Arnold Kling: October 2003 Archives

Managing the Terror War

"But at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is that we never see another attack on America again. That's how we ought to measure success. Deep down, I think Don Rumsfeld knows this, and he's puzzled... Read More

Group-Thinking and The Angry Left

"...the neo-elite has not yet acquired all the characteristics of a viable leadership class -- in particular the capacity to represent and lead the rest of society... Precisely because the neo-elite is much larger than traditional elites, its members increasingly.. Read More

Nonlinear Thinking

"...it takes a long time to recognize a change in a long-term trend" --Alan Blinder   This year, I attended the Pop!tech conference, an annual event that looks at technology and culture. The conference exemplifies what I would call nonlinear... Read More

Populism vs. Economics

"Each of the four schools that together represent the American foreign policy debate makes distinct contributions to national power, and each is well matched with the others -- capable of complementing one another and of flexibly combining in many ways... Read More

The Great Displacement

"The high rates of investment in street, highway, water, and sewer capital literally helped pave the way for the postwar suburbanization boom." -- Alexander J. Field, "The Most Technologically Progressive Decade," American Economic Review, September 2003   If Read More

An Open Letter to Paul Krugman

Dear Paul,   You might remember me from graduate school at MIT. I would like to ask you a question about what constitutes a reasonable argument.   For example, suppose I were to say, "We should abolish the minimum wage.... Read More

Health Insurance Do-Nots

"Forget about the haves and the have-nots. America now faces a divide between do's and do-nots... Conservatives, Sawhill argues, will need to spend more generously on child care subsidies and wage supplements and last-resort jobs to get the poor... Read More

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