Volume 2.40 (September 30-Oct 6)

Pick of the Week (and best title for an article EVER)– Cockblocked by Redistribution: A Pickup Artist in Denmark (Katie J.M. Baker, Dissent)– “Marginalized women who need male spouses to flourish might, indeed, find pick-up artists alluring. But women in countries that have gender-equalizing policies supported by an anti-individualist culture may not.”

Health Care

‘Affordable Care’ or a Rip-off? (Elisabeth Rosenthal, NYT)

Despite Criticisms, Health Care Law’s Impact on Jobs Still Unclear (Annie Lowrey and John Harwood, NYT)

Millions of Poor are Left Uncovered by Health Law (Sabrina Tavernise and Robert Gebeloff, NYT)– “’The irony is that these states that are rejecting Medicaid expansion — many of them Southern — are the very places where the concentration of poverty and lack of health insurance are the most acute,’” said Dr. H. Jack Geiger, a founder of the community health center model. “’It is their populations that have the highest burden of illness and costs to the entire health care system.’”


Are our Political Beliefs Coded in our DNA? (Thomas B. Edsall, NYT)

‘People don’t fully appreciate how committed the Tea Party is to not compromising’ (Ezra Klein interview with Christopher Parker, Wonkblog)– “And when I looked at it empirically, I found that people who supported the tea party tended to be more racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, and anti-Obama.”

The “non-essential” parts of government that are shut down are actually quite essential (Mike Konczal, Wonkblog)

The Reign of Morons is Here (Charles Pierce, Esquire)

The Rut We Can’t Get Out of (Daniel Alpert, NYT)

It’s Not Citizens United (Charles Fried, NYT)– “The only reason the Supreme Court would be tempted to let this wolf in is if the court wants to see the destruction of all limits on an individual’s donations to a political candidate.”

Life in the Fishbowl (Stuart Armstrong, Aeon)– on the benefits of living in a total surveillance state.  “But if we’re headed into a future panopticon, we’d better brush up on the possible upsides. Because governments might not bestow these benefits willingly — we will have to make sure to demand them.”

The Shutdown Standoff is One of the Worst Crises in American History (John B. Judis, New Republic)


We need climate-change risk assessment (Michael Bloomberg, Hank Paulson and Tom Steyer, WaPo)– “If the United States were run like a business, its board of directors would fire its financial advisers for failing to disclose the significant and material risks associated with unmitigated climate change.”

The Missing Piece in Coverage of Texas Evolution Controversies (Paul Waldman, The American Prospect)

The Big Picture

She gave 25 years and her life (Leighton Christensen, Socialist Worker)– With as many friends as we have who are in academia and the academic job market, this is a particularly haunting tale.

Rich People Just Care Less (Daniel Goleman, NYT)


India’s Women: The Mixed Truth (Amartya Sen, NYRB)

Iran Opens its Fist (Gary Sick, NYRB)


Seymour Hersh on Obama, the NSA and the ‘pathetic’ American media (Lisa O’Carroll, The Guardian)– “‘Our job is to find out ourselves, our job is not just to say – here’s a debate’ our job is to go beyond the debate and find out who’s right and who’s wrong about issues. That doesn’t happen enough. It costs money, it costs time, it jeopardises, it raises risks … it’s like you don’t dare be an outsider any more.'”


Some Takeaways from the Pew Study of American Jewish Life (David Bernstein, Volokh Conspiracy)– “But my top takeaways are that Modern Orthodoxy, Conservative Judaism, Reform Judaism, and Orthodox outreach are, all things considered, overall failures, which implies that American Judaism is a failure.”


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