There are three reasons I didn’t post my response to Larison (et alia) over my farewell to conservatism post here at Balloon Juice. First, I was looking for the proper vehicle to write about this break at The League and to link back to my Balloon Juice post. Larison’s post provided me with that vehicle. Second, I figured you all had heard enough about the matter and didn’t need what was largely a repetitive post (though I did try to further flesh out some of my thoughts on the matter I fear I was rather too long-winded…I know, such a surprise!). And last, I didn’t think I would have time to respond to comments adequately when I wrote the piece, and since that has been a primary complaint around here I thought it would be best to simply not post it here at all. In any case, some commenters have asked why I didn’t post it here and that’s my answer. You can read Larison’s post here, and my response here.
P.S. Regarding my last pro-stimulus post, a lot of people have said something to the effect of “That was fast! You say you’re going liberal and you really mean it!” Well, I do mean to advocate for the side I’ve come to believe is right. But more to the point, I’ve never really been against stimulus to begin with though I’ve certainly had my doubts about moral hazard, etc. which I’ve written about here previously. No, for a long time now I’ve essentially believed we’re in some sort of balance-sheet recession, and that there is no really good way out of that short of a great deal of public spending. I’ve also said before that I favor a good portion of that in the form of infrastructure investment. So I’m not sure this really represents a sudden shift in my politics so much as it represents my feeling a little more open to making that case forcefully.
P.P.S. This post may also be worth a read if you’re interested. I had been writing here for a short time, had been a bit of a back-and-forth with Ta-Nehisi Coates, and was starting to feel like I was just arguing for argument’s sake, only half believing even myself. I suppose I feel like this was a bit of a turning point, and a post which led directly to my farewell to conservatism piece.