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“False pretense for war in Libya?” The Boston Globe, by Alan J. Kuperman “This tech bubble is different,” Bloomberg Businessweek, by Ashlee Vance “The management myth,” The Atlantic, by Matthew Stewart “In praise of Marx,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Terry Eagleton “Twin lessons: Have more kids. Pay less attention to them,” The Wall […]

Distracted driving: another attempt to use kids to police adults

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Jane Brody in the New York Times writes about “distracted driving” – that is, undertaking activities in the car such as re-programming your GPS, searching for a particular CD, putting on make-up or shaving, and so on.  The article mentioned a new campaign set up by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association called […]

US budget showdown: the politics of pantomime

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For all the attempts to talk up the budget clash as a great historical drama, in truth it revealed the pathetic state of American politics. Read my spiked article in full here.

This week’s articles of note

“Good, bad or none of our business,” The Australian, by Frank Furedi “Beyond the welfare state,” National Affairs, by Yuval Levin “Reclaiming the politics of freedom,” The Nation, by Corey Robin “Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%,” Vanity Fair, by Joseph E. Stiglitz “‘The birth of a classic,'” The New York Review […]

A wage-less recovery

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Workers’ wages are stagnating in the US, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Average hourly earnings showed no growth in March for the fourth time in five months. David Rosenberg, chief economist at Gluskin Sheff, says the 1 percent growth during that period is the weakest in 25 years. Rosenberg says the […]

The problem with “immaculate intervention”

George Friedman, chief executive of STRATFOR, the geopolitical intelligence company, highlights the illogic of humanitarian wars in an article for Real Clear World. Friedman notes how defenders of humanitarian wars claim to be neutral, but they are not: The doctrine [of humanitarian war] becomes less coherent in a civil war in which one side is winning and […]

This week’s articles of note

“U.S. military not happy over Libya,” The Daily Beast, by Leslie H. Gelb “On Libya’s revolutionary road,” The New York Times Magazine, by Robert F. Worth “What is Samantha Power thinking?” National Review, by Matthew Shaffer “More profits, fewer jobs,” Slate, by Annie Lowrey “Moving while black,” The New Republic, by John McWhorter “Steroids, baseball, […]

Reason versus emotion? It’s a false dichotomy

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With its elevation of intuition over reason and the unconscious mind over rational thought, David Brooks’ new book is an explicit attack on Enlightenment values. It’s time we defended rationalism and passion. Read my review of The Social Animal, in the spiked review of books, here.

Libya: moral blackmail trumps political debate

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In his address to the nation, Obama cynically elevated the moral imperative over ‘nasty’ political criticisms. Read my spiked article in full here.

On Obama’s Libya speech: moral blackmail doesn’t trump politics

President Obama’s address to the nation on Libya last night was lengthy, but it did not really put to rest the many questions that have been raised about the military intervention in that country. We are still not clear about the mission and the endgame, why Congress was not allowed to vote on it, and […]

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