I usually try to limit my posts on this blog to issues directly involving higher education. But as AAUP President Rudy Fichtenbaum has pointed out, “the attack on higher education as a public good is a political attack” that “requires us to respond by entering the arena of politics.” And today, via Paul Krugman’s blog, I stumbled upon a terrific piece on the state of American politics by David Roberts, who writes for the website vox.com.
“Tech nerds are smart. But they can’t seem to get their heads around politics,” is framed as a call to so-called “tech nerds” (you know, young Silicon Valley types) and especially Tim Urban, whose Wait But Why blog Roberts calls “one of the purest expressions of the nerd spirit,” to better understand politics. But whether or not you’re a nerd, Roberts’ analysis provides one of the best descriptions of the sad state of the American political system today. I highly recommend reading it at