Pure Pol Archive

North Korea Talks Won’t Be What We Think

If a summit leads to a truce, which leads to unification of the island, Korea could become a regional powerhouse that dwarfs Japan and serves China. The United States will have no economic leverage.

Eugene Wants Someone Strong, Accountable, Elected

A strong mayor government combines the power of a city manager with the visibility of an elected mayor. A strong mayor answers directly to the voters, but also must work collaboratively with the city council.

Please Take Us Back, China! Please.

We’ll do anything. We’ll sort everything ourselves. We’ll go back to open receptacles. We’ll wash everything by hand. We’ll flatten our cardboard completely. We’ll cut out the bottoms of our cans and flatten those too. We’ll even

The Bank Shot to Total Information Awareness

Poindexter was convinced that the best way to track any sleeper-cell terrorists in the United States would be to surveil everyone, because an individual’s actions can be best predicted by mapping and interpreting the patterns of their

Putting the Dime on Oregon’s Bottle Recyclers

So where does the dime go after you pay the deposit at the store? It goes to the OBRC, which is effectively privately owned by beverage distributors.

Congress to Baseball Owners: The Fix is In

Teams that spend millions for a good fastball pitcher during their pennant stretch fail to pay some of their minor league players the minimum wage. All professional baseball players should be paid at least the minimum wage.

America’s Two Revolutions Are Intersecting

Is the person viewing that advertisement as a citizen or as a consumer? If being a good American involves shopping, why not buy the ultimate tool of personal empowerment?

Safety Measures Won’t Loosen Without Leadership

President Franklin Roosevelt ... gave our adversaries the playbook now being used against us. When people are afraid, they’ll barter their freedom. The ratchet tightens one notch at a time.

Life For Life: A Difficult Political Compromise

If I were the solution to an intractable social dilemma plaguing modern America attending a masquerade party, I already know what I’d pretend to be. I’d go to the party dressed up as two problems. As long

Don’t Miss the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Freedom and inalienable rights are familiar to us, but buying and selling other humans was the other “new idea” that made our country possible.