David Atkins

Unsettling science

Steve Koonin has an obfuscatory piece in the Wall Street Journal today claiming that the science of climate change isn’t settled. But it’s not the usual radically ignorant posturing. As with much of the evolution of the conservative “debate” over climate, it represents another move in the shifting ground of conservative chicanery intended to paralyze… Read more »

The not-so-soft racism of Tom Cotton

Reagan adviser Lee Atwater: Atwater: You start out in 1954 by saying, “N—–, n—–, n—–.” By 1968 you can’t say “n—–” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re… Read more »

Scalia yells at cloud, doesn’t care about the judgment of history

Justice Antonin Scalia did a lengthy interview recently, and it’s a doozy. It’s more than a little disconcerting that the fate of the world’s most powerful democracy is in the hands of a dangerously disconnected crank who thinks flogging probably is OK, but obsesses over “ladies” using vulgar language; thinks Facebook is “strange” but that… Read more »

The robots are coming for the Chinese jobs, too

Talk about jobs and wages to most sectors of the American left, and you’re likely to hear that the problems in the modern economy are mostly political rather than structural: essentially, that changes to tax, labor and trade law created an easier environment for companies to reduce wages and outsource labor. That is certainly true… Read more »

Low wages are still the economy’s biggest problem

You won’t hear most political elites talk about these numbers, but they matter more than almost any other: Despite fears from some inflation hawks, the fact is that the weak labor market of the last seven years has put enormous downward pressure on wages, and there has been no significant pickup in nominal wage growth… Read more »