I got into a discussion today about the so-called "enthusiasm gap," and wanted to try to quantify it somehow. Using primary election votes for each of the nominated candidates as a proxy for enthusiasm (you do have to be pretty motivated to vote in primaries), I matched up primary results in the ...(more)
This is not a post about comic books, but it does reference comic books.
There is a frustratingly pernicious notion – especially on The Left, but now increasingly on The Right – that a U.S. President can stand behind any podium and say a chant that summons the ghosts of Theodore Roosevelt and Lynd...(more)
The reason that we engage in politics at all is because it is widely viewed as a preferable path to solving disputes than violence. Even in the absence of governing institutions, there is politics. Any time you get three or more people together, there is politics.
The single most distressing thing...(more)