Why it's worth riffing on fast-moving events.

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James Fallows reminds me in this post of something in the preamble of his piece on Libya. He says: "I am in the middle of other things here in China and am not a Libya expert. But this is a moment when people in any form of public life (ie, including the commentariat) are supposed to be counted rather than clamming up and waiting to see how things turn out." I get irritated when people pop off about the latest news without having done any reporting but Fallows reminds that it's good to have people asking questions and waving their arms early even when the facts aren't in. The questions keep a bad idea from getting worse.

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