Magazine December 8, 2014, Issue

The IQ Cult

Jonathan Gruber in 2009 (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Jonathan Gruber isn’t the only progressive who thinks he’s smarter than you

Running for president in 1952, Democrat Adlai Stevenson had, so goes the lore, one of the wittier ripostes in modern American political history: “You will have the vote of every thinking American,” a supporter called out. “That’s not enough, madam,” Stevenson supposedly replied. “We need a majority.”

If true, it was one of the more revealing statements as well. Sixty years later, Jonathan Gruber—not a presidential candidate, but another liberal “egghead”: the MIT economist credited as Obamacare’s “architect”—dispensing with wit, told an audience at the University of Pennsylvania in October 2013:

Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call

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The IQ Cult

Running for president in 1952, Democrat Adlai Stevenson had, so goes the lore, one of the wittier ripostes in modern American political history: “You will have the vote of every ...
Politics & Policy

Branded by Google

In September, the Washington Post received an unusual request: Would it remove a music review from the Internet? The request came from Dejan Lazić, a Croatian-born pianist. Not hearing from ...

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Crony Consumerism

Everyone loves to hate crony capitalism. But crony consumerism, its evil twin, is just as dangerous, yet is barely known.   In the wake of the Great Society’s efforts to mandate ...

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Remember the Alamo In his piece “Forget the Alamo” (October 20), Henry Olsen discredits the fierce battle of 1836, contending that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is overly enamored of a ...
The Week

The Week

‐ It is our fond hope that Democrats win another landslide among non-voters next time. ‐ Comparisons are odious. But on a night of GOP wins, pride of place belonged to ...
The Long View

From: jgruber@mit.edu

TO: verygiftedpotus@hotmail.com FROM: jgruber@mit.edu SUBJ: Mega apologies Dear Sir: I’m taking the liberty of writing to you at your private e-mail address, the one you give out to close and dear friends. I just ...
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One Small Outrage

If you haven’t heard the news by now, the European Space Agency landed a probe on a comet, and that was cause for hoorahs for about three minutes. Unfortunately one ...
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Poetry

ANGELICO’S CRUCIFIXION Tempera and gold on wood, circa 1445 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue Here is faith’s erotic life, Prayer’s unfallen touch, whose brushstrokes hold Strange virtues even now to halt And hush our ...

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