It has been two weeks since the offices of the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, were attacked by gunmen. The attack on free speech and the murder of cartoonists led to police shootouts with gunmen, a European crackdown on suspected … Continue reading
On Tuesday, after years of wrangling with their colleagues and with the Central Intelligence Agency, the Senate Democrats released a report that accuses the CIA of what legal scholars have largely agreed on: in the aftermath of 9/11, the United … Continue reading
In time, this too shall pass. It seems only a few short weeks ago that the political talking heads were lighting their hair on fire over the unstoppable threat of Ebola. Now, the virus that continues to ravish West Africa … Continue reading
Next week, the country will go to the polls to decide who will have pride of place among Washington’s well-practiced disfunction. More likely than not, the Republicans will keep the House of Representatives and win the Senate. Then what? The … Continue reading
The Fog of Policy is back! Today, we’ll reach into our pile of discarded news stories and revisit the phenomenon of the early summer that was Thomas Picketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Why? Because it was good – but not as good as you might have been told. Continue reading
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