How on earth did these guys not expect to get caught? He is using a government-issued credit card to pay for sex.…
Yup - all you need is one or two scandals for govt oversight of purchasing to get ramped up, creating lots of additional work for honest govt employees
Congress passed a law protecting the privacy of video rental histories after Robert Bork's video rentals were published during his SCOTUS hearings, so why not?

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10 Apr
My position:

Conservatives who are welcome in the mainstream look at their electoral calculus, and decide it's better to pander to populism.

See, for example, J.D. Vance deciding to throw his lot in with Tucker Carlson's white nationalism when he decides to run for election.
No conservative in America has been as showered by mainstream accolades as Vance. But he made a decision that his path to being a Senator is to run I the Trump/Carlson lane of the GOP *because that is the dominant lane.*
The most ambitious Republicans populists - Hawley, Cruz, Cotton - are the products of elite institutions like Stanford, Princeton, Harvard and Yale.
Not blaming those institutions, but the idea that our current moment is the result of *excluding* conservatives is bizarre.
Read 7 tweets
10 Apr
This is the problem with giving control of higher education to political cronies who do not respect science or education: UW Regent who got COVID last year, and has not gotten vaccinated, says the university should not pressure students to get vaccine.…
The scientific method for managing a pandemic is to limit the spread of the pandemic. But UW Regent Bob Atwell thinks it should just be up to everyone to make their decision. The thing is: it's a fucking pandemic. Your decision affects my risk. Image
Colleges tend to be incubators of risk for their community and faculty and staff. Students travel and do not observe always lockdowns. This should be something a university regent should be able to understand.…
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9 Apr
This held up well ImageImage
To be clear, Vance is choosing to jump into defend Carlson when Carlson is getting some heat for being a bit more explicit than usual in his support of white nationalism, endorsing the Great Replacement theory. This is the cause Vance wants to associate with as a GOP candidate.
Vance won't specifically endorse Replacement Theory. Instead, he uses Carlson's technique of saying that some shadowy elite* is silencing him - and you!

*elite does not include Ivy League educated lawyers and venture capitalists supported by billionaires.
Read 8 tweets
9 Apr
The line of reasoning here is that its ok to study race, gender etc. but its been done poorly. To accept this you have to have just an incredibly blinkered knowledge of what social science actually produces. (Blinkered enough to be cheering on an authoritarian attacking campus).
If your taste is for rigorous causal research on discrimination, thats fine. There is plenty of it that shows the type of pattern of discrimination that the anti-CRT crowd are claiming is made up. But they never engage with this research.… Image
If you are applauding how Victor Orban manages universities, you are cheering on one part of a broader strategy by an authoritarian to silence dissenting thought. He is doing the same thing for media & civic life. Don't pretend you support free inquiry.
Read 4 tweets
7 Apr
In the name of free speech, and viewpoint diversity, the government wants to survey the beliefs of individual faculty and students and "fix" the problem if they don't provide the right answers.
This bill appears to be an update of legislation proposed in 2019, which I discussed then. Same arguments apply (thread)
The problem with framing "viewpoint diversity" as a public value is that invites policymakers pursue it. Here, policymakers are explicit in saying that if (as we already know) students and faculty are mostly liberal, that is a problem that must be fixed.
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7 Apr
People associate "passport" with "government" and so the use of "vaccine passports" invokes the idea of govt control. That is not really what is happening.
Private organizations - and consumers - are generating a demand for a mechanism to reduce frictions while ensuring safety.
It is legal for private organizations to place conditions on access to their products, and the federal government has been very clear it is not the one mandating any sort of mandatory passport.…
But collectively we would be better off if each company did not have its own vaccine app. So, there is a demand for federal regulation to address reliability, integrity and privacy questions.…
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