My new “Think Again” column is called “Is Defense R&D Spending Effective?” and it’s here.
My new Nation column is called “The (Adam) Bellow Curve” and it’s here.
My Forward column, which I wrote quite a while ago, but is only appearing today, is here. It’s a reply to Josh Block, Politico, etc, re alleged anti-Semitism at CAP and elsewhere.
Oh, and I participated in this Moment survey on the question "What does it mean to be ‘pro-Israel’ today?" It’s pretty interesting, here.
I’m in Jamaica, about to catch a plane, so here’s Ree.d
Freedom’s Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose
by Reed Richardson
During his New Hampshire primary victory speech Tuesday night, Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney clearly laid down a major political marker for the 2012 election:
Make no mistake, in this campaign, I will offer the American ideals of economic freedom a clear and unapologetic defense…This election is a choice between two very different destinies.
On the last point, he is, at least, correct. Though President Obama gets (and deserves) criticism for his at times ineffectual response to the ongoing economic crisis still plaguing this country, Romney and his party nonetheless offer up an economic policy contrast that is as radically different as it is dangerously wrongheaded. In the GOP’s definition of ‘economic freedom,’ which is under no circumstances to be confused with ‘capitalism,’ Americans would get to enjoy, among others, perks like:
-The freedom to pay more taxes, unless you’re wealthy.
-The freedom to earn lower wages, thanks to misguided right-to-work laws.
-The freedom to have your democratic voice drowned out by increasingly enfranchised corporations and their money.