Government Transparency.

The Volokh Conspiracy has an interesting post about Jerry Brito’s essay on government transparency—and how it might not have the positive consequences we (whatever our politics) expect it to. Brito’s critique is from the libertarian POV: I spent a considerable portion of my career working to liberate government data in order to achieve more limited government. So […]

The Absurdity of Secession.

Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, Ilya Somin makes sense of the recent secession petitions to go up online at the White House’s We the People Petition web site. Besides a critical look at the data, Somin discusses the realities of what a state would face if it seceded: Even setting aside the possibility of the […]

Paul Krugman Defends Nate Silver.

Over at the New York Times, Paul Krugman defends some recent (politically-motivated) attacks on Nate Silver. I don’t pretend to know much about statistics, but Nate Silver has always struck me as a rare beacon of objectivity and straightforwardness. If one could bet on such things, I would bet the house that whatever Silver says […]

Politicians and Private Charity.

This post on politicians’ giving to charity is interesting, if not (terribly) informative for the election: How much did the Obamas give in 2010? 14.2 percent – compared with Ryan’s 1.2 percent – and Santorum’s 1.7 percent. Romney was far more generous, largely through tithing – but he was still beaten in percentage terms by Obama […]