A Red Team to end the climate wars: fun but likely to fail

Climate War

Summary:  Team Trump has proposed a Red Team project to resolve the climate debates. It's an exciting promise of an easy solution to the public policy gridlock. It will make the situation worse. The climate debate has -- like so many other policy debates -- become dominated by a proposal by Team Trump. They suggest … Continue reading A Red Team to end the climate wars: fun but likely to fail

How the Soviet Menace was over-hyped, and what we can learn from this

Summary: Histories of the CIA document its poor performance as an intelligence agency (e.g., Tim Weiner's 2007 book Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA).  While incompetence certainly plays a role in degrading its performance, obedience to its political superiors probably plays a far more informant role.  Such as the relentless hyping of the … Continue reading How the Soviet Menace was over-hyped, and what we can learn from this