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Rich wingnuts are usually true believers

Assigned, must-read reading of the day: Jane Mayer’s amazing article synthesizing the political and “philanthropic” careers for David and Charles Koch. They are basically the funding arm of the Tea Party movement, secular libertarianism, and have their fingers all over global warming denialism. I put “philanthropic” in scare quotes, because…

Why Rand Paul matters

We’re already getting the world-weary sighing about how we need to move on from the Rand Paul thing—and don’t worry, it’s the weekend and we will—but I do feel the obsession over it that sprouted up needs a defender. Rachel Maddow did an excellent job on this front. Visit msnbc.com…

Zombie libertarianism

Jacob Weisberg surveys our financial collapse and declares libertarianism dead. (Hat tip.) Alas, I wish I could feel as secure as he does on this front, but I’m afraid I don’t, because while it’s true that we can blame deregulation frenzy for our current economic situation—and that people trying to…

A small round of applause for decent Time Magazine writing

Had I not sold my truck to a local auto mechanic, I wouldn’t have seen this article in Time about libertarians. And that would have been a shame, because the article’s really good, exposing how silly libertarians are without straining itself or dropping the formal journalist tone. Without coming out…

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