Briefly, On The Rational Consumption Of Coffee

Rose Woodhouse’s excellent post about voting and economic rationality once again rekindled my own interest in the idea that we as human beings are capable of deciding upon the rationality of another person’s decisions. Perhaps that’s phrased wrong: we’re obviously capable of judging the apparently irrational decisions of third-parties. The question that interests me is…

What’s the Matter with New York?

Two months ago, which is, like, 49 months in blog-months, Kevin Drum suggested there was a very good essay to be written called “Why People Hate Liberals.” This is not that essay. But it reminded me that there’s something that irritates me quite a lot about liberals. And I say this as a full-fledged card-carrying pretty-much-liberalish-certainly-more-left-than-rightist. That…

What the Evidence Says about Strategic Voting in Open Primaries

~by James Hanley There’s been some interesting discussion here lately about the potential for, and legitimacy of, strategic voting in open primaries, in response to two posts by the surprisingly controversial Tod Kelly Although I lean Tod’s (amoral) direction on the ethical issues, my comment here is directed only at the question of whether there…