A few days ago, Matt Yglesias tweeted the following comment about a New York Times piece on Joe Biden’s record on organized labor: What’s interesting to me about the tweet is not the underlying question of whether Joe Biden is good or bad on labor, but rather how it relates to some of the problems… Continue reading The Contradictions of Deliberative Democracy
Babies on Planes
I read this piece about babies on planes by Stephanie Murray at The Atlantic, as well as many negative reactions to it on social media. Murray uses the example to touch on broader questions posed by parents who bring young children into public spaces that are not exclusively used by children. Some people think parents… Continue reading Babies on Planes
Recently, I’ve seen a lot of people talk about pronouns on Twitter, perhaps because of Elon Musk tweeting that his pronouns are “Prosecute/Fauci.” Due to my involvement in left-wing organizations, I have been following the pronoun discourse since the late 2000s and so I wanted to lay out some thoughts on it based on how… Continue reading Pronouns
Abortion Pills After Dobbs
Last month, I wrote a piece summarizing data from the Society for Family Planning about the impact of the abortion restrictions implemented after the Dobbs Supreme Court case. In short, abortions conducted through formal providers declined by about 12,500 per month in restrictive states and increased by 7,140 in non-restrictive states, which indicates that many… Continue reading Abortion Pills After Dobbs
What Did Dobbs Actually Accomplish?
The strategy of the institutional anti-abortion movement over the last 50 years has been to overturn the Supreme Court’s creation of a constitutional right to abortion and then change the state laws that govern the practice of abortion so as to make them more strict. This strategy was nominally aimed at reducing number of abortions… Continue reading What Did Dobbs Actually Accomplish?