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?

The Paycheck Protection Program Did Not Really Provide Loans

In the discourse about Biden’s student debt forgiveness announcement, one common talking point has been that many people recently benefited from the forgiving of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. This seems to be fairly effective rhetoric, but it’s a little bit misleading. When COVID hit, Congress scrambled to pass a relief bill called the CARES… Continue reading The Paycheck Protection Program Did Not Really Provide Loans