Wired, “Could a Virtual Surge Fix Afghanistan?” – if there are Afghani or Iraqi students that know English, and would like to learn about the Constitution and read some primary source documents in American history and politics, I’m happy to help. Just send me an e-mail and we can talk over IM or the like.
Megan McArdle, “Applying William Easterly’s Wisdom to Haiti” – I cannot thank Megan McArdle enough. After seeing commentator after commentator talk about how useless foreign aid is, and sound like they hadn’t even looked at the pictures where people are pulling bodies out of the rubble and throwing them onto a pile (coming soon: the Right really needs to learn to shut up), some words of sense: Since Easterly is often seen as a critic of lavish aid, I think my answer might surprise you: we should give Haiti a bunch of money and other help. Easterly makes a convincing case that aid doesn’t improve the level of economic growth, or pull nations out of poverty. But aid can alleviate human misery, and that’s what Haiti has a lot of right now. Haiti may not be any richer when we pull out. But it will have fewer dead people, fewer children missing parents, or parents missing limbs.
LGF, “Tea Party Leader: The GOP Never Calls Me Back” – documenting extremism is thankless work. I may not agree with Charles Johnson on everything, but the work he’s doing is very important and I’d rather side with him than people who want to use hate to win elections.