Blue v. Red

The Safety Net Industry

By Justin Katz | December 2, 2004 | Comments Off on The Safety Net Industry

It might surprise North Providence social worker Don Jackson and his ilk that I take seriously my duty to follow President Kennedy’s famous imploration and ask what I can do for my country, and for all of humanity. It might surprise the entire field of professional social workers to hear that I don’t believe myself…

Two TV Nations

By Marc Comtois | November 18, 2004 | Comments Off on Two TV Nations

National Review Online’s Cathy Sieppe has noted that One of the election lessons for Democrats is that while the Left doesn’t understand the Right, the Right can’t help but understand the Left, because the Left is in charge of pop culture. Urban blue staters can go their entire lives happily innocent of the world of…

The Red in the Blue

By Justin Katz | November 17, 2004 |

Having been struggling for an interesting way to frame this, I was much relieved to read Marc’s recent post about demographics and Republican states’ receiving more government aid while (ostensibly) voting against Big Government. Blogger Sensible Mom has explored the data in a bit more depth (the bracketed comment is hers): But let’s focus on…

A Strategy… Just in Case

By Justin Katz | November 17, 2004 | Comments Off on A Strategy… Just in Case

Mackubin Thomas Owens, a professor at the War College in Newport, has done a little preliminary strategic brainstorming in the event that the Blue States try to secede: To begin with, where would the blue-state secessionists get the military force they would need to vindicate their action? After all, to paraphrase Thomas Hobbes, principles, no…

Double Checking the Chastener

By Justin Katz | November 11, 2004 |

While I’m proud to see him touting New England’s Roman Catholics as a pivotal demographic, University of Connecticut and Catholic University professor William D’Antonio was a bit bold in his comments last week in the Boston Globe: For all the Bible Belt talk about family values, it is the people from Kerry’s home state, along…