Links: Ghostwriters, the social order in local terms, the seduction of Silicon Valley, and more!

* Jonathan Kay’s life as a ghostwriter, with lots of entertaining bits. The celebrity memoirs and business how-tos that make up much of the publishing industry are mostly written by ghostwriters: you’ve likely interacted with their work, without necessarily realizing it.

* Free parking is killing cities, and driving up the costs of housing.

* “American Gentry: Local Power and the Social Order.”

* “The Economic Mistake Democrats Are Finally Confronting,” an important piece that covers how attempting to increase demand with extra funding won’t work if supply doesn’t concomitantly increase. Housing is the star of this story but education is similarly strangled.

* “Head Start grant writers and early childhood education program staffing woes:” a grant-related post, but one that may be of general interest.

* “China Is a Declining Power—and That’s the Problem: The United States needs to prepare for a major war, not because its rival is rising but because of the opposite.” An alternate theory to the ones you’ve read around here before.

* “So You’re About To Be Cancelled: A group called Counterweight assists people whose bosses and co-workers are forcing them to endorse ‘social-justice’ beliefs.”

* How Miami seduced Silicon Valley.

* “The White Backlash That Wasn’t: Opposition to critical race theory is broad and bipartisan.” Don’t like the overly divisive framing of the headline, but there is some substance within.

* “‘Don’t leave campus’: Parents are now using tracking apps to watch their kids at college.” This seems insane to me, and one has to hope it’s not real, or rarely real.

* “On American campuses, students are biting their tongues: Students of all kinds are self-censoring, especially if they don’t agree with the perceived campus wisdom about race and criminal justice.”

* On the roots of progress and how to achieve greater technological progress now.

* Good New Yorker report on the state and history of nuclear fusion. Proof-of-concept is conceivable by 2025, with actual contributions to the power grid conceivable by 2030.

* Twitter thread from a former marine about what the Taliban knew about us, versus what we knew about them, along with cultural mismatch and many other topics.

* “At the heart of Shor’s frenzied work is the fear that Democrats are sleepwalking into catastrophe.” Not just the usual political bs. Note: “Senate Democrats could win 51 percent of the two-party vote in the next two elections and end up with only 43 seats in the Senate.” About David Shor and many other topics.

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