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This week’s articles of note

“How the Tea Party organizes without leaders,” National Journal, by Jonathan Rauch “How Obama thinks,” Forbes, by Dinesh D’Souza “The slump goes on: why?” The New York Review of Books, by Paul Krugman and Robin Wells [Review of three books on the economic crisis] “The limits of science,” More Intelligent Life, by Anthony Gottlieb “Why […]

The Koran controversy: what was that all about?

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It was the profound jitteriness of Western society that allowed one cranky pastor from Florida with 50 followers to hold the whole world to ransom. Read my spiked article in full here.

The other guy is worse: neither Democrats nor Republicans offer a positive vision

John Harwood reports in today’s New York Times that the Democrats’ strategy going into the November mid-terms is likely to be a “Jujitsu Campaign”. Harwood writes that the Democrats will emphasize less what they could realistically expect to pass through congress, and emphasize more how the Republicans are reject any Democrat proposals for narrow party-political reasons.  He […]

This week’s articles of note

“What America has lost,” Newsweek, by Fareed Zakaria “Beware of Greeks bearing bonds,” Vanity Fair, by Michael Lewis “Why has he fallen short?” The New York Review of Books, by Frank Rich [Review of The Promise: President Obama, Year One, by Jonathan Alter] “The United States of inequality,” Slate, by Timothy Noah “Fidel: ‘Cuban model […]

The truth about unemployment

In today’s Washington Post, Steven Pearlstein – an astute business journalist – asks us to move away from the facile and noisy debate about tax cuts, stimulus or government takeover of the economy, and instead to focus on structural economic issues. Pearlstein gets right to the point: “The loss of eight million jobs reflects problems that […]

The general and the Koran-burning preacher

Is it just me, or are General David Petraeus’ warnings about the consequences that might flow from a Florida pastor’s plan to burn copies of the Koran utterly bizarre? Since when do generals in the field overseas feel obliged to respond to an oddball back home? And claim that the success of the war effort depends on […]

Let the kids walk to school!

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    The always-interesting (and funny) Lenore Skenazy has a superb opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal, in honor of the start to the school year. Skenazy cites a statistic that only about one in 10 kids walks to school today. Even kids that live within walking distance aren’t walking to school. And forget about biking to school too. […]

This week’s articles of note

“Progressives against progress,” City Journal, by Fred Siegel “Covert operations: the two billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama,” The New Yorker, by Jane Mayer “How the stimulus is changing America,” Time, by Michael Grunwald “Can preschoolers be depressed?” The New York Times Magazine, by Pamela Paul “Ideas of the century: Neurophilosophy,” The […]

Race to the Top: lasting damage in exchange for peanuts for a few

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that 10 states won education reform money in the second round of the administration’s “Race to the Top” contest. Now that nearly all the federal finance has been distributed, perhaps people will sit back and evaluate the competition in a more sober way. New York was one of the […]

Where is the Glenn Curtiss of today?

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  On the weekend I toured the Glenn Curtiss museum in Hammondsport, New York. Who was Glenn Curtiss, you ask? Well, I didn’t know either. But now I feel I should have known. Glenn Curtis was of the country’s aviation pioneers and a founder of the aircraft industry. Our history of flight is so focused […]

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