The police are legally unaccountable because they’re politically powerful. Reforms must attack — and circumvent — the sources of their power.
Eric LevitzPolice officers are an exceptionally popular, well-organized interest group that is capable of sabotaging elected officials through tacit strikes.
These realities are the main source of their political power, and thus, the main obstacle to reform.
The forces behind our nation’s violent unrest — and unruly policing — are homegrown.
Eric LevitzThe agitation cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we will ourselves be its author and finisher.
Eric LevitzAmerica saw 1,004 of its people killed by cops last year, a higher tally than any nation besides Brazil, Venezuela, the Philippines, and Syria. A majority of those killed had light skin. No one in the US lacks standing to protest this state of affairs.
Eric LevitzOne piece of context for (some of) this week's violence: In many respects, racial progress ended decades ago -- while a labor market tight enough to find roles for America's most stigmatized workers just disappeared, possibly for a decade or more. nymag.com/intelligencer/…pic.twitter.com/DOkhtgboTn
A new theory resolves many of the biggest mysteries about the pandemic — and suggests that banning large gatherings may be enough to contain it.
Eric LevitzGood news: Covid struggles to sustain itself in the absence of large gatherings, and it's *possible* that the common cold has left many people with some immunity against the virus.
Bad news: The young are dying from Covid at high rates in the Global South
Nouriel Roubini predicted the 2008 crash. Now, he’s warning that the America is hurtling toward food riots — and then a decade-spanning depression.
Eric LevitzIn 2006, @nouriel warned that the U.S. housing market was about to collapse and take the economy down with it.
Today, he says America is hurtling towards "food riots" -- and then a decade of depression. I spoke with him about his dour prophecy
In the aftermath of the collapse of the Bernie Sanders campaign, there have been many calls for serious reflection—each immediately followed by comforting explanations that negate any serious reflection. “What if Occam’s Razor applies and the...
Eric Levitz"Leftist commentators need to stop projecting their marginal views on the electorate -- and also, Bernie could have won the Democratic primary if he'd only disavowed the Russiagate witch-hunt and opposed Trump's impeachment" is certainly a take.
Ezra Klein’s new book on polarization alerts liberals and conservatives to their species’ unifying affinity for identity-based divisiveness.
Eric LevitzEzra Klein's Why We're Polarized is an indictment of the GOP camouflaged as a critique of hyper-partisanship. The book's magnanimity muddies some of its analysis, but also models the empathic, universalist politics that disempowering Trumpism may require.
Eric LevitzThis passage encapsulates what's most counterproductive about Why We're Polarized's overarching frame: It's not just that polarization has been asymmetric, but that there's nothing illiberal or anti-democratic about blue America's leftward drift. nymag.com/intelligencer/…pic.twitter.com/BozPgWyCxf
Eric LevitzWe're all subject to the same biases that enable conservatives to look at our president and see a great statesman. If our archaic cognitive software hasn't blinded us to Trump’s depravity, we can't claim to be the sole authors of our relative moral clarity
Congress should learn to stop worrying and love monetizing the debt.
Eric LevitzThe myth that all new spending must be paid for is supposed to check voters' allegedly insatiable appetite for stimulus. But rn, it's actually compelling democratically accountable officials to approve less stimulus than unelected technocrats deem prudent. nymag.com/intelligencer/…pic.twitter.com/Rl7eXcf7KA
Pelosi cut automatic stabilizers from her party’s messaging bill because a CBO score made the policy look expensive (because it helps so many).
Eric LevitzTying relief to automatic triggers -- so that enhanced UI will kick in whenever joblessness is high (even if Biden is president and the GOP holds Congress) -- was a priority of both the moderate New Democrat caucus and progressives. It's not in the bill.
The government’s preferred measure of prices is way down. That’s not the story for most consumers during lockdown though.
Eric LevitzImportant context on yesterday's inflation number from @jbarro: Airfare and hotel rooms have gotten cheap, but the price of groceries (and some of the other things that people are actually buying) is going up.
Eric LevitzThis @Noahpinion column arguing that the U.S. should inflate away the debt it accrues from coronavirus -- while promoting unionization to shore up real wages -- is good.
But I really don't think you can hold this view and call yourself a neoliberal shill
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