David P. Goldman is a senior editor of First Things.

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The Great Muslim Disconnect

From First Thoughts

My old business partner and mentor in supply-side economics, the late Jude Wanniski, used to say that the electorate is like a diamond: it looks cloudy, but if you cut it just right, all becomes clear. Think of “wedge” issues as a diamond-cutter’s chisel. Americans are tolerant . . . . Continue Reading »

The Publicly Employed and the Under-Employed

From Web Exclusives

Here’s a Rooseveltian way to address unemployment now at 1930s levels: Let’s create a National Infrastructure Corps to make urgently-needed repairs to roads and bridges, and put to work the disproportionately blue-collar army of unemployed. According to Shadow Government Statistics, a website that constructs alternate data measures, 22 percent of the workforce is under- or unemployed, right up there with the worst of the Great Depression… . Continue Reading »

Cherchez la Femme

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A Google search turns up 75,000 hits for the search term “Michelle Antoinette.” That’s sub-viral, but still noteworthy. At the Huffington Post, one pundit denounces New York Daily News publisher Mort Zuckerman for a “hit piece on First Lady Michelle Obama,” referring to . . . . Continue Reading »

The Public Employment Disaster

From First Thoughts

The most important data point in this morning’s employment release—both for economics and politics—is the loss of 48,000 state and local government jobs. That almost wipes out the 71,000 increase in private employment. Because of the layoff of Census temporary workers, the headline . . . . Continue Reading »

Bloomberg and the Clerical D-List

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For multibillionaire celebrity political honcho, New York’s Mayor Bloomberg is not doing terribly well with the clergy of his city.  At a press conference yesterday morning with the Statue of Liberty in the background, called to support the Ground Zero Islamic center, Bloomberg . . . . Continue Reading »

The Karachity Pakistanis

From First Thoughts

Pakistan’s largest city (and one of the largest in the Muslim world) exploded in riots this week following the murder of a leading politician, and the government has not yet brought it under control. This is a development of enormous significance; it is just this sort of prospective . . . . Continue Reading »

Demographics and Deflation

From First Thoughts

Last night I joined my old friend and Bear, Stearns colleague Wayne Angell—a vice chairman of the Fed’s Board of Governors two decades ago—on CNBC’s Kudlow Report . Wayne took issue with economists who fear deflation; I tend to share those fears, although for different . . . . Continue Reading »

Running in Tight Little Circles

From First Thoughts

Circular reasoning is the standard response to running in tight little circles, which ensues upon having one’s foot nailed to the floor. According to Bret Stephens’ column in today’s Wall Street Journal , we should employ circular reasoning to justify our present misery in . . . . Continue Reading »

Conjugular Love

From First Thoughts

Anne Rice has clarified her renunciation of Christianity, explaining, ”I didn’t anticipate in the beginning that US Catholic Bishops were going to come out against same-sex marriage. That they were actually going to donate money to defeat the civil rights of homosexuals in the secular . . . . Continue Reading »