Why do I keep saying I'm not a genius like Ezra Klein? In 2003, when Ezra was a whopping 19 years old, he started a blog with Matt Singer, Ryan Davis, and Joe Raspars. The name of this blog was "Not Geniuses."
When I was 25, as Ezra is now, I certainly wanted to be taken seriously, and fortunately I wasn't. A 25 year-old simply hasn't been out to pasture long enough to write policy.
Ezra Klein, to me, is a poignant reminder that my generation has really not seen hardship at all. He reminds me that as my grandparents generation disappears, so too does a way of life where patience, saving, conservativism, and prudence ruled. Ezra Klein, blogging like he's important, reminds me that my generation has become accustomed to instant gratification. Blogging means you don't have to claw your way up any journalistic totem poles before you can write editorials every day. Blogging means you can eviscerate people who at your age were in the trenches of northern France with bullets whizzing over their heads.
The reason I mostly avoid politics on my blog, or at least minimize them, is because of "not geniuses" like Ezra Klein.