The Fog of Policy is going on summer recess. If you have any suggestions for how to improve things, or if there are topics you’d like to see covered, this would be a great time to submit those. Have fun, keep safe, and see all of you in a few months.
America got back its last POW in a trade that saw five Taliban fighters released from GITMO – and the country quickly shifted into scandal mode. Sometimes in a fight, the most relevant question isn’t who’s right and who’s wrong, but rather, “How in the world did we end up fighting like this?” Continue reading
This country has been at war for the last decade, and with every passing year it has become harder and harder to know what that means. For the men and women who have been asked to fight, kill, and die … Continue reading
Ta-Nehisi Coates makes a powerful argument for reparations and one that raises important questions. After more than a century and a half, who inherits the obligation to pay for slavery and who inherits the right to receive payment? Who inherits the obligation to make amends, and who inherits the right to forgive?
Among the many ways in which we prejudice our thinking, special mention should be given to ‘confirmation bias’. Listen to the way politicos talk about research and you’ll see what I mean: any study that agrees with your position is groundbreaking, any study that disagrees with it is deeply flawed. The best way to avoid this pitfall is to get an appreciation for just how easy it is to find really bad evidence in support of any position. Continue reading
By the modest standards of this blog, last week’s piece – The Truth (and Doubts) about Gun Control - has received a gratifying amount of traffic. I’m taking note and hoping to bring you more long-format treatments of important topics in … Continue reading
Sometimes, you get a brushfire but no smoke. And last week in North Carolina, we got a spark. On Tuesday, establishment Republican Thom Tillis defeated a Tea Party challenge from Greg Brannon to become the GOP’s candidate for this fall’s Senate race. And for my money, that race produced what should have been last week’s big scandal story. Continue reading
The issue of guns in America is mired in misinformation. Do guns make society safer or more dangerous? What’s the relationship between gun ownership and violent crime? These are questions that produce a lot of noise and recrimination, but not a lot of insight. This report tries to cut through that noise and shed light on what we know – as well as what we don’t know. Continue reading
Two days ago, the state of Oklahoma revived arguments about the death penalty when it was forced to issue an emergency stay to a man just hours before his scheduled execution. The stay came after an earlier attempt to execute … Continue reading
For weeks, I did the best I could to ignore Cliven Bundy, which wasn’t easy. Conservative media outlets were busy lionizing the Nevada rancher for refusing to comply with the law and instead attempting to get his way through armed … Continue reading