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Eric Levitz

Senior Writer, Intelligencer

Eric Levitz is a senior writer for Intelligencer. He covers politics and economics.

  1. russia sanctions
    The Pain and Potential Gain of Biden’s Russian Oil BanThe move will deal a blow to Putin’s regime but impose a new burden on U.S. energy consumers.
  2. foreign interests
    The Terrible Case for a No-Fly Zone in UkraineDoes NATO really want to start World War III?
  3. the economy
    The West’s Sanctions on Russia Are Working Too WellCould economic warfare against Vladimir Putin backfire?
  4. vladimir putin
    Putin’s War Looks Increasingly InsaneThe Russian leader refuses to modify his goals, even as the costs mount.
  5. foreign interests
    Is America to Blame for Russia’s War in Ukraine?No, but U.S. policy decisions might have caused it.
  6. foreign interests
    The War in Ukraine Looks Unwinnable (for Everyone)Putin is poised to lose his war of aggression. So is the rest of the world.
  7. ukraine invasion
    Could Putin Go Nuclear in Russia’s War With Ukraine?Putin’s brinkmanship is a reminder that we are only one accident, miscommunication, or powerful psychopath away from nuclear war.
  8. foreign interests
    Which Russia-Ukraine Take Is Right for You?A menu of possible opinions, with something for every brand of American pseudo-intellectual.
  9. political science
    The Urban-Rural Culture War Has Gone GlobalThroughout the developed world, the city and the country have developed sharply divergent social values.
  10. public health
    America Can Get Back to Normal and Get Better at Fighting COVIDThere’s still a lot policy-makers can do to protect the most vulnerable without inconveniencing the broader public.
  11. liberalism
    Ibram X. Kendi Does Not Run the Democratic PartySo why do some centrist pundits pretend otherwise?
  12. conservative media
    Why Conservatives Celebrate the Canadian TruckersCOVID mandates are ripe fodder for fraudulent populism.
  13. the pandemic
    The Democratic Party’s ‘Mask Off’ MomentVoters are sick of the pandemic and public-health mandates. Democrats can’t stop the former, so they’re ending the latter.
  14. labor
    ‘Pro-Worker Conservatives’ Are Just Union Busters in DisguiseIn Marco Rubio’s new plan, the GOP’s overtures to the working class have reached their logical end.
  15. the economy
    Real Modern Monetary Theory Has Never Been TriedSince the dawn of the pandemic, MMT has been neither vindicated nor discredited.
  16. education policy
    Does Pre-K Actually Hurt Kids?A new study raises that alarming possibility. But even if its findings are true, universal pre-K would still be worthwhile.
  17. conservatism
    No, Democrats and Republicans Aren’t Equally Anti-DemocraticA reply to Ross Douthat.
  18. the economy
    5 Reasons Voters Underrate the Biden EconomyBy most objective measures, today’s economy isn’t bad. So why do Americans say the president is messing it up?
  19. black voters
    Why Joe Biden Is Bleeding Black SupportThe president’s failure to pass voting-rights legislation is only a small part of the story.
  20. our climate
    The World Can’t Go Green and Nuclear FreeNuclear energy is the only existing non-carbon technology that can compensate for renewables’ liabilities.
  21. the federal reserve
    Fed to Markets: The Prices Are Too Damn HighJerome Powell told markets what they expected to hear Wednesday, albeit in a slightly more hawkish tone than some anticipated.
  22. covid-19
    Partisanship Made the Omicron Crisis WorseCould America have averted a huge wave of COVID deaths?
  23. the stock market
    3 Reasons Why Stocks Have Been PlummetingIt’s been a historically bad start to the year for markets.
  24. the intelligencer profile
    Was Larry Summers Right All Along?How the ultimate Establishment figure became the preeminent critic of the Biden era’s economic consensus.
  25. build back better
    Give Manchin What He Wants AlreadyBefore Democrats give up on passing Biden’s climate agenda, they should see if the West Virginia senator will take yes for an answer.
  26. climate change
    Don’t Look Up Doesn’t Get the Climate CrisisIf stopping climate change just required cooperative billionaires and conscious voters, we’d already be saved.
  27. the economy
