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Anti-religious holiday messages are not humanistic

The American Humanist Association (AHA) and similar groups will soon be launching an anti-religion advertising blitz to coincide with the holiday season.

The AHA’s campaign will contrast violent and sexist passages from the Bible and Koran with quotes from non-believers like Albert Einstein and Katharine Hepburn. It differs from last year’s ...

This week’s articles of note

“Live by the movement, die by the movement,” The New Republic, by Sean Wilentz

“Inside the Gates Foundation,” Financial Times, by Gideon Rachman

“Let’s banish nudges and bans,” Huffington Post, by Alan Miller

“Dirty coal, clean future,” The Atlantic, by James Fallows

“My endless New York,” New York Times, by ...

G-20 in Seoul: real conflict, but not a return to the 1930s

Conferences like last week’s G-20 gathering usually produce bland communiques and not much change. But the Seoul summit took this to an extreme: it involved real conflict which the final statement could barely conceal.

As I recently described in spiked (here), the ostensible issue has to do with currencies and monetary ...

Take the A train

  One of my favorites. Duke and his orchestra, from Reveille with Beverly, a 1943 movie.

Katz: Why we need city-based manufacturing investment

This week’s articles of note

“Heartland headache,” National Journal, by Ronald Brownstein

“The myth of charter schools,” The New York Review of Books, by Diane Ravitch [review of the film Waiting for “Superman”]

“Liberal paternalism gets public and private the wrong way around,” Reuters, by Frank Furedi

“Conflict or cooperation? Three visions revisited,” Foreign ...

Buffalo: New York’s Midwest city

This video about Buffalo, produced by tourist and preservation groups, is quite impressive and reminded me of a few broader issues.

First, we often forget that New York State encompasses what we ...

A protest vote not a Republican revolution

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The real lesson of the US midterm elections was that voters have little faith in either party to solve America’s problems.

Read my spiked article in full here.

Trendy vs. real innovation

In the Financial Times on the weekend, Gillian Tett wrote about her attendance at a meeting called “Reboot America!”, organized by Daily Beast editor Tina Brown. The event was full of big names, among them economist Joseph Stiglitz, venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and regulator Sheila Bair. Tett reports that a major theme was ...

This week’s articles of note

“‘Stranger Danger’ and the decline of Halloween,” Wall Street Journal, by Lenore Skenazy

“Nudge the vote,” The New York Times Magazine, by Sasha Issenberg

“Obama and the mid-terms: how did it come to this?” The Economist

“Lunch with the FT: Bill Gates”, Financial Times, by Gideon Rachman

“Overdrive: who really ...

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