Links for 2009-05-11

  • The Becker-Posner Blog | The Serious Conflict in the Modern Conservative Movement-Becker – Dedicato al Pdl ed a tutti gli aspiranti gopper di casa nostra, soi-disant liberisti in economia e interventisti nelle camere da letto altrui, oltre che in politica estera: «I believe that the best way to restore the consistency and attractiveness of the conservative movement is for modern conservatism to return to its roots of skepticism toward governmental actions. This involves confidence in the capacity of individuals to make decisions not only in their own interests, but also usually in the interests of society at large. Such a shift in attitudes would require more flexible approaches toward hot button issues like gays in the military, gay marriage, abortions, cell stem research, and toward many other issues of this type»;
  • Economic View | There’s Work to Be Done, but Congress Opts Out – NYTimes.com – «Congress seems to want to be circumvented and to delegate more power to the executive branch as well as to the Fed, at least temporarily. While Congressional leaders are consulted on the major policies, Congress is keeping its distance, perhaps to minimize voter outrage. This way, Congress can claim credit if a recovery comes, but deny responsibility if the price tag ends up higher than advertised or if banks seem to be receiving unfair benefits from the government»