Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor of the Washington Monthly.

He is also the founder Progress Pond where you can find all his writing. Before joining the Monthly, Martin was a county coordinator for ACORN/Project Vote and a political consultant. He has a degree in philosophy from Western Michigan University.


Why Is This In My New York Times?

Look, I admit that I don’t place any importance on these things and, therefore, don’t pay much attention to them, but I can’t remember ever seeing a president and First Lady attending a Christmas service. I’m sure I’ve seen footage and probably even read an article than mentioned it, but the following is quite a… Read more »

Immutable Laws in American Politics

Frank Schaeffer is shrill, but I take his main point. I have often felt the same way. Yet, I have two problems with his diatribe. First, when you present the way the president has been treated as a figurative lynching, you disallow people to disagree with his decisions and policies in almost any way. It’s… Read more »

How to Grade the Red/Blue Divide in the States

Dan Balz has a nice article up at the Washington Post that takes a look at the difference between states that are governed by a Republican governor and legislature, and states that are governed by a Democratic governor and legislature. One-party rule is very high by historical standards, with “37 of the 50 states…under unified… Read more »

Odds & Ends

Distractify has a cool article up on the 38 most haunting abandoned places on Earth. They’ve found some spooky and strange stuff. For an above-ground bunker, this is pretty good, but I wouldn’t go with grey. Who wants to live in a grey house? Remember, Facebook in now a publicly-traded stock: Facebook is “dead and… Read more »

On Bitcoin and Spin-Based Neuromorphic Microchips

A New York Times article on advances in neuromorphic processors piqued my interest and I wound up wanting to learn more about them. I found some very interesting articles in Go Parallel, the Technology Review, and Gizmag. The latter two are the best for computer science laymen. I used to work in a semiconductor fabrication… Read more »