Clayton Kershaw is going get 20 victories in under 30 starts. Has this happened before?I don’t see that the sabermetric guys (I’m not geeky like that myself) have weighed in on this.
Glenn Beck says Hillary is the next President. I can’t get beyond the firewall to grab the link I want. In any event, I don’t agree. I think there’s as good a chance Joe Biden is the next President. Or… Rand Paul.
GOP takeover of the Senate: 538 puts it as 64% likely. So this will happen. What then? I’m not worried about ObamaCare. Ya know, it probably stays. But figure, some harmless and popular changes that are desirable probably get passed to the President at that point. Maybe elimination of the device tax and the employer mandate. Does the President veto all that stuff? When the GOP congress starts passing stuff and the President vetoes it, who’s the obstructionist then? What about immigration? If there’s a GOP immigration bill with normalization AND border security, does the President veto that because it’s got border security?
Dumb Slate article.
The theory apparently is, conservatives embrace intuitive bits of knowledge, and intuitive bits of knowledge don’t usually represent truth and its nuances. So conservatives are dumb for their inability to process nuance. Liberals are smart for being the opposite, chortle, chortle. An SRC favorite right there.
In a Facebook post, Megan McArdle reveals the Slate article as hitched to very junky science. A tangential argument is, who is more deferential to authority, liberals or conservatives? In her Bloomberg space, McArdle notes that liberals like to engage in projection there. http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-09-02/are-liberals-the-real-authoritarians
McArdle’s Exhibit A that liberals are actually the real authoritarians are some liberal neuroscientists and psychologists who were taken aback at lefty deference to communist authorities in communist countries.
Chait’s got a beef with that. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/todays-reminder-that-liberalism-isnt-communism.html
Big thing is, he doesn’t think lefty and liberal are a proper apples and apples grouping for comparison. Thus, leftist deference to authority in leftist authoritarian countries cannot infer anything about liberal deference to authority in liberal countries.
Really? I think left and liberal translate to each other perfectly well, and that Chait is being excessively literal in playing a word game to claim otherwise.
The word game is that Chait wants the word ‘liberal’ to be perceived in its most flattering light. IE, in ways that are a bit Roosevelt-ian, Humphrey-ite, and LBJ-ish, and not in ways associated with authoritarianism and the rest of the world’s hard left. Thing is, that’s not what American liberalism is these days. Is it? Liberalism these days in the US is progressive-ism, with that being the road to radical egalitarianism and neo-ludditism without bloody revolution.
So yeah, here we have a political system that makes liberalism superficially less extreme than socialism. But insofar as the premise of cognitive obedience to authority is to be discerned over a left / right spectrum, there isn’t nearly as much ideological space between the world’s hard left and American progressives as Chait might claim. They’re on the left, and they believe in the same things. If there were no Constitution, they’d be indistinguishable, for American progressives generally do not believe in any limiting principles to protect individual rights from state authoritarianism, provided that authoritarianism is done in the name of egalitarianism.
But look, it’s really just an air biscuit by Chait to see who turns up their nose. McArdle is slapping around an intellectual inferior who’s inartfully presenting one of the lefts pet tropes. Chait’s trying to distract from that. He can’t do it directly, because McArdle is right, and he’s come off bad in engagements with her in the past.
Related: Lefty is steamed those popular dystopian YA books teach kids to reject state authoritarianism: http://reason.com/blog/2014/09/02/the-hunger-games-the-giver-and-divergent