Warning! Moral Hazard Ahead

I often note that there is some real moral hazard to centrism. People will argue that by focusing on building coalitions, we might engage with bad ideas or let in some unfortunate characters. And they're right. This is a legitimate risk that we must monitor with care. I don't actually know of anyone who encounters... Continue Reading →

Pass or Fail, We’ll Be Back Soon Enough

I have no idea what will come out of the impending vote-a-rama on healthcare. But I do know that whether we get a bill or not, nothing the Senate accomplishes today will do anything to address the fundamental problem with our healthcare system: rising costs. If the cost of coverage is too high for society... Continue Reading →

Is There Room for Curiosity in Politics?

“Hmm… that’s odd.” This is what I think of as the inquisitive response, a cognitive tool of sorts that has served civilization pretty well over the years. Humans are a curious bunch, broadly speaking, and the exploration of those curiosities has led to eureka moments and massive breakthroughs in all kinds of areas: medicine, engineering, transportation, computing,... Continue Reading →

The Centrist Podcast Diet, 1st Edition

Update: The second edition is out. If you've grown dizzy from the constant spin in your media diet, you probably have a tough time finding any decent alternatives. I've definitely struggled with this myself. Still do. To that end, I've curated a small list of the best podcasts for those of us looking for some... Continue Reading →

$50 Million Later

Why throw away $50 million on the most expensive house seat loss in history? Damn good question. I voiced lukewarm support for John Ossoff, mostly because of his nominal posture as a centrist, however hollow it might have been. At this point I’m ready to accept just about any nod to centrism, even if only... Continue Reading →

Our Current Predicament

I’ve spent almost no time this week discussing the Financial Choice Act, which was just passed by the House and is on its way to the Senate. This bill is an overhaul of Dodd-Frank, which was itself an overhaul of our regulatory system after the 2008 financial crisis. (We seem to love overhauls in this... Continue Reading →

Democrats: Stop Counting on Scandal

First off, let me just say that aside from self defense, I never condone individual acts of violence of any kind, period. Seeing as the “bodyslam” story appears to be holding up, I would argue Gianforte should probably resign. That said, this is a tepid opinion at best. I see this more as an issue... Continue Reading →

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