in the Wilderness: Versus the age-old sirens of appeasement.
By Victor Davis Hanson at The National Review Online
Every day a Marine is killed, a French tanker blown up, Christians
butchered in Pakistan, tourists incinerated in Bali, terrorist cells broken
up from Oregon to New York — and our pundits demand proof that we are
at war. Why do the presidents critics press their attacks, the more
principled playing down the chances of future danger, the more disingenuous
engaging in character assassination and cheap psychoanalysis? In a word,
human nature. It is our way always to put aside distant threats of the
future to enjoy the tangible, but temporary, lull of the present.
Alarm: Why Liberals Should Support the War (10/10/02) new
By Jonathan Chait at The New Republic Online
It is perhaps telling that the case for war with Iraq was most clearly
made not by Republican President George W. Bush but by Democratic President
Bill Clinton. Predators of the twenty-first century, Clinton
warned, speaking four and a half years ago, will be all the more
lethal if we allow them to build arsenals of nuclear, chemical, and biological
weapons and the missiles to deliver them.... There is no more clear example
of this threat than Saddam Husseins Iraq. And if the world
were to allow Saddam to continue to construct his terrible weapons? Well,
he will conclude that the international community has lost its will,
Clinton declared. He will then conclude that he can go right on
and do more to rebuild an arsenal of devastating destruction. And some
day, some way, I guarantee you, hell use the arsenal.
War: How Saddam Manipulates the U.S. Media (10/17/02) new
By Franklin Foer at The New Republic Online
Like their Soviet-bloc predecessors, the Iraqis have become masters
of the Orwellian pantomime the state-orchestrated anti-American
rally, the state-led tours of alleged chemical weapons sites that turn
out to be baby milk factories that promotes their distorted reality.
And the Iraqi regime has found an audience for these displays in an unlikely
place: the U.S. media. Its not because American reporters have an
ideological sympathy for Saddam Hussein; broadcasting his propaganda is
simply the only way they can continue to work in Iraq. Theres
a quid pro quo for being there, says Peter Arnett, who worked the
Iraq beat for CNN for a decade. You go in and they control what
you do.... So you have no option other than to report the opinion of the
government of Iraq. In other words, the Western medias presence
in the Ministry of Information describes more than just a physical reality.
No to War on Iraq (10/17/02) new
By Josh Feit in The Stranger
Theres a much more logical and honest (and urgent) way to
proceed against terrorism. Lets promote democratic reforms in the
real linchpins of the region: Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Saudi Arabia,
and Iran. And Im not talking about Radio Free Europe broadcasts
an imprecise, hit or miss Cold War tactic waged against our enemies.
Im talking about a direct American campaign for democracy (and womens
rights!) in the Middle East aimed at our suspect allies. In short, we
have more than radio waves to influence the likes of Cairo and Riyadh.
Weve got dollars, business investments, and political relationships.
Lets get tough, and demand changes from our friends; demands backed
with the threat of pulling our support.
Yes to War on Iraq (10/17/02) new
By Dan Savage in The Stranger
You see, lefties, there are times when saying no to
war means saying yes to oppression. Dont believe me?
Go ask a Czech or a European Jew about the British and French saying no
to war with Germany in 1938. War may be bad for children and other living
things, but there are times when peace is worse for children and other
living things, and this is one of those times. Saying no to war in Iraq
means saying yes to the continued oppression of the Iraqi people. It amazes
me when I hear lefties argue that we should assassinate Saddam in order
to avoid war. If Saddam is assassinated, he will be replaced by another
Baathist dictator and what then for the people of Iraq? More peace
i.e., more oppression, more executions, more gassings, more terror,
want to kill us all (10/19/02) new
By Mark Steyn in The Spectator
An appeaser, said Churchill, feeds the crocodile in the hope that
it will eat him last. But sometimes the croc eats him first anyway. For
months, the US, Britain and Canada had warned the Indonesian government
about terrorists operating within its borders. So had Singapore and Malaysia.
President Megawati’s administration responded by calling Washington anti-Muslim.
The American ambassador was publicly denounced by her vice-president.
Hassan Wirayuda, the foreign minister, said in February that the outside
world’s fears of Islamic terrorism in Indonesia were overblown and that
in Jakarta ‘we laugh at it’. Ha-ha. From government contacts to police
indifference, the administration’s strategy was to deny the crocodile
existed and then quietly slip him the à la carte menu. Now, Indonesian
stocks are down, the rupiah’s in the toilet, the national carrier’s flying
empty, and the official tourism websites have switched to continuously
updated info on dead tourists, safe in the knowledge that they’re unlikely
to be getting any new bookings from live ones.
blame the west (10/16/02) new
By Clive James in The Guardian
But let us allow, for the moment, that the mass outcry against American
hegemony is the voice of the true, the eternal and the compassionate left.
