Regulation and Wittgenstein

I disagree with both David and Michael.

The universe of regulation is so large and the targets of administrative rule-making and enforcement so diverse that any attempt to broadly define “regulation”–let alone to prescribe a way to “fix” it–loses useful meaning and can hurt more than help.

1,000 Words

That’s New York Times columnist David Brooks on the phone and Newt Gingrich coming down the stairs behind him. One possible motivation for fleeing: “Some people are interesting, like Newt Gingrich, but Newt Gingrich is not going …

Re: How to Make Regulation Work

In his post today, Mike Grunwald bravely admits that “regulation is tricky” and “I’m not entirely sure what I think about these problems.”

Here’s one way to think about: As a general rule, regulations that require large numbers of fallible human government employees to ferret out wrongdoing are destined not to work very well.

Q&A: Jon Huntsman

TIME talked to former ambassador to China and Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman for a profile running in the May 23, 2011, issue of the magazine. Lightly edited excerpts from three separate interviews with Huntsman follow:

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