I believe that we can expect threats to freedom of speech to get worse as human beings are likely to expect not just greater physical comfort as time goes by, but greater "intellectual comfort" as well.
Can failure transform us in important -- and healthy -- ways? Should we champion failure as much as we do success? And in the field of education, should we learn not just to live with but to love leaders who fail?
The aging American workforce is being vilified, in much the same way the poor were in previous decades. Politicians and pundits who once might have spread myths about "welfare queens" are now describing retired people as "greedy geezers."
The political case for appointing Warren is even stronger than the policy case. Choosing anybody other than Warren will not make Obama appear reasonable or moderate--it will make him look weak and corruptible.