E. J. Dionne Jr. in The Washington Post on the campaign's moral hole The faithful who think abortion trumps the church's commitment to social justice should look at Nuns on the Bus, a group of nuns serving the poor. They're waging a campaign in Ohio against the Ryan budget because of its attack on the hungry. Their message to candidates: "Don’t be afraid of reminding voters that budgets and elections have moral consequences."
Bill Keller in The New York Times on end-of-life care Keller writes of a Liverpool hospital that brings practices of hospice care into a hospital setting so that people will have more choices in how they die, a standard practice in many countries but not in the U.S. "In America, nothing happens without a cost-benefit analysis. But the case for a less excruciating death can stand on a more neutral, less disturbing foundation, namely that it is simply a kinder way of death."
Mark Buchanan in Bloomberg View on social influence and the market The free market "only works if people aren’t biased or systematically disposed to making poor judgments," Buchanan writes. A study showed that when people are asked to guess about something they don't know about, they do worse when given access to others' estimates. "Rather than the 'wisdom of crowds,' we have the 'unwarranted confidence of crowds'."