Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The Center Of The Road
The more I read Matthew Yglesias* the more he resembles a David Brooks with training wheels. Yglesias is usually inoffensive and has a fine grasp of the obvious. Wherever society needs a Harvard graduate to step up to the lectern and pass on conventional wisdom, he is there.
Yglesias tells us that immigrantion can be a good thing, frozen vegetables are better than no vegetables, both Israel and Palestine have valid complaints, some people on the right believe untrue things, dual mandates are confusing, poor minorities do worse in school than middle class kids, and ideological purity is bad.
I'm not sure why we need someone around at all times to tell us what reasonable people think, or to find middle-of-the-road policies to solve conventionally accepted problems that achieve moderate solutions. But anything that keeps the Masters of the Universe occupied with busy work is probably a good thing.
*I've added him to my route.