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Gulf oil spill: don’t run away from risks

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The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico from the accident on the BP-owned drilling rig known as Deepwater Horizon occurred almost three weeks ago, and it has incurred a terrible toll. Eleven died, hundreds have had their economic livelihoods disrupted, and there is significant damage to the environment.

BP, assisted ...

This week’s articles of note

“Neurocriticism and neurocapitalism,” PopMatters, by Rob Horning

“Give it a rest, genius: what the new success books don’t tell you about achievement,” Slate, by Ann Hulbert

“Interview with Louis Menand,” Big Think

“Weighing the benefits and costs of offshore drilling,” Reason, by Ronald Bailey

“Curbing risk on Wall Street,” National Affairs, ...

Essay on capitalism

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In the run-up to the UK General Election, spiked has been publishing a series of essays reposing political issues. The aim of the “Question Everything” essays is to encourage people to rethink the past, the present and the ...

Debate over charter schools gets going

It looks like the debate over charter schools is picking up. Last Sunday, the New York Times published a front-page feature on charter schools. It is the first major article I can think of that was critical of charter schools.

The article noted that the charter school “movement” has the ...

Times Square and the resilient response to terrorism

All the buzz in New York today is about the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, who is accused of attempting to set off a car bomb in Times Square.

Before Shahzad’s arrest was announced, James Fallows wrote an interesting piece in The Atlantic on the Times Square bomb threat. Fallows says ...

Don’t boycott Arizona!

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In response to the Arizona immigration law introduced about 10 days ago, various pro-immigration groups condemned Arizonans for being bigots, and have called for a boycott of the state. But name-calling and boycotting are the wrong ways to oppose Arizona’s law, and will only make matters worse. 

I say this as someone ...

The Tea Party? Get over it already

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In their discussion of the Tea Party as “delirious” and “unhinged”, liberals like Bill Clinton are exposing their own snobbery.

Read my spiked article in full here.

This week’s articles of note

“Hardly existential: thinking rationally about terrorism,” Foreign Affairs, by John Mueller and Mark G. Stewart

“Risk: the story of America’s greatest idea,” Slate, by John Dickerson 

“The revenge of the brands”, (Review of No Logo: 10th Anniversary Edition, by Naomi Klein), Reason, by Andrew Potter

“Cisco’s big bet on ...

Alisa Weilerstein: Bach Cello Suite

Here’s some music for a Friday: Alisa Weilerstein performing Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3, Prelude (courtesy of WQXR and John Schaefer’s Soundcheck program on WNYC).

Ms. ...

America’s first offshore windfarm gains approval

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar yesterday gave the go-ahead to the country’s first offshore windfarm, off the coast of Cape Cod.

The expansion of alternative energy sources, such as wind power, should be welcomed. The Cape Wind farm, as the Nantucket Sound project is known, has been under review and debated for the past ...

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