Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson


Senior editor @TheAtlantic. Writes about the economics and psychology of work and play. Email: derek[at]theatlantic[dot]com

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Like Obama, Biden inherits an enfeebled economy. But it says everything about the positive evolution of mainstream economic policy that we've replaced the so-smart-it's-dumb science of nudges with the so-simple-it's-genius science of giving people money

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What a pathetic reboot of The Emperor's New Clothes this White House has been: Weeks and weeks of Trump advisers privately kvetching that Trump's insane but publicly saying "what fine voting fraud evidence you have, emperor!" and the president eating it up and demanding more.

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It's akin to what sociologists call "pluralistic ignorance": That's when lots of people who privately know one thing to be true publicly state the opposite, bc they're scared of speaking out and assume their views to be in the minority.

In a way, the insurrection was a bad game of 'pluralistic-ignorance telephone.' GOP elites publicly pretended to see something that wasnt there for self-serving reasons, but the self-serving aspect of the lie got lost in translation and all voters heard was the dangerous fantasy

@BenjySarlin  my guess is that graham likes knowing where power sits, and he's saying "let's call it all off, heal the nation, forget the last 4 years happened " bc he's nervous about a tough GOP-split vote that requires him to pick a side while the party is in a legitimately weird place

A super fun and hot-takey paper on how Big Five personality traits correlate w/ the movies you like - high-openness —> critically acclaimed cult films - introverted/ high-opennesss —> fantasy - extroverted/low-agreeable —> crime - high-neurotic —> horror

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Biden's not an all-time orator but he has a killer change-up: He does this thing where he'll bellow out a couple bromides, but then he'll come down in his register and bring out the broken-whisper voice for the really important lines.

@NateSilver538  it’s possible that high turnout and politicized hyperpartisanship are somewhat linked: if everybody is freaking out about politics all the time, that’s a mostly bad thing that has the good side effect of raising turnout

Only four states finished in the Top 10 in U-Haul moves in both 2019 and 2020: - Florida - Texas - North Carolina - and ….. Ohio?

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New @DataProgress  poll: - 52% of Americans under 45 have lost their job, had hours reduced, or been furloughed -35% of Americans under 35 now say they don't have health insurance

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Gregg Popovich is the best, and this quote is extraordinary.

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This isn't a debate. It's a DDOS attack happening in front of a human moderator.

The largest outbreak in South Korea came from a church. The largest outbreak in France came from a church. The latest outbreak in Germany came from a church. The latest CDC investigation traces a rural Arkansas outbreak—from a church.

This paper should be a bombshell. Due to the electoral college and the extreme blue-state concentration of Democrats, Republicans are expected to win 65% of presidential contests in which they narrowly lose the popular vote.

The most important COVID story right now is the age shift. In Texas: Young adults driving the spike. In Arizona: COVID cases growing 2X faster among ages 20-44 than 65+. In Florida: Median age of new COVID cases fell from 65 in March to 35 this week —>

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June 24: 38,672 positive COVID cases. That is a record high for the United States.

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