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My Conversation with Ross Douthat

I think Ross, along with Steven Pinker, received the hardest (though never hostile) questions from me, but of course that is a measure of respect.  Plus serious questions about God are difficult by their nature.  Here is how the summarizers...Show More Summary

Forget 'Populism.' Republican Base Wants Rich Guys To Run The Country

In his column today, Ross Douthat has some words of praise for Mitt Romney, who's likely to be the next senator from Utah. But he's mostly critical: For all that he is upright and decent and loves his country, Romney was also part of...Show More Summary

What Did I Get Wrong This Year?

Earlier today I criticized Ross Douthat’s column acknowledging that he was wrong about deficits. That’s fine, some might say, but what about you, big talker? Any big mistakes you’d like to own up to this year? Sure. The problem here isn’t ego, it’s laziness. I don’t have even the haziest recollection of what I’ve written […]

Now Is the Time to Be a Deficit Hawk

Ross Douthat decided to devote his entire year-end “mistakes” column to a single thing this year: In the spirit of the longer view, I want to use this confessional column to reach back to the early Obama years, and the arguments I made then that assumed the urgency of deficit reduction, the pressing need for […]

Tuesday assorted links

1. Update on Chinese credit and social ranking schemes. 2. Ross Douthat on Last Jedi, and Cass Sunstein on same. 3. Caplan and Noah debate education. 4. Yuval Levin digs into the CDC “banned words” story and it is not what you were told at first. The post Tuesday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Ross Douthat; A War Trump Won

In the pages of the New York Times, Ross Douthat writes about the media ignoring the fact that the Trump Administration actually put ISIS out of business in Syria and Iraq without getting in a shooting war with the Russians and that they did it in record time. But this is also a press failure, […]

"Universal" Doesn't Mean the Same Thing to Ross Douthat as the Rest of Us

Ross Douthat goes over what he sees as the good and the bad in the Republican tax plans in his column today. He notes the ending of the mandate that people buy health care insurance in the Senate version of the bill and then says: "In...Show More Summary

Raw Data: The Declining US Fertility Rate

This is literally apropos of nothing. I happened to get pointed to a Ross Douthat tweetstorm about declining fertility rates, and it made me curious about what our fertility rate actually looks like. So here it is: I really have nothing at all to say about this. As it turns out, our fertility rate did […]

Evangelical over/under

Ross Douthat, "Is There an Evangelical Crisis?", NYT 11/25/2017 (emphasis added): But it’s also possible that evangelical intellectuals and writers, and their friends in other Christian traditions, have overestimated how much a serious theology has ever mattered to evangelicalism’s sociological success. Show More Summary

Two New NR Podcasts: Jaywalking and Projections

I’m pleased to announce that National Review has launched two new podcasts: Jaywalking, with Jay Nordlinger, and Projections, with Kyle Smith and Ross Douthat. Jaywalking, in Jay’s own words, is “an audio version of Impromptus, covering...Show More Summary

What should I ask Ross Douthat?

I will be having a Conversation with him December 4th, by the way, you can register here.  His forthcoming book is spectacular, but we will talk about everything under (and above) the sun, what should I ask him? The post What should I ask Ross Douthat? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

THIS MUST BE PLAYING WELL IN MANHATTAN TODAY. Ross Douthat in the New York Times: What if Ken Starr …

THIS MUST BE PLAYING WELL IN MANHATTAN TODAY. Ross Douthat in the New York Times: What if Ken Starr Was Right? Related: How Anita Hill betrayed feminism. As Zhou Enlai never said, the outcome of the French Revolution? Too soon to te...

A Defiant Surrender to Trump

Ross Douthat: “In the end, if you want Republican voters to reject Trumpism, you need to give them clear electoral opportunities to do so — even if you expect defeat, even if it’s all but certain.” “If Corker really means [...]

ROSS DOUTHAT: The ’70s And Us. You can remember some of it with ’70s statistics: Never so many…

ROSS DOUTHAT: The ’70s And Us. You can remember some of it with ’70s statistics: Never so many divorces, never so many abortions, a much higher rate of rape, an S.T.D. crisis that culminated in the AIDS epidemic. But some of it is better grasped through anecdote and social history — particularly the extent to […]

The pigs of liberalism

That’s the title of Ross Douthat’s column in today’s Times. It’s important. Maybe [Weinstein’s] overdue exposure shows that the world has changed, and progressive industries are finally feminist enough to put their old goats out to pasture. But it might just show that a certain kind of powerful liberal creep only gets his comeuppance when he’s... View Article

ROSS DOUTHAT ON HARVEY WEINSTEIN: The Pigs of Liberalism. “Maybe his overdue exposure shows that t…

ROSS DOUTHAT ON HARVEY WEINSTEIN: The Pigs of Liberalism. “Maybe his overdue exposure shows that the world has changed, and progressive industries are finally feminist enough to put their old goats out to pasture. But it might just show that a certain kind of powerful liberal creep only gets his comeuppance when he’s weakened or […]

Why Hugh Hefner’s Haters Won’t Let Him Rest In Peace

4 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

Ross Douthat’s powerful takedown of Hugh Hefner in The New York Times is part of a new trend of speaking ill of the dead, when their bodies are scarcely cold.

Sunday assorted links

1. 95 pp. Timur Kuran survey on the economics of Islam. 2. New paper on identification in macroeconomics. 3. “Are neoliberals mean?” 4. Ross Douthat seems to think that Hugh Hefner is something other than underrated (NYT). 5. And who...Show More Summary

Justice and Mercy, Good and Evil, in Mother!

I was not optimistic about Darren Aronofsky’s new film, Mother! Some of the reviews led me to believe it would be ugly, pretentious, and even revolting, so I had decided to skip it. A fascinating review by Ross Douthat in the forthcoming print issue of National Review made me reconsider, and I’m glad I did. Show More Summary

Raw Data: Astrology in Europe

This is apropos of nothing except that (a) I really don’t want to write about nuclear war with North Korea, and (b) Ross Douthat happened to point to it as part of an argument that other countries are stupid too. Anyway, here are the results of a 2011 study about the beliefs of Europeans: Apparently […]

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