What I'm Thinking About at the End of 2022
As 2022 comes to a close, we decided to invite listeners to send in questions for an ask-me-anything episode. And boy, did you all deliver. We received hundreds of fantastic questions, and my column editor, Aaron Retica, joined me to ask some of them. Is equality of opportunity preferable to equality of outcomes? What would a better version of Twitter look like? Are Republicans more politically savvy than Democrats? What do recent advances in artificial intelligence mean for the future of our society?
We also discuss why I think ChatGPT is simultaneously overhyped and deeply unnerving, whether Joe Manchin’s policy obstructionism helped Democrats at the midterms, the death of the expanded child tax credit, why I’m more bullish than ever on eliminating the filibuster, whether Mitch McConnell is actually the strategic mastermind that liberals portray him as, why I’m skeptical of Twitter as a tool for social justice, whether the advent of social media has actually made our lives better in any measurable way and more. And we end with my New Year’s resolution practices and a whole bunch of music and children’s books recommendations.
Note: “The Ezra Klein Show” will be taking a break during the holidays, but we will be back with new episodes starting on Jan. 3, 2023.
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“The case against equality of opportunity” by Dylan Matthews
“The Senate Has Become a Dadaist Nightmare” by Ezra Klein
“The Time Tax” by Annie Lowrey
The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel
The Sabbath World by Judith Shulevitz
Children’s Book Recommendations:
Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
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