Allowing that, we can put the best possible construction on its pervasiveness.
Not just the majority of the intellectuals, academics and schoolteachers,
but most of the face-workers in the media, share the view that international
terrorism is to be explained by the vices of the liberal democracies.
Or, at any rate, they shared it until a few days ago. It will be interesting,
in the shattering light of an explosive event, to see if that easy view
continues now to be quite so widespread, and how much room is made for
the more awkward view that the true instigation for terrorism might not
be the vices of the liberal democracies, but their virtues.
Long, Fellow Travelers: Is That All Thats Left? (10/20/02)
By Christopher Hitchens in The Washington Post
As someone who has done a good deal of marching and public speaking
about Vietnam, Chile, South Africa, Palestine and East Timor in his time
(and would do it all again), I can only hint at how much I despise a Left
that thinks of Osama bin Laden as a slightly misguided anti-imperialist.
(He actually says he wants to restore the old imperial caliphate and has
condemned the Australian-led international rescue of East Timor as a Christian
plot against Muslim Indonesia). Or a Left that can think of Milosevic
and Saddam as victims.
U.S. President Jimmy Carter wins Nobel Peace Prize (10/11/02)
In The San Francisco Chronicle by Doug Mellgren of
The Associated Press
Former President Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for
his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international
conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights. .... It
should be interpreted as a criticism of the line that the current administration
has taken, Gunnar Berge, chairman of the Nobel committee, said.
Its a kick in the leg to all that follow the same line as
the United States.
He Goes Again: Jimmy Carter, our model ex-president.
By Jay Nordlinger in The National Review
Carter is immensely proud of his rendezvous with Middle East history,
and he trades on it constantly. No one should assume, however, that hes
an honest broker — at least anymore. For the past many years, he has been
passionately anti-Israel, more or less embracing the PLO line. He has
repeatedly been at the service of Yasser Arafat. After the Gulf War, the
PLO chief was on the outs with Saudi Arabia, because he had backed Saddam
Hussein. So he asked Carter to fly to Riyadh to smooth things over and
restore Saudi funding to him — which he did. Arabs are also robust funders
of the Carter Center, the ex-presidents redoubt and vehicle in Atlanta.
Jimmy Carter, our model ex-president. (10/11/02)
By Jay Nordlinger in The National Review
The ex-president is known as Joe Human Rights, but he’s mighty selective
about whose human rights to champion. If you live in Marcos’s Philippines,
Pinochet’s Chile, or apartheid South Africa, he’s liable to care about
you. If you live in Communist China, Communist Cuba, Communist Ethiopia,
Communist Nicaragua, Communist North Korea, Communist...: screw you.
Belafonte Slams Colin Powell as Race Sellout (10/08/02)
At The Drudge Report by Matt Drudge
Singer Harry Belafonte took to the AM radiowaves on Tuesday morning
to slam Secretary of State Colin Powell as a sellout to the black race!
Belafonte, appearing on San Diegos 760 KFMB, told host Ted Leitner
that Powell was like a plantation slave who moves into the slave owners
house and only says what his master wants him to say.
Belafontes Havana Farewell (07/18/00)
By Ronald Radosh at FrontPage Magazine
Most American admirers of Harry Belafonte probably dont realize
that the popular singer and actor is an unreconstructed Stalinist....
In an interview he gave in 1995, Belafonte claimed that racism has
sucked up my entire life, and that as a result, he decided never
to accept an indignity where I might find one. Some might
view genuflecting before Castro in the year 2000 as an ultimate indignity
but to Harry Belafonte, the illusion dies hard. What will be left,
I wonder, when the Cuban people finally are free of the longest surviving
dictator in the world and his grotesque socialist prison? The banana boat
is coming, Harry, and it wont be long.
Letter to Senate on Baghdads Intentions (10/07/02)
In The New York Times
¶Since Operation Enduring Freedom, we have solid evidence of the
presence in Iraq of Al Qaeda members, including some that have been in
Baghdad. ¶We have credible reporting that Al Qaeda leaders sought contacts
in Iraq who could help them acquire W.M.D. capabilities. The reporting
also stated that Iraq has provided training to Al Qaeda members in the
areas of poisons and gases and making conventional bombs. ¶Iraqs
increasing support to extremist Palestinians coupled with growing indications
of relationship with Al Qaeda. suggest that Baghdads links to terrorists
will increase, even absent U.S. military action.
killing the children of Iraq? (10/08/02)
By Margaret Wente in The Globe and Mail
Of all the reasons to oppose a war against Iraq, one of the most
compelling is the image of innocent civilian victims. Children will die
if only because Saddam Hussein wont hesitate to build orphanages
atop his weapons labs. And of all the accusations hurled against the West
in its treatment of Iraq, the most damning is the human cost of sanctions.