    Who’s Afraid of Price Controls?We need new tools for combating inflation.
  28. conservatism
    Why The View Is Struggling to Find a New Token ConservativeThe show wants a Republican cohost who represents the views of the GOP base and is not an illiberal conspiracist. Does such a person exist?
  29. going viral
    No, Joe Biden Did Not Just Surrender to the Omicron VariantDon’t believe every five-second clip you see on Twitter.com.
  30. supreme court
    Why Is John Roberts So Popular Among Democrats?The chief justice’s enduring appeal suggests the Supreme Court may be able to gut Roe without great cost to its reputation.
  31. politics
    Democrats Are Doing Weirdly Well in RedistrictingThere’s now an outside chance that the House map might end up slightly biased in the Democrats’ favor.
  32. thus spoke manchin
    If Manchin Kills Build Back Better, This Will Be WhyThe West Virginia senator may have figured out that green-energy subsidies actually work.
  33. omicron
    Biden Can Fight Omicron Without Ruining ChristmasThe president has several untapped tools for containing the virus without impinging on the median voter’s personal liberty or sense of normalcy.
  34. joe manchin
    The Democratic Agenda Dies of DelusionsManchin’s views are fallacious and classist. But they’ve also been crystal clear, and the Democratic leadership willfully ignored them.
  35. student debt
    3 Ways Biden Can Aid Borrowers As Student Loan Repayment RestartsThe president can do a lot to relieve the debt burden. But it’s unclear whether he will.
  36. 2020 hindsight
    Why Democrats Are Losing Ground With Hispanic VotersA new report sheds light on one of 2021’s defining political questions.
  37. the democrats
    Blame the Democratic Leadership for Biden’s Stalled AgendaWhy are Schumer and Pelosi ignoring Manchin’s most consistent (and substantively wise) demand?
  38. history
    The Authoritarian Right’s 1877 ProjectAs the GOP undermines Black political rights in the present, some right-wing intellectuals are rationalizing Black disenfranchisement in the past.
  39. the republican party
    Only Republicans Can Stop the Republicans NowThe biggest obstacle to the GOP’s political dominance is now the party’s own dearth of ideological discipline.
  40. the republican party
    Is the GOP’s Policy Agenda Hidden or Nonexistent?For a party that may soon have full control of government, its ambitions remain remarkably unclear.
  41. supply chains
    6 Signs That the Supply-Chain Crisis Is (Slowly) EndingAnd a couple reasons to worry that it won’t end anytime soon.
  42. kyle rittenhouse trial
    Kyle Rittenhouse’s Defense Was Strong. It’s Also a Threat to the Rule of Law.The shooter’s claims of self-defense are legally plausible. But they also expose the anarchy latent in America’s lax gun laws and vigilante culture.
  43. build back better
    Democrats Must Hope That Build Back Better Adds to the DeficitBiden’s social policy bill is fully paid for — if the bulk of it expires before the decade’s end.
  44. inflation
    What Biden Should — and Shouldn’t — Do to Combat InflationThere’s no need to raise interest rates or cut spending. But there are a few things Biden can do to lower prices.
  45. inflation
    Two Big Myths About Why Energy Prices Are RisingWhy Joe Biden and climate hawks are not responsible for soaring fossil-fuel costs.
  46. critical race theory
    When Keeping It ‘Woke’ Gets Racist, Liberals Should Say SoSome of the things that conservatives have dubbed “critical race theory” aren’t worth defending.
  47. politics
    The GOP Got Away With All of ItGlenn Youngkin’s win in Virginia suggests that Republicans will pay no sustained price for abetting Trump’s assault on democracy.
  48. 2020 hindsight
    New 2020 Autopsy: Demographics Won’t Save DemocratsIn Nevada, high turnout made the electorate more diverse but no more Democratic, while in Wisconsin white working-class Democrats kept dying off.
  49. polls
    Is the Media to Blame for Biden’s Bad Poll Numbers?Or is it “the economy, stupid”?
  50. build back better
    Congress Decides to Learn Almost Nothing From PandemicCOVID cost America 734,000 lives and $16 trillion. Biden’s new Build Back Better bill invests just $2.7 billion into pandemic preparedness.
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