Summer Recap and a Brief Effort to Explain Thomas Picketty

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

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ (Flawed) Argument for Reparations

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?
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Let’s Talk about Cliven Bundy, Donald Sterling, and Racists in America

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

Hypocrisy, Gay Rights, and the Political Sideshow

After an unexpected hiatus, the Fog of Policy is back with a look at political hypocrisy. On the same week that one CEO was fired for his political contributions, another is under fire for his contradictory stance, and a family-values Congressman is caught in an extra-marital affair, we ask: when should we care? And when is it all just a distraction? Continue reading

The CIA Spying on Congress is Big News, Right?

On Tuesday, Sen. Feinstein accused the CIA of spying on Congress and of interfering with a congressional investigation. The details would make for a taut political thriller. But that’s not the news, not really. The news is that Congress has lost the ability to oversee this country’s clandestine operations. Continue reading

SPOTLIGHT: James Taranto Will Tell You When You’ve Been Raped

Here’s what I wanted to write about today: I wanted to write about how one of the unseen consequences of all the bickering in Congress is the continued expansion of the President’s ability to wage war on his own prerogative. … Continue reading

Giving at Home, Giving Abroad, and the Bind of Relative Need

The Fog Of Policy marks its 2014 return with a look at charitable giving and whether or not you should be giving most of your money (or at least most of your charitable donations) abroad. Come on in and learn a bit about Peter Singer, intuition pumps, and why the world is (again!) more complicated than they tell you. Continue reading

On the Impossibility of Women’s Issues

There are two kinds of people who care about the equality of women: those who understand that feminism has a branding problem, and those who do not. But I think there’s a more fundamental problem with modern feminism and it’s this: feminism starts from the premise that there is such a thing as ‘women’s issues’. I’d like to humbly submit that there is not. Continue reading

SPOTLIGHT: When the News Cycle Forgets What Ever Happened to GITMO?

What happens when the news cycle just forgets about a story? If you want an example of how a story can just fall out of the conversation, then there’s perhaps no better example than the American prison at Guantanamo Bay. From lightning rod to barely a footnote, Americans have moved on. Continue reading