Timothy Carney takes a look at the big-dollar politics of self-interest in "Crony Capitalism vs. Market Morality" (page 46). Carney, 35, is a political columnist at The Washington Examiner and the author of two books, Obamanomics (Regnery) and The Big Ripoff (Wiley). Carney frequently writes about the ins and outs of Washington influence peddling and the cronyism that it facilitates in both parties. "Republicans are often worse because they are too trusting of business," he says. "Democrats are often worse because they increase government's role more than Republicans do."
In "Consumers Should Drive Medicine" (page 30), Kmele Foster interviews David Goldhill about the book Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know About Health Care Is Wrong (Vintage). Like Goldhill, Foster, 34, has a background in business, including venture projects in the telecom, retail, and new media markets. Foster helped found his first company, Technology Brokerage Group, as a college sophomore, and he is now an active partner in the production firm Freethink Media. Foster likes Goldhill's consumer-driven viewpoint, saying the author has "really nailed the stakes" for patients rather than simply focusing on costs.
In "Conscription Is Not the Answer Either" (page 65), Anthony Gregory reviews Andrew Bacevich's Breach of Trust, in which the war critic argues for the draft as a way to check the use of military force. Gregory, 33, is a research fellow at the Independent Institute and the author of The Power of Habeas Corpus in America (Cambridge University Press). His review makes the case that there's no justification for Bacevich's prescription. "Some arguments for a draft sound better than others," Gregory says. "But enslaving people to fight or for any reason is always evil."