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Jonathan Chait

Chait: Scalia's Death Will Change Supreme Court, U.S., And The Planet

New York Magazine | Andrew Hart | Posted 02.13.2016 | Politics

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a sad and tragic event for his loved ones, including 28 grandchildren and a large network of admi...

Think a $15 Minimum Wage is Too High? Think Again.

Ben Spielberg | Posted 01.23.2017 | Business
Ben Spielberg

At the end of 2015, the New York Times Editorial Board endorsed a $15 federal minimum wage. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' proposal would pha...

Even Trump-Hating Conservatives Are Pretty Crazy

Daily Intelligencer | Whitney Snyder | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics

Podhoretz is not a fringe figure. He is closer to the left wing of conservative-movement thought than the right wing. Even the “reasonable” member...

Will the Fantasy of Political Correctness Continue in 2016?

Michael Roth | Posted 12.31.2016 | Politics
Michael Roth

In 2016, politicians and pundits will certainly continue to pontificate about the pitfalls of political correctness. There just isn't any downside to attacking this imaginary monster of groupthink, so we can expect to hear speakers trumpeting their own courage in "not being pc" as they attack especially vulnerable groups in society.

What Should We Believe: Marco Rubio Or Math?

New York Magazine | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.31.2015 | Politics

Many of us have noted that Marco Rubio has carried out an eerie reprise of George W. Bush’s 2000 strategy, which uses a combination of personal auth...

Jonathan Chait Rips Naomi Klein's Climate Change Book

New York Magazine | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.24.2015 | Politics

One of the hardiest and most irresistible political fallacies holds that, if your side’s agenda is failing, it has failed only because weak-kneed le...

Talking on Eggshells in College

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.27.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Speech policing advocates forget that there is incredible value in knowing what people actually think, unfiltered. Believing you can conquer racism, bias and bigotry by rooting out microaggressions and enforcing self-censorship and uptightness is like taking Xanax for syphilis.

Dan Pfeiffer's Exit Interview: How The White House Learned To Be Liberal

New York Magazine | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics

Dan Pfeiffer, who left his position as senior adviser at the White House last week after having worked with Barack Obama since his first presidential ...

Braden Goyette

What Jonathan Chait Doesn't Understand About Identity Politics | Braden Goyette | Posted 04.12.2015 | Media

Race is an absurd illusion with material consequences, a paradox that makes it slippery to discuss. (In the words of author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, ...

Jonathan Chait Responds To Gawker's Spa Offer

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.28.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Jonathan Chait became enemy No. 1 of many on the internet Tuesday after New York magazine published his political-correctness opus, titled "Not A Very...

VALENTI: Chait Has Double Standard About Free Speech

The Guardian | Jessica Valenti | Posted 01.28.2015 | Media

When a writer like New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait feels it necessary to whine in print about his and other (mostly well-remunerated) writers’ ...

California's Climate Revolution: Could It Change the National Conversation?

Preeti Vissa | Posted 09.06.2014 | Green
Preeti Vissa

Largely under the radar of national and even local media, California has begun a quiet revolution in climate policy that could change the whole national conversation about curbing global warming.

Why Liberals Should Stop Predicting the Death of Conservatism

Bryan Schonfeld | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Bryan Schonfeld

Reports of conservatism's death have been greatly exaggerated. Reading recent predictions of the demise of anti-statist politics, one might think we have arrived at the dawn of a new social democratic America.

Envy and Jealousy? Gag Me With a Silver Spoon

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Michael Winship

The argument goes that instead of being jealous, we all should be working in harmony together to create jobs and opportunity. Problem is, the deeply rich talk about building the economy but do almost nothing about it.

Congress Hurtles Toward Another Constitutional Crisis

New York Magazine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Earlier this month, House Republicans provoked a constitutional showdown with President Obama over the debt ceiling, a confrontation in which Obama pr...

No, Not Everyone Can Keep Their Plan -- And That's A Good Thing!

New York Magazine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The current furor over President Obama’s broken “keep your plan” promise confusingly melds together two very different claims. The first is a si...

Krugman: Conservatives 'Don't Actually Believe In Any Rules At All'

Posted 03.25.2013 | Business

Paul Krugman is getting a bit fed up with all of this “right-wing huffiness.” The Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist c...

Why Republicans Are Facing A Grim Reality

New York Magazine | Jonathan Chait | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

Can a party rule by capturing most of the country but less than half of the people? We might be about to find out....

Why Raising Medicare's Age Is Not The Fiscal Cliff Solution

The New Republic | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics

President Obama hasn’t proposed increasing the eligibility age for Medicare. But would he agree to do so, in order to secure a broader agreement tha...

Think Again: The Color of Hollywood Is Green

Eric Alterman | Posted 10.30.2012 | Media
Eric Alterman

New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait recently published a lengthy article promoting the belief that Hollywood -- and the business of television in particular -- is dominated by a "Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy." The argument is no less subtle than it is familiar.

The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy Is On Your Screen

New York Magazine | Posted 08.20.2012 | Entertainment

Two decades ago, conservative anger against popular culture burned so intensely that it seemed at the time that Hollywood had come to fill the space i...

Michael Calderone

Liberal D.C. Magazine Raises Enough To Stay Alive | Michael Calderone | Posted 06.20.2012 | Media

The American Prospect, the liberal politics and policy magazine that was on the verge of shutting down last month, has exceeded its fundraising goal a...

Jeb Bush Is Not the Future of the Republican Party

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

While there's no doubt that Bush would be a formidable candidate in 2016, there's also no doubt, I think, that the party will continue to drift rightward with or without Romney in the White House.

What Are Conservatives Trying to Conserve?

Ira Glasser | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics
Ira Glasser

Chait's emphasis on demographic shifts is powerful and mainly on target, but there is a broader historical context to his analysis that complements, extends and better explains the hysteria dominating the current rhetoric of the Republican party.

Guess Who Obama Was Channeling In Kansas

Jim Sleeper | Posted 02.07.2012 | Media
Jim Sleeper

You really can't get more egg on your face than Barack Obama's neoliberal Beltway apologists have after his big speech in Kansas. That's because a portion of the speech reads as if the president were channeling the pundits' nemesis, Drew Westen.