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


WILLFUL IGNORANCE. Over at the Corner, Jonah Goldberg has apparently made a regular beat out of arguing against taking action to prevent the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change. First, last week, he responded to my mockery of National Review's new "Planet Gore" blog and its undue respect for the delusions of novelist and climate change skeptic Michael Crichton. He wrote:


ANOTHER KIND OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT ON THE INTERNET: Just a little follow up to Garance's interesting post on the sexual harassment female bloggers often face. Men too, can be the victims of this behavior, including yours truly. A commenter on this blog once accused me of being a homosexual and a conservative (I'm neither, not that there's anything wrong with the former), and a prominent college Republican named Ryan Sorba commented on my Campus Progress blog that I must be a "homosexualist." Mind you neither of these were posts that had anything to do with LGBT issues.


INTER-OFFICE DISCONNECT. Today the New York Times editorial page tut-tuts the media's coverage of the recent quarterly presidential candidate fundraising filings.


DEFINING INTELLECTUAL HONESTY: Jon Chait posts on the Plank that he thinks Ramesh Ponnuru is the most intellectually honest conservative writer. I can't decide if I agree. On the one hand Chait has some strong evidence from Ponnuru's recent blogging on The Corner that, at least in so far as judging Republican presidential aspirants goes, Ponnuru is frank about the strengths and shortcomings of everyone including his preferred choice (John McCain) while his colleagues simply shill for whoever they've chosen.


MISSING TIME. Time, to their great credit, has put out a special double issue this week on global warming and what you can do to prevent it. But their exhaustive list (it includes 25 items) contains some rather curiously small suggestions and omits one crucial big one. While they had room to encourage their readers to create a "green wedding," Time did not discuss the role of urban planning.