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.
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