So the actual claim I made is that the article in question is an illustration of the tendency to clumsily inject left-wing politics into the non-politics parts of the media.

I made that claim because it is clearly true.
I then said not that “online youngs” don’t understand politics, but that political coverage is usually better when it’s done by people who actually focus on covering politics rather than as drive-by asides in reviews of video game consoles.
I also never declared myself done with things like editing — never said anything remotely like that, though maybe Glenn Greenwald did — and I hope @tomscocca will retract that rather than just lying about me on Twitter because we disagree about something.

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18 Nov
This thread doesn’t make sense to me.

Arnold repeatedly concedes that there is no actual fiscal tradeoff here, but then simply pounds the table and insists that student loan forgiveness would be a bad idea if there *were* a fiscal tradeoff.

But there isn’t!
I think a lot of people would rather debate policy in a world where fiscal tradeoffs exist and cost-effectiveness is an important consideration.

But to get there you need to get the full employment.
So on one level I agree — Mitch McConnell should call Joe Biden and say he wants to negotiate details on a $5 trillion fiscal stimulus package but that part of the package will be taking the student debt idea off the table.

That would be great. Let’s do that.
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18 Nov
I wonder what people in the electorate understand to have been promised when they hear Democrats over the past few years promise to tackle “systemic racism.”…
This phrase was not a staple of Democratic rhetoric until very recently, when Hillary Clinton said it in 2016 it was noteworthy enough to garner a whole article on its own.

Now Biden drops it into speeches and it’s considered unremarkable.…
Speaking personally, to me it just sounds kind of inherently non-credible.

Like I totally believe that if you elect politicians who say they want to expand Medicaid that Medicaid will be expanded. But I don’t really believe that the future of racism hinges on the GA runoffs.
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13 Nov
Hey folks, some personal news.

Co-founding @voxdotcom with @ezraklein & @MelissaBell has been one of the great adventures of my life but after 6+ years on the job I’ve decided it’s time for me to move on to something new that I’m really excited about.
I’ve been wanting for some time to reclaim what I had in my blog days as an independent voice, and a great opportunity has arisen for me to do that on Substack where today I’m launching a new site that you can find and read all about here:…
Parting is always bittersweet and I’ll miss so many colleagues so very much but I’m looking forward to really telling everyone what’s on my mind to an even greater extent than I do now :)
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13 Nov
Notwithstanding my earlier grousing about Turchin, I think “elite overproduction” is an excellent framework within which to understand intra-caucus tensions among House Democrats.
The people who become members of congress are ambitious. But in the Dem system it takes forever to chair a committee, there’s no upward mobility in caucus leadership, and members have no ability to influence legislation.

So what do they do? Factional infighting!
You want to be able to say to people “hey if you chilled out, made a bit less trouble, put your head down, and really did the work you could _____.”

But what’s the ____ for House Dems?
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Because of his service as Ebola Czar, @RonaldKlain kind of became a Pandemic Guy even before Covid and then when Covid hit he was THE pandemic guy.

But the most important part of the story is that when he got the Ebola ob, the knock on him was that he wasn’t qualified.
He’s not a doctor, he’s not a research scientist, he wasn’t an expert in the politics of West Africa, he was just like this veteran political guy who was highly respected by people who knew him.

But it turned out to be a great pick — politics is a distinct sphere of endeavor.
The question of what to do is inherently more complicated than “listen to the scientists.”

You have to listen to them, of course, but they don’t all agree and there’s a balance of considerations and a whole of government to coordinate.

He did great.
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