The ideologies that doom us


There is a new blog post entitled, “Economics, empire, and the environment.”

George Monbiot, “Fire Front,” October 11, 2021,

Paul Krugman, “Doing Economics as if Evidence Matters,” New York Times, October 11, 2021,



Jamie Gumbrecht, “Pfizer seeks FDA authorization of Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11,” Cable News Network, October 7, 2021,

Katie Camero, “UCLA doctor ‘willing to lose everything’ escorted from work for refusing COVID vaccine,” Sacramento Bee, October 7, 2021,

Ben Sales, “A Proud Boys-sympathizing rabbi in Florida has provided 200 vaccine exemption requests,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, October 8, 2021,

Alex Horton, “Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops have not yet complied with vaccine mandate as deadlines near,” Washington Post, October 10, 2021,

Lizette Alvarez, “Florida teachers are quitting their jobs in droves — and who can blame them?” Washington Post, October 11, 2021,

Dan Whitcomb, “Texas governor bars all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in state, rips Biden for ‘bullying,’” Reuters, October 12, 2021,


It won’t be me defending the messaging around the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package from charges such as Philip Bump’s.[1] But I would also suggest that Joe Biden’s profoundly misguided faith that he could work across the aisle with Republicans[2] was plainly hubris such as that which leads to conundrums such as this. It’s too bad because this is the sort of conundrum that argues against the ambition that could do a lot of people a lot of good.

Philip Bump, “One person who deserves blame for Biden’s stalled agenda is Joe Biden,” Washington Post, October 11, 2021,

  1. [1]Philip Bump, “One person who deserves blame for Biden’s stalled agenda is Joe Biden,” Washington Post, October 11, 2021,
  2. [2]Perry Bacon, Jr., “Does Biden Really Think Republicans Will Work With Him? And Could He Be Right?” FiveThirtyEight, January 19, 2021,; ric Bradner and Gregory Krieg, “Joe Biden predicts a post-Trump ‘epiphany’ for Republicans,” Cable News Network, May 14, 2019,; Moira Donegan, “What does Biden have in common with Trump? Delusional nostalgia,” Guardian, June 21, 2019,; Matt Ford, “Someone Please Tell Joe Biden That Bipartisanship Is Dead,” New Republic, June 12, 2019,; Matt Viser, “Biden once asserted Republicans would have an ‘epiphany.’ Now he admits he doesn’t understand them,” Washington Post, May 6, 2021,; Paul Waldman, “Joe Biden still hasn’t learned the lessons of the Obama presidency,” Washington Post, December 6, 2019,; Martin Pengelly, “‘Short and not especially sweet’: Lindsey Graham called Biden over Trump support,” Guardian, August 16, 2021,; William Rivers Pitt, “Mitch McConnell Says Bipartisanship Is ‘Over.’ Believe Him,” Truthout, July 7, 2021,

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