An Open Thread for Interesting Times
We’ve hit a bit of lull at Anchor Rising today, for reasons entirely unrelated to a lack of things happening in the world worth blogging about. Here are a few big-picture items on my list to cover, that I am planning to articulate upon over the next few weeks…
- Local taxation numbers in Rhode Island, and what they tell us about how well various municipalities are run.
- What the Cranston West Banner tells us about a progressive need for absolute purity (Cranston is an important counter-example to some cutting edge research into the nature of people’s political beliefs).
- Is Rhode Island an outlier in how it deals with its fiscal crisis, or will we be the first domino to fall on this side of the Atlantic, as 300 years of limited government democracy prove to be an anomaly, and the world resumes an unstoppable path to absolutist rule?
- What it is that drives Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Providence to their blatantly hypocritical behavior.
- What overall trends in Rhode Island educational scores seem to tell us (hint: it’s not that teaching quality doesn’t matter, and socio-economic status is unalterable destiny).
- Why Mitt Romney’s failure to connect with Republican voters is not just personal, but a product of the times.
Otherwise, consider this an open thread on what you think are the absolutely biggest issues facing your community, your state, your country and the world right now. Also, you can enjoy this picture of Hopkinton Town Councilman Scott Bill Hirst at CPAC (he’s on the far left) which was used to headline the FrumForum website for a few hours yesterday. (Councilman Hirst’s photo is the only thing in the linked blog item worth noting).