Wednesday

And also:

  • BLTN: has one U.S. party declared war on the poor? [Kevin Drum]
  • At The Mischiefs of Faction, Seth Masket discusses how changes meant to reduce political insiders’ powers have had the opposite effect. Unsurprisingly, a lot of political scientists’ evaluations of similar reforms (e.g. the move toward open primaries and reform of the presidential nominations system) have reached similar conclusions. So, my question is this: Is there any basis to ever hope for more than temporary, partial, and ultimately reversible gains from structural reforms? Or are we doomed instead to suffer a reverse-Sisyphus cycle, in which new reforms, enacted at great cost, roll the stone of reform a little farther down the hill instead?
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