Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Nimbyism as Environmentalism

Atrios on nimbyism masquerading as environmentalism. I think there's some of this going on in the Gowanus Canal Superfund debate: certainly the popular pro-Superfund poster featuring a whale, of all things, seems to be trying a little too hard. I mean, they are on the right side anyway, but I'm just saying.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Check Your Premises

Brad wonders why we pay so much money for such crappy health care. I think he's wondering rhetorically, as it were, but I do think it's worth spelling out an answer. Which is that to the extent that "we" do indeed tolerate this state of affairs, it's because "we" derive positive value from the suffering of the underclass: the existence of an enormous number of miserable poor people is the sole remaining component of the American dream.