Andrew Sabl


For Crying Out Loud, Krugman

I’m the process of moving house, and admit that I got to Friday morning’s Krugman column 24 hours after every other blogger. But I couldn’t let this go. Quoth Krugman: For more than a year and a half — ever since President Obama chose to make deficits, not jobs, the central focus of the 2010… Read more »

Conservatives Hate Europe More for its Culture than its Economics

Steve Benen notes, and has long noted, that Republican references to failed economics in Europe are inconsistent. We’re supposed to decry Europe as socialist for its high-speed rail, national health insurance, and value-added taxes, but love it as hard-headed for its austerity, tight money, and nuclear energy (well, in France anyway). Of course these references… Read more »

Giving Up on Anti-Gay

This past weekend, I attended a workshop on the future of social conservatism. Though this was a somewhat odd experience for someone with my politics (which I stated openly), I’m determined not to get lazy by only talking to people I agree with. In the end I learned a lot and, I hope, contributed at… Read more »

On Language: Shibboleths

When the Israelites under Jephthah wanted to tell friend from foe, they famously asked those claiming to be on their side to say “shibboleth.” Those who couldn’t—who mangled it as “sibboleth” instead—weren’t Israelites (Judges 12:6). In English there are a few such hallmark sounds that non-native speakers find famously difficult, but we don’t talk about… Read more »

Boring Risks and the Case for Blogs

Bruce Schneier’s talk on how we get risk wrong contains (per Ezra Klein’s summary—who has time to watch 21 minute nonfiction videos?) this observation: “What newspapers do is they repeat again and again rare risks. I tell people, if it’s in the news, don’t worry about it. Because, by definition, news is something that almost… Read more »