Bio for Cass Sunstein
Why Second-Term Scandals Are Almost Inevitable
May 22, 2013 | 113 CommentsIn the last month, there has been a lot of talk about whether American presidents face a second-term curse. It’s not clear that such a thing exists, but any second- term president is likely to have to deal with some real or apparent scandals. The reason isn’t arrogance, distraction or hubris. It’s a matter of arithmetic.
How to Humble a Wing Nut
May 20, 2013 | 570 CommentsThere is no standard definition of the all-important term “wing nut,” so let’s provide one. A wing nut is someone who has a dogmatic commitment to an extreme political view (“wing”) that is false and at least a bit crazy (“nut”).
Don’t Mandate Labeling for Gene-Altered Foods
May 12, 2013 | No commentsShould the government require companies to label food that contains genetically modified organisms?
Buying Insurance Should Be as Easy as Using an IPad
May 06, 2013 | 12 CommentsAs a central part of President Barack Obama’s health-care law, Americans will soon be able to obtain insurance through federal exchanges. But how, exactly, will people apply for coverage?
Don’t Buy the Slippery-Slope Argument on Guns
April 29, 2013 | No commentsIn 1991, the economist Albert Hirschman published a biting, funny and subversive book, “The Rhetoric of Reaction,” whose principal goal was to provide a kind of reader’s guide to conservative objections to social reform. Hirschman wanted to demonstrate that such objections are pervasive, mechanical, routinized and often unconvincing.