Megan McArdle, “The Majesty of the Law” – from the article: I’ve read a lot about prohibition, but I never read about the government’s deliberate effort to make industrial alcohol undrinkably poisonous. Thousands of people seem to have died as a result. (A few of you have asked about this, so I need to clarify. I am for the war on drugs. But I know it can be conducted a lot more humanely and with far more respect for people’s liberties.)
Charles Krauthammer, “Excuses for Obama’s Failure to Lead” – I don’t think he appreciates the situation in regard to entitlements sufficiently, but I could be mistaken. Still, an awesome op-ed that captures how much left-of-center punditry is hyping up how radical America is for purely partisan purposes. The difference between me and many who decry the Right couldn’t be starker: they have policy outcomes they want. I want better citizens.
Paige Williams, “Dolly, Rejection and Radiohead Journalism” (h/t Josh) – read the whole thing, and note that her online presence before the article was probably smaller than mine is now, yet her work went “viral.” I’m thinking a large part of that is that she asked for donations. Somehow, when we feel like “money” is related to something, it’s a lot more important. That donation button might be going up soon.