With respect to the discussion of Obama's libertarian overtones (or lack thereof), I thought this piece from John Cassidy in the New York Review of Books (too long to paste here) was quite good.
So "Change" = "Nudge"?
(yes, my most favored MP, I know I'm just supposed to drink the koolaid and get on the Unity Pony, but can't I still dream of more?)
Oh, believe me, I would never ask you to drink Koolaid just because I am . . . walking alongside . . . the Unity Pony. I'm doing it for judicial appointments and because of this horrible war, but not because I believe in teh power of teh change.
Thanks for the link, Miss P, it was an interesting jaunt through the world of behavioral economics. Unfortunately it falls into the same trap the last article did, which was devote the clear majority of almost 40 paragraphs to discussing the economic proposals of an "informal, occasional advisor" to Obama rather than Obama's own proposals. And that leads to an interesting construct:
1) 20 paragraph examination of "informal, occasional advisor's" last book
2) Informal, occasional advisor proposes something with the word "libertarian" in it (in this case, "libertarian paternalism," which the essayist rightfully points out as an oxymoron)
3) Author asks rhetorical question: "Is Obama libertarian"?
4) As evidence, exactly *ONE* paragraph on the fact that his universal health care plan does not have a mandate on adults.
Seriously? Now, I've said on this board before that I'm totally in the tank for the Magical Unity Pony (and for very similar reasons to Miss P, with the addition of a rational foreign policy and a return of the rule of law - FYI, frybread, that would be the change that he is talking about), but this article definitely falls into the "lack thereof" category... I mean, Obama also supports a 100% cap and trade system for regulating greenhouse gases. How does that square with a libertarian outlook? Or his liberal internationalist foreign policy? Again, I'm not trying to be a male private part, and am genuinely interested (otherwise would I have read that entire thing?) in reading about his economic proposals, which have definitely gotten short shrift in the campaign in comparison to his foreign policy proposals.