthright, […]

Cratering Respectability Politics

I’m not certain of much in life, but that Donald Trump is a disgrace who is in over his head seems pretty unquestionable. The London terrorist attacks were yet another chance for him to show a bit of leadership (or just a shred of decency), but it was yet another test that he failed miserably. […]

In the wake of the London terrorist attack

I’m not going to talk about the London terrorist attack, at least not directly. Too many people will take care of that in other places. But given that I’m in the middle of a book on UK politics, and the country is just days away from national elections, I thought I should take a look at […]

Tory Cuts Questioned as the NHS Gets Hit by Ransomware

The UK’s NHS got caught up in the major ransomware attack that hit computers around the world yesterday. In the wake of the attack, the Mirror is reporting that the Tories cut computer security funding from the NHS a year ago, despite being warned that doing so would leave thousands of government computers (and thus hospitals) vulnerable to […]

All Hands on the Brexit Deck!

I’ve been meaning to dip a toe into the podcasting waters for a while, and I finally forced myself to give it a try today. I was on a walk out to a local market during rush hour, so there’s a lot of road noise. I’ll try to pick my times/conditions more carefully going forward. […]

Will Corbyn Go Gentle into that Good Night?

Nearly a month into the 24-month window for Article 50 negotiations, and before the negotiators have even had the chance to sit down together for the first time, the Tories have announced snap elections. As I noted yesterday, the Tories have repeatedly stated that there would not be early elections. With 17 months to negotiate an agreement […]