The New York Times‘s competence at journalism seems to me to be steeply declining. James Hamilton, over at Econbrowser, has a ‘for instance.‘ Here’s his opening paragraph:
David Kocieniewski of the New York Times is guilty of some outrageously bad journalism in the form of a groundless ad hominem attack on the reputation of two professors for the sole purpose of reinforcing the prejudices of his misinformed readers.
Thomas Cronin makes a case for term-limits. (I’m sold.) A slice:
Calvin Coolidge warned that “[i]t is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion. They are always surrounded by worshippers. They are consistently . . . assured of their greatness.” Presidents, Coolidge said, live “in an artificial atmosphere of adulation and exaltation which sooner or later impairs their judgment,” putting them in “grave danger of becoming careless and arrogant.”
Here’s Nicholas Eberstadt on the human population unbound. Here’s the opening paragraph:
Over the past hundred years, global demographic changes have been more than just historic—they have been so sweeping and profound as to rank almost on the scale of an evolutionary leap. What we have witnessed is nothing less than a departure from the demographic rhythms that previously characterized human existence. Across the world we have seen humanity unshackled from practically all the patterns and limits that bound us before, save for reproduction and death itself.