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Given my last name, I’ve long been concerned about the last socially accepted form of systematic institutionalized arbitrary discrimination in the United States: Alphabetism. Nobody ever made Matt Yglesias and Rachel Zabarkes sit in the back of the bus, but we sure as hell did have to stand at the end of the line at snack time in school (worse, later she got married and changed her name to Rachel Zabarkes Friedman and briefly worked at National Review). By the time they handed me my diploma at college graduation, practically everyone and their families has already scattered elsewhere. And of course if I co-author anything with anyone, my name goes last.

So I want to heartily endorse David Lake’s proposals for reform. Personally as a matter of principle I try to list people in reverse alphabetical order, but often find myself overruled in formal contexts.

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