The president does not seem to grasp the most basic aspects of the public-health crisis.
Conor FriedersdorfI used to worry that Trump’s serial mendacity might harm the nation. Now, watching him respond to this pandemic, I worry even more that he isn’t lying, but rather that he lacks the capacity to see errors in the most obvious falsehoods
This paper examines the impact of the U.S. fracking boom on local STI transmission rates and prostitution activity as measured by online prostitution …
Conor Friedersdorf"We first document significant and robust positive effects on gonorrhea rates in fracking counties. But we find no evidence that fracking increases prostitution, suggesting sex work may not be the principal mechanism linking fracking to gonorrhea growth."
Pressure to pick a side in sexual-assault allegations can do more harm than good.
Conor FriedersdorfDo you believe Reade or Biden, Ford or Kavanaugh? My answer: I pass. I punt. I vote present. & that causes me no guilt or nagging discomfort. Try it: When pressured to pick a side in a public controversy w/o definitive evidence, just politely decline.
Conor FriedersdorfWhen the masses are urged to comment on an allegation, declarations of “I believe” will inevitably be accompanied by pronouncements of “liar.” Might a majority of survivors fare better if all uninvolved parties were discouraged from sitting in judgment?
Conor FriedersdorfKate Manne argued that admitting the credibility of Reade’s claim is a “moral obligation.” If what happened in a given case hasn’t been proved beyond a reasonable doubt, why would anyone be morally obligated to believe either party’s claims?
Conor FriedersdorfOne point I tried to make here is that dearth of competence in the White House and various bureaucracies may well constrain our options, and that consideration should be intrinsic, not extrinsic, to our analysis