Adam Serwer

Adam Serwer is a writing fellow at The American Prospect and a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He also blogs at Jack and Jill Politics and has written for The Village Voice, The Washington Post, The Root, and the Daily News.

Recent Articles

A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD.

Josh Marshall, perusing the latest WaPo/ABC News poll that shows both Dems beating McCain, notes that there might be a substantial "social undesirability bias" preventing poll respondents from expressing genuine apprehension about voting for black man for president. The poll found that "Only three in 10 said they were "entirely comfortable" with the prospect of a 72-year-old new president." Marshall:

NO LOVE FOR CNN.

Ted Turner on environmentalist cartoon Captain Planet: “In terms of programming, it’s the best thing I ever did.”

Somewhere, Wolf Blitzer is weeping softly into a pillow.

--A. Serwer

SURVEILLANCE IS PRIVACY.

At first glance, you might assume the fact that the government has brought fewer cases of terrorism to court while expanding the number of people under surveillance suggests that the surrendering constitutional liberties in the name of questionable security gains isn't really worth it, but you'd be wrong.

SHOTGUN WEDDING.

Maybe it's too much to hope for more than a prolonged flirtation between libertarians and liberals on the issue of the War On Drugs, but the fact that Radley Balko's blog post at Reason and a diary on Dailykos from the ACLU elicit similar responses from readers gives me hope.

PEOPLE WHO NEED PEOPLE.

The Weekly Standard's Michael Goldfarb doesn't think recruitment is a very important issue in the fight against terrorism.

As to whether Bush is a recruiting tool for terrorists -- who cares? Al Qaeda was recruiting before Bush was in office and they will continue to do so after he’s gone. The important thing is that we keep killing those recruits. Eventually, one side will give up. And if Obama wins in November, we know which side that will be.

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