Ben Adler

Ben Adler writes on national politics and domestic policy. Ben has been a staff writer for Politico and an editor at Newsweek and the Center for American Progress. His writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, The Daily Beast, Columbia Journalism Review, Salon, The Washington Monthly, The New Republic, The Guardian and Next American City among other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Recent Articles


BAN THE BATS. In the new issue of City Journal, the neoconservative urban policy magazine associated with the Manhattan Institute, Paul Beston argues against a new law in New York City banning the use of metal bats in high school baseball. Dismissing it as "nannying," Beston links the law to other recent policies in New York City like the smoking ban and the trans-fat ban. He concludes "Banning bats my seem like small ball. But it perfectly expresses the council's and the mayor's underlying belief: too much liberty is hazardous to your health."


NY STATE OF MIND. My home city and state have made me proud these last few days. Two days ago, The New York Times reported that "nearly two-thirds of the members of the City Council are co-sponsoring a measure to shed a little light on the shadowy process by which co-op boards decide which apartment buyers to accept and which to reject." This is an important move to do away with a mechanism that currently allows illegal discrimination on the basis of age, race or other factors.


THE YOUTH VOTE: Zack Roth's piece in the new Washington Monthly on Tim Ryan, identifies a potentially important swing constituency in the '08 elections: young people.

Cities For Sale

The Neoliberal City: Governance, Ideology and Development in American Urbanism by Jason Hackworth (Cornell University Press, 256 pages)

If you live in or near a big city, you may not realize that neoliberalism is fiendishly taking over your environ. No, it's not just the Starbucks by your office, or the Gap that just opened in the once-edgy neighborhood. It's also the high-rise condominium apartment building going up over the subway station, the new sports arena downtown, the industrial loft conversion, and even the brownstone getting flipped in that sketchy neighborhood.


GIULIANI ON RACE: The New York Times was right to condemn, in an editorial today, Rudy Giuliani's recent statement in Alabama that it should be up to the state's voters whether to fly the confederate flag over their capitol. But I think they are making quite a leap in automatically accusing Giuliani of pandering to win over southern conservatives. How do they know that Giuliani doesn't really believe what he says?