For this weekend’s reading list we have a report from a post-election cruise of leading conservatives, a retrospective on the 2012 Presidential election, reports on economic and educational inequality, a collection of essays about the best and worst policy developments of the past year, and an assessment of the negative impacts of increasing sentimentalization in our society.
Blues Cruise – a reporter’s amusing and disturbing account of the National Review’s Post Election Cruise 2012, in which Ralph Reed, Jonah Goldberg, and 600 other conservatives discussed politics and policy on a cruise in the Caribbean.
The Story Behind Mitt Romney’s Loss in the Presidential Campaign to President Obama – The Boston Globe’s in-depth retrospective on the 2012 Presidential campaign and how Mitt Romney lost
Redistributing Up - an investigation of how corporate lobbying, outsourcing, and other policy changes has led the federal government to serve far too often as a creator of economic inequality.
For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall – how higher education is increasingly serving to preserve and increase class divisions rather than serving as the great equalizer.
The Best and Worst Policy of 2012 – The Century Foundation’s collection of essays highlighting the best and worst policy developments in health care, taxes, economics, national security, etc. in 2012.
Death by Treacle - an argument that the increasing public sentimentalization of private affairs is harming civil society and reducing our ability to thoughtfully deliberate over truly public issues.