by Jeremy Young | 9/23/2008 03:40:00 PM
Since we're going all financial meltdown around here, here's a great piece by Bruce McF on Keynesian economics and the New Deal.

Cameron Blevins writes an excellent post on "the perceived schism between popular and academic history," one that is made infinitely more interesting by the fact that he cites a certain ProgressiveHistorians author...

There's an informal symposium going on at Cliopatria on historical fiction, accuracy, and the historical profession. Feel free to contribute (as I will if I can find the time).

Upcoming lectures: our own Lisa Pease will be speaking on the CIA and the RFK assassination at Duquesne University on Saturday, October 4. If you're in the Pittsburgh area, make sure to catch her talk. Also, I'm going to try to make Dan Cohen's lecture at IU this Thursday. If I'm able to go, I'll let you all know how it went.

Finally, I should issue a mea culpa. Awhile back I wrote a scathing piece on the Joe Biden VP selection, declaring, "It's a dark day to be a Democrat." Not only did I overreact, I have to admit that Biden is the best thing to happen to the Democratic ticket in a long time. Matching the rhetorical fire of Howard Dean with the political precision of Barack Obama, he's been a joy to watch on the campaign trail. Furthermore, his selection allows Obama to prevent DLC-oriented up-and-comers like Evan Bayh and Tim Kaine from challenging his presidency from the inside. The selection was in fact a masterstroke, and I hereby retract my immediate reaction to it (and yes, Ralph, you were right too).

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Blogger Ahistoricality on 9/24/2008 12:44 AM:

My favorite clarification of the current financial crisis is by a mathematician.

Elections inspire blogging. Not only am I back at it, at least some, but my old friend Anne Zook has fired up her old place.


Blogger Ahistoricality on 9/24/2008 6:21 PM:

So, apparently it's OK to have presidential campaigns during wartime, but not when Wall Street sniffles?