Saturday, January 30, 2010

Recommended Reading

The BBC has an interesting piece up examining why voters tend so often to take political stands antithetical to their own interests.  This was discussed at length a few years back in the book What's the Matter With Kansas by Thomas Frank (also interviewed in the article), but it gained renewed discussion after last week's Massachusetts special election signaled a potentially lethal setback for health reform (prompting the president yesterday to -- at long last -- chastise congressional Republicans directly for grossly distorting his agenda -- "You’d think this was some Bolshevik plot!”).

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