Mistakes in brief

So there’s this in response to this, which commented on this, which itself was a response to a whole lot of 10-year retrospectives on Katrina, some of which are full of motivated reasoning and some of which combine a pretty good empirical base and caution about drawing policy conclusions.1 And then the following from this: “reading his post reminded me how much more I enjoy debating within the family rather than debating with folks who will fundamentally oppose [my preferred policy position] regardless of what the data says.”

My impression: when I have my wits about me, I let everyone live down their mistakes du jour because I commit plenty of my own. But it certainly is a mistake to imply to independent observers that you want to work in a bubble or write in a bubble.


  1. At first glance, there is far too little material on the ten years since Katrina that is historically informed, but that can be remedied. []