ATHEISTS: CONSISTENT IN BEING IMMORAL.ViaJohn Derbyshire, I find The Christian Post is reporting that a recent survey by the Barna Group shows evangelical Christians and atheists exhibit the most consistency between their faith and practice. Of course, for atheists, this means a "fundamental dismissal of social conventions and participation in favor of more self-centered views and behaviors helped them to stand out from the crowd in a different way."
What happens when libertarians get together to talk about why people who disagree with them shouldn't make decisions, why democracy isn't really as important as people think, and why low voter turnout isn't a bad thing? People roll their eyes and move on, right? Actually, no. Apparently employees of government agencies, embassies, and think tanks trek down to 1000 Massachusetts Avenue to listen and be enlightened in the F. A. Hayek Auditorium.
WHEREIN I GIVE FUEL TO TOM SCHALLER'S FIRE. I like Sasha Abramsky's review of Joe Bageant's new book, Deer Hunting With Jesus, except for one off-handed comment in the last paragraph. While praising Bageant's work, Abramsky writes, "No single book will ever be able to fully explain why so much of impoverished America so consistently votes against its own economic self-interest." This assumption is a powerful one in liberal circles. Call it the Thomas Frank Theory of Why People Don't Vote For Us.
EDWARDS VS. OBAMA ON POVERTY. In today's WSJ, Christopher Cooperwrites that John Edwards "seems to be playing an outsized role in driving the terms of the party's debate -- generally to the left -- on everything from Iraq to health care." Poverty also comes to mind. Referencing back to the 2004 election, Cooper writes:
A QUESTION. Here’s something that's been on my mind -- and I think on the minds of some commenters -- especially with all the Democratic Party blogging lately: What, exactly, makes Hillary Clinton a strong candidate? Not just a "good" candidate, but a candidate worth supporting with one's primary vote?