Dylan R. Matthews

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The Good, Yours and Mine

What worries me is that I think Harvard students have convinced ourselves that we have such a theory, one that exculpates us from sacrifice while leaving us convinced that we are doing the right thing. We call it “meritocracy.”

Nothing Succeeds Like Success

Not a lot about politics is fair, but one thing that is, is that in well-functioning democracies like France (or really any country with a less rigid system than the United States’), policies that succeed in producing widely shared prosperity are rewarded at the ballot box.

How You Say “Broke” in T-Bills

In a situation like the current one, running a balanced budget would be positively irresponsible, a huge wasted opportunity.

Trayvon and the Minimal State

Is the libertarian movement rallying against Stand Your Ground laws? Well, no.

The Cards and How You Play Them

So we’re left with a Democratic president whose domestic agenda is less ambitious than that of a Republican president from three decades ago and a Republican opposition that decries that same agenda as rank socialism.

We’re All Statists Now

If Romney loses what’s essentially his home state, he can’t be taken seriously as a nominee.

It's the Ideas, Stupid

The idea that the absolute rights of artists mandate the enforcement of the particular copyright system the United States has adopted as of 2012 is an interesting one, but not particularly persuasive.

Occupy Recruiting

Taking a job at Goldman Sachs is immoral. To take a job in finance is to become complicit in a socially useless enterprise that ruins lives. You should feel bad about yourself if you do it. You will be a worse person if you do it.

Gimme Some Money

If universal programs aren’t safe anymore, what is?

Why We Need Occupy Harvard

Occupy Harvard’s detractors should also stop cloaking their opposition in Harvard’s progressive financial aid provisions. Yes, Harvard’s financial aid policies are commendable, but the Harvard student body is hardly representative of all economic classes. About 70 percent of Harvard students receive financial aid—but 30 percent do not.