A potpourri of interesting articles today”
- The always-thoughtful Nicholas Kristof with a good piece showing the very non-radical bases of at least part of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
So, yes, we face a threat to our capitalist system. But it’s not coming from half-naked anarchists manning the barricades at Occupy Wall Street protests. Rather, it comes from pinstriped apologists for a financial system that glides along without enough of the discipline of failure and that produces soaring inequality, socialist bank bailouts and unaccountable executives.
It’s time to take the crony out of capitalism, right here at home.
- Nate Silver, political data miner extraordinaire, on how unusual Herman Cain’s surge is. (Although the way he bullets his blog makes me think of Tufte’s argument about power point making us stupid. But I may be guilty of that too!)
Has there ever been a candidate with such strong polling but such weak fundamentals? Almost certainly not, at least not at this relatively advanced stage of the race.
- And last, but certainly not least, for you Carolina basketball fans, part one of a look back at last season’s dramatic turnaround. Time to get psyched. Tip-off is two weeks from tomorrow!