Arguing about the Immigration Ban

Scott Adams (yes, that Scott Adams) has a post up where he tries to show how irrational the debate on immigration has gotten. I think he succeeds for the most part, but he can’t help putting his finger on a scale a bit to tilt it into the anti-immigration column. I don’t actually mind that…

Immigration in the Aftermath of Berlin

The Mirror has an article up about the Berlin Christmas Market Terror attack sounding all the superficially right notes about how to react to it. I agree with the overall sentiment, but since immigration is rapidly becoming the Issue of the Year, broad outlines aren’t enough. This is an issue we need to start talking…

Australia Proves Something about Guns

The blood’s barely dried on the Orlando mass murder shooting spree, and people on Facebook are already dredging up the New York Times classics claiming that Australia’s gun ban and buyback program eliminated all mass murders forever. To show that I’m not exaggerating the article’s implications: In the 18 years before the Port Arthur massacre,…

The UK Election Result is Actually an Opportunity

One and a half things to say about the UK general election. First, it’s hillarious watching everyone scratch their heads about how wrong the polls got it. This is silly for a number of reasons. Polls in the UK are usually wrong, because there aren’t really enough polls taken to pull Nate Silver’s magic trick…

Retreat to go Forward – Israel Edition

It’s interesting how quickly the idea that a right-wing coalition is bad for Israel, and that even Netanyahu knows this, has set itself in in the last week. This report in Al-Monitor’s Israel Pulse claims that Netanyahu is scrambling to get the Zionist Union on board as a member of his coalition, because withotu them…

Israel’s Interesting Election

So, Israel voted, Netanyahu and Likud stunned with a showing that was not great, but decidedly better than expected, and arguably better than last time (last time Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu formed a single list and got 31 seats, this time they got 32 between them running separately – 27 for Likud alone). Of course,…

Who Just Blinked? Hard to Say

So, Varoufakis finally met with the two people who really matter – ECB Chief Mario Draghi and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble – and to all outward appearances it blew up in his face. He left the meeting with Draghi in good spirits, telling everyone they’d had a meaningful converation, only for the ECB to…

Still Not (Yet) Radical

Further indication that calling Syriza "radical" before all the evidence is in is reckless: Varoufakis (the new Greek Finance Minister) has sworn to the German press that Greece will never again run a deficit – as in "never, never, never!" Alright, let’s get the two(-and-a-half) obvious objections out of the way. Varoufakis won’t be finance…

What do you mean, “Radical?”

Greece may be bigger news in Europe than it is here, but it’s big news. A lot of the future is being decided right now. One of the best articles about the larger political meaning of it that I’ve seen is Christopher Caldwell’s "The Flag-Waving Greek Left" in the Weekly Standard. The general theme is…