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Glenn Loury (Brown University) and Mark Kleiman (The Reality-Based Community, NYU, When Brute Force Fails)

Glenn and Mark debate whether intellectuals should be partisans in an election year. They argue about whether voter ID laws amount to voter disenfranchisement. Glenn complains about the political influence of unions. Mark accuses the Republican Party of climate change denial. Glenn reveals that he has been unimpressed by Obama’s performance, and reveals who he will vote for. Mark recalls an old essay of Glenn’s about political correctness, but gives it a new twist. Finally, they criticize the tactics of both presidential campaigns.

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Recorded:Aug 10    Posted:Aug 12, 2012
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The Glenn Show | Aug 12, 2012 | Glenn Loury & Mark Kleiman

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The left’s nonviolent core

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Piecemeal solutions on gun control

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Bill Scher turns to statistics to explain why reforms like the ban of “bump stocks” on guns are unlikely to save many lives.