12:12 PM yesterday
commented on Imagine Skyscrapers on the National Mall
Less dense housing can never be more affordable (assuming constant/increasing demand). More of something makes it less expensive, this is a case where economics can be counted on to be incredibly objective.
commented on Going Against the Anti-Negativity Police
A real genius can be pleasant and (painfully) truthful in the same moment. I'm against the everyone-gets-a-trophy attitude, but I don't think smart criticism is necessarily acerbic.
commented on Slate's Matthew Yglesias Congratulates Himself for Not Being as Socialist as Kshama Sawant
Ugh. Sawant's comments are as far left as the tea party is right. They are extreme. I think it's fine to support those policies if you like them, but recognize they are the crazytown antipode to Wasilla's ex-mayor. And, believing in something like rent control (as a fix) is as ridiculous as being a climate change denialist, since in both cases the long arc of accepted research is being ignored. I'd take a little more Swedish style socialism almost any day, but that isn't (at least so far) what Sawant is preaching.
commented on Kshama Sawant's Brash Style Catapulted Her to Victory
@5, it definitely has the potential to turn out that way. Her style of rhetoric sounds like the tea party, but it's yet to be seen if she'll play that way. Seattle government wasn't really broken, and I hope it doesn't become dysfunctional because of her bellicose manner. She is a narcissist, like most politicians, but I'm not sure she's self aware enough to see it or just doesn't care that others do.
Proclaiming the "I can't do anything because I'm being undermined" trope before you've actually been undermined is the voice of a big ego (oh, plus the "I did that before it was cool" thing), and doesn't sound like someone who will work for compromise. I hope her tenure doesn't turn out to be as interesting as it could be, since successful governing is boring ('we' rather than 'I') stuff. Big personalities are very demanding, though.