Entries from November 2009

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Polls Show Majority of Americans Favors Public Option

As any social scientist knows, the responses you receive from survey participants depend in part on how you phrase the question. The New York Times now reports (“Does the Public Care About the Public Option?” by Katharine Q. Seelye) on several surveys indicating that a majority of Americans favor the provision of government supported health […]

Saturday, November 28th, 2009


Two front-page articles in a recent edition of the Sunday New York Times (15 November 2009) caught my eye. Robert Pear’s  “In House Record, Many Spoke With One Voice: The Lobbyists” observes that, “In the official record of the historic House debate on overhauling health care, the speeches of many lawmakers echo with similarities. Often, […]

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Whatever the Traffic Will Bear

One of early twentieth-century America’s literary critiques of capitalism (hard to believe nowadays, isn’t it, that serious authors and readers might critique our economic system), Frank Norris’s The Octopus, has as its ironic tag line, “whatever the traffic will bear.” The invisible hand of the market, we are told with mind-numbing repetition and diminishing credibility, […]