Whaples, Consensus on the Great DepressionCouncil on Foreign Relations | I’ve been reading about the New Deal and enjoying both Amity Shlaes’s “The Forgotten Man” and Jonathan Alter’s The Defining Moment. Naturally there’s a left-right division (or right-left in this case) in how the New Deal gets treated, but it’s all an intellectual feast for those of us who used to nod off reflexively whenever anyone began talking about what life was like during the Depression. (And here's Alter's latest column.)
Economic Recovery Bill Would Add Little to Long-Run Fiscal ProblemCenter on Budget and Policy Priorities | I want to get granular on the stimulus package and plan to read more of these wonky think-tanky web sites. Here’s one from the liberal Center for Budget Something Something that says that $825,000,000,000 is really not that much money when looked at in the proper light.
The Sins of the Fathers, Take 2Newsweek |
Fascinating piece by Sharon Begley on what I guess you’d call neo-Lamarckianism. Though I’m still not persuaded that if I use a lot of “product” in my hair my offspring will be born without Flyaway Hair Syndrome