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.


The NSA Is Not On Your Side

Quinn Norton has written an interesting article on how insecure our online communications are and why we seem culturally incapable of doing anything about it. Part of his explanation is that the Intelligence Community is itself living in a world without privacy so they’ve lost touch with the value of privacy. What they value is… Read more »

VA Scandal Bolsters Case for Socialized Medicine

As Tim Noah points out at MSNBC, people wait at least as long, and probably longer, to get a doctor’s appointment in the private sector than they do at the Veterans’ Administration. Directly comparable data for the private sector are unavailable. But a 2014 survey (pdf) of physician wait times found the average private-sector wait… Read more »

Lunch Buffet

The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team is still adjusting to the fact that Head Coach Juergen Klinsmann cut Landon Donovan from the World Cup roster. The man who went on a shooting rampage last night at UC-Santa Barbara was a sexually-frustrated loser with ties to the Men’s Rights Movement. Is it me, or has George… Read more »

This Is Not a Binary Argument

Elias Isquith is correct that the fundamental distinction between Glenn Greenwald and his critics is based on how each, respectively, views the current state of the American government. Those that consider our government to be as rotten and illegitimate as France’s Ancien Regime or the Tsar’s Russia are not particularly troubled about defining the correct… Read more »