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Dynamist Blog Dynamist Blog Welcome to VPostrel.com, the new site for all my work. (Old links to Dynamist.com still work, but they’re forwarded here instead.) Thanks to Ben Parizek and Barrel Strength Design for creating a beautiful, streamlined design that should make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for--and for me to keep the site up to date. We're still working out a few bugs, so if you run into any glitches, please use the "Contact" button above to let me know.
The other day someone — I don’t remember who or where — asked an interesting question: when did it become so common to disparage anyone who hasn’t made it big, hasn’t gotten rich, as a “loser”? Well, that’s actually a question we can answer, using Google Ngrams, which track the frequency with which words or phrases are used in books: Sure enough, the term “losers” has become much more common since the 1960s. And I think this word usage reflects something real — a growing contempt for the little people. This contempt surely isn’t limited to Republican politicians. The Conscience of a Liberal The Conscience of a Liberal
Paul Robin Krugman (born February 28, 1953) is an American economist, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Centenary Professor at the London School of Economics, and an op-ed columnist for The New York Times.[2][3] In 2008, Krugman won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to New Trade Theory and New Economic Geography. According to the prize Committee, the prize was given for Krugman's work explaining the patterns of international trade and the geographic concentration of wealth, by examining the effects of economies of scale and of consumer preferences for diverse goods and services. Krugman is known in academia for his work on international economics (including trade theory, economic geography, and international finance),[5][6] liquidity traps, and currency crises. Krugman is ranked among the most influential economic thinkers in the US.[7] Paul Krugman Paul Krugman
Daniel W. Drezner For an organization that is so efficient at amassing data intended to be kept secret, the National Security Agency seemed surprisingly clumsy in accepting data that was volunteered to them. I'd emailed the bits and pieces of my personal data necessary to be cleared for access to the agency's headquarters in Fort Meade a week before the scheduled visit, with zero response. As it turns out, an NSA server has crashed, they told me, creating havoc with some email accounts. This sort of hiccup humanizes the agency, though it also raises questions about their vulnerability. Daniel W. Drezner
Daniel Drezner Daniel Drezner Daniel W. Drezner (born August 28, 1968 in Syracuse, New York[1]) is currently a professor of international politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, the author of several books, the author of many Op-Ed pieces in major publications, a blogger, and a commentator. Education[edit] Political Views[edit] Drezner rarely discusses his political loyalties, but he did write, in 2011: "I find liberals write "even conservative Dan Drezner..." while conservatives often deploy terms like "academic elitist" or "RINO." In my case, at this point in time, I believe that last appellation to be entirely fair and accurate.
The Agitator The Agitator Since I don’t regularly update this blog anymore, I figure it’s a good place to put up a post of my speaking schedule and various items related to my book. It’ll stay at the top of the page. So check back here often. We’re also still adding dates on the book talk/signing tour. Year-End Lists •The Nieman Foundation’s Top 10 Investigative Journalism books of 2013.
Virginia I. Postrel (born January 14, 1960) is an American political and cultural writer of broadly libertarian, or classical liberal, views.[1] Career[edit] Postrel wrote the biweekly column "Commerce & Culture" for the Wall Street Journal until April 2011. Since May 2011, she has written a biweekly column for Bloomberg View. Virginia Postrel Virginia Postrel
After six and a half years and with great regret, I must announce the shuttering of "Armchair Generalist." I have accepted a government civilian job with the Department of Homeland Security and will be moving out of the DC metro area in the near future. Unfortunately, the drive to reduce the number of evil contractors in the Defense Department have resulted in the termination of my contract, and I do need a paycheck for just a few more years. Armchair Generalist Armchair Generalist
Belmont Club Belmont Club In September 2013 the Guardian wrestled with a mystery. “‘No one can explain why a rich country has no food’ Toilet paper, rice and coffee have long been missing from stores, as Venezuelan president blames CIA plot for chronic shortages.” Actually, an economist named Brad Schiller tried to explain it in March of the same year. He said the shortages were the result of Hugo Chavez’s war against the Law of Supply and Demand.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an outspoken defender of women's rights in Islamic societies, was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. She escaped an arranged marriage by immigrating to the Netherlands in 1992 and served as a member of the Dutch parliament from 2003 to 2006. In parliament, she worked on furthering the integration of non-Western immigrants into Dutch society and defending the rights of women in Dutch Muslim society. In 2004, together with director Theo van Gogh, she made Submission, a film about the oppression of women in conservative Islamic cultures. The airing of the film on Dutch television resulted in the assassination of Mr. van Gogh by an Islamic extremist. At AEI, Ms. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Dutch: [ɑˈjaːn ˈɦirsi ˈaːli] ( When she was eight, Hirsi Ali's family left Somalia for Saudi Arabia, then Ethiopia, and eventually settled in Kenya. She sought and obtained political asylum in the Netherlands in 1992, under circumstances that later became the centre of a political controversy. In 2003 she was elected a member of the House of Representatives (the lower house of the Dutch parliament), representing the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias Matthew Yglesias (/ɨˈɡleɪsiəs/; born May 18, 1981) is an American economics journalist and political blogger. Life[edit] Matthew Yglesias's father Rafael Yglesias is a screenwriter and novelist (and the son of novelists Jose Yglesias, of Cuban and Spanish descent, and Helen Bassine Yglesias, daughter of Jewish Polish immigrants). Yglesias went to high school at The Dalton School in New York City and later attended Harvard University where he studied philosophy.[1] He graduated magna cum laude in 2003. He was editor-in-chief of The Harvard Independent, a weekly newsmagazine, and also wrote for several other campus publications.
Fidel Castro made a liar out of me. Okay, I didn’t have to lie to immigration, customs, and security officials at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport. I could have just applied for a journalist visa and hoped they’d approve me. But colleagues warned I’d have to wait months for an affirmative, and the authorities wouldn’t tell me if the answer was no. Michael J. Totten
Michael J. Totten is an American journalist who has reported from the Middle East, the Balkans, and the Caucasus. His work appears in various publications, Web sites, and on his blog. Michael Totten
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The Daily Dish
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The Spine
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Kevin Drum
Kevin Drum
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Roger Simon
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Hasidic Rebel
BuzzMachine
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Political Animal
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Nobody's Business
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