This week in The New Republic
Posted by aogSaturday, 28 December 2002 at 20:46 TrackBack Ping URL
The week of 30 December 2002.

We have a silly anti drug advertisement from The Anti Drug. The key quote

So if people stopped buying drugs, there wouldn't be a drug market
Certainly true. And if people stopped stealing, there wouldn't be a stolen goods market. But it doesn't sound like an actual plan to me.

Beinhart makes some good points in his editorial, but relying on the NAACP to judge whether a politician has a "good" civil rights voting record doesn't seem plausible. Morever, he makes a big deal of Martin Luther King day. He's a great man, but as great as all of our presidents put together? The only man in the history of our nation great enough to warrant his own holiday? I think not. And why, exactly, is voting for this holiday relevant to civil rights?

The group editorial has an interesting view - undermine the North Korean regime by promoting emigration. Right now it's very difficult for people to escape North Korea because China doesn't want them. I think this is a great idea. Since the South Koreans think reapproachment with the North is a good and realistic idea, the US should support that by providing free transportation from China to South Korea. We could probably get the Chinese to cooperate and surely the South Koreans would be willing to welcome these emissaries from the North.

We have the obligatory homage to Al Gore from Martin Peretz. Others have ripped this better than I can, but I thought I'd just get one hit in. Peretz says that

Gore - who, after all, won more votes in 2000 than any presidential candidate in U.S. history except for Ronald Reagan
Yes, and your point is? Mr. Peretz, allow me to introduce you to something called "population growth". From 1984 (to be generous) to 2000 the US population changed from 253 million to 281 million, an 11% growth. The 2000 election had 105 million votes, so that means about an extra 6 million votes for Gore. Then you could have one of your staff explain to you the irrelevance of the popular vote totals in US presidential elections.