Welcome (Back) to governmentality!

By Allen McDuffee
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Good morning and welcome — or welcome back — to governmentality.

I say welcome back because this is something of a return. I originally launched governmentality in 2008, but as opportunities arose, I paused operations in 2010. Since then, I spent two years at The Washington Post, a year at Wired and a year at The Atlantic. Now, I’m working on a book about the power and influence of think tanks in Washington.

Still, I missed blogging from this angle and thought back-to-basics would be good. But I’ve learned some things over the years and the blog is on a new platform with a cleaner design, so maybe it’s more like governmentality 2.0. (Learn more about me and governmentality.)

Fundamentally, this is a blog about power and the many ways it plays out in politics, business, global affairs, culture, the economy and more. That could mean the pure power political plays of Washington, the high impact decisions made in boardrooms, the scores of money spent during elections cycles, or the strategies of military force directed by the Pentagon. But it could just as easily mean the more subtle power of ideas, dominant narratives and the business of data.

Each day, I’ll offer my take on questions of power, politics and ideas. I’ve also launched a weekly podcast by the same name and please sign up for the weekly newsletter filled with analysis exclusive to the newsletter.

Keep up with all these developments by following me on Twitter (@AllenMcDuffee) and Facebook.

And Feedback is great and appreciated, as are comments on individual posts — it will all make governmentality a better place.

The Rundown

1. Millions in Tax Dollars Went Into Low Cost Ventilators

But acquisitions and mergers left the “drop in the bucket” project on the cutting room floor, according to The New York Times.

2. Trump Is Creating His Own Deep State Inside the White House

The president has reportedly created a “Team of Rivals” atmosphere as a response to the coronavirus crisis. It’s creating chaos.

3. Social Distancing Has Become the Newest Front on the Culture War Front

Bipartisan consensus on how to personally respond to the coronavirus pandemic didn’t last long, McKay Coppins writes at The Atlantic.

4. NYT Gets the Inside Story on GM’s Race to Manufacture Ventilators

The first ventilators were set to ship in less than a month, but Trump said they were “wasting time.”

5. A Rough Conversation With One Coronavirus Contrarian Informing Trump

The New Yorker’s Isaac Chotiner goes after NYU law professor Richard Epstein in a Q&A. And it gets ugly. 

6. Democrats Are Fighting To Take Back Their Digital Edge

After two terms of dominating digital politics under Obama, they’re fighting to win back the terrain from Trump.