January 23, 2007
Two Good (Unrelated to Iraq) Articles
The first by a UC Berkeley Poli-Sci professor and a grad student on who’s really to blame for the ill effects of globalization (increased terrorism, drug and sex trafficking). They argue that it’s not the job of the IMF or the Wold Bank or even big bad corporations to police the effects of globalization, it’s the job of national governments. More to the point, it falls on the shoulders of the most wealthy and powerful national governments to provide the kind of environmental and criminal enforcement that’s needed.
The second appears in The New Republic and highlights one senior Cato Institute member’s attack on the “fuzzy research” that demonstrates income inequality. Jonathan Chait not only clearly debunks the skeptical logic of this argument, but he demonstrates the pattern that clearly emerges from attacks on evolution and global warming to income inequality. He shows that what all these attacks have in common is a vested interest in confusing the issue rather than in determining what is actually the case. In fact, they happily admit that their position is ideologically driven just so that they can claim that so are the academics and the scientists with whom they disagree.