According to many peace groups, humanitarian organizations and politicians,
sanctions have killed 500,000 Iraqi children. The total death toll from
sanctions amounts to a million and a half innocent people. Are these figures
credible? Only if you believe Saddam Hussein.
Iraq Resolution (10/10/02)
In The Washington Times by The Associated Press
The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United
States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to –
(1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing
threat posed by Iraq; and (2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security
Council resolutions regarding Iraq.
just war? (10/06/02)
By Jean Bethke Elshtain in The Boston Globe
Several weeks ago, 100 teachers of Christian ethics, both pacifists
and those working within the just war tradition, signed a petition declaring,
in its entirety: As Christian ethicists, we share a common moral
presumption against a pre-emptive war on Iraq by the United States.
Although I am an ethicist and a Christian, I was not among the signatories,
for two reasons. First, the statement is vague and, therefore, evasive.
Within the just war tradition, there is a common moral presumption for
justice as well as a recognition that all war is terrible. But there are
times when justice demands the use of force as a response to violence,
hatred, and injustice.
beat man to brain death, police say: Nearly 20 suspected of taking part, one just 10 years old (10/01/02)
In The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel by Leah Thorsen
A mob of nearly 20 kids beat a man brain dead Sunday night after
he confronted them for throwing an egg at him and punched one teen in
the mouth, police said. Eight suspects, at least one as young as 10, were
in custody Tuesday, police said. The victim, Charlie Young Jr., 36, remained
on life support. Police said the group chased Young onto the porch of
a house at 2021 N. 21st Lane and used bats, shovels and boards to pummel
him in an attack that left blood splattered floor to ceiling.
reacts with disbelief, outrage: Police, politicians, neighborhood groups
condemn beating (10/01/02)
In The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel by Leonard Sykes Jr.
As police continued their investigation Tuesday into the mob beating
that left Charlie Young Jr. dead, reaction throughout the city ranged
from shock and disbelief to outrage. From community centers, schools and
City Hall, police, politicians and neighborhood groups condemned the brutal
beating as they wrestled with what if anything can be done
to prevent similar incidents in the future.
response to egging prompted beating, boys say: Youths tell police they
were angry at Youngs overreaction (10/02/02)
In The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel by Jamaal Abdul-Alim
Based on detailed statements police say some of the boys gave, none
of the boys had any problem with Young, 36, and they were hanging out
with him at a house on W. Brown St. for at least part of Sunday evening.
But around 10 p.m., one of them a 13-year-old nicknamed Bump
objected to how Young intruded on a game of insults between Bump
and his girlfriend and started ribbing on everybody. Thats
when Bump threw an egg that might as well have been a bombshell.
held in beating death: Only one is adult; more suspects sought; murder
charges expected (10/02/02)
In The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel by Jamaal Abdul-Alim
and Jessica McBride
Among those prosecutors expect to charge with murder in adult court
is a 10-year-old boy, who could be the youngest person ever prosecuted
as an adult in Wisconsin. Milwaukee Police Chief Arthur Jones said eight
of those in custody have confessed to their roles in the beating death
of Charlie Young Jr., who died Tuesday evening at Wauwatosa's Froedtert
Memorial Lutheran Hospital after being attacked Sunday by about 20 boys
and young men.
boys charged as adults in beating: 10-year-old kept in Childrens
Court; other juveniles expected to be charged (10/02/02)
In The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel by Jessica McBride,
Jamaal Abdul-Alim, and Tom Held
Prosecutors charged seven youths as adults with first-degree reckless
homicide Thursday in a savage mob beating, but they spared the youngest,
a 10-year-old, from adult court and a possible 40-year prison term. The
10-year-old was charged with second-degree reckless homicide in Childrens
Court, where he now could face a two-year sentence at a juvenile prison,
a sentence that could be extended only until he is 18. At least three
more teens in custody are expected to be charged next week, and police
are looking for more suspects.
gangs and broken homes play large part in boys lives
In The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel by Gina Barton
The 10-year-old who told police he helped beat Charlie Young Jr.
to death has been smoking marijuana since summer, his half sister says.
A 14-year-old being held in the case already is the father of a baby girl.
He was arrested on a burglary charge when he was 8 or 9.
to revisit brutal slayings as testimony begins (10/07/02)
In The Washington Times by Valerie Richardson
The brothers, 24-year-old Reginald and 22-year-old Jonathan, face
113 criminal counts, notably kidnapping, rape, robbery and five murders,
in connection with a crime spree from Dec. 7 to Dec. 15, 2000, that terrorized
Wichita and much of Kansas. If convicted, they could receive the death
penalty.... The Carr brothers are black, and each of the five victims
was white. At the time of their arrest, Sedgwick County District Attorney
Nola Foulston refused to charge them with hate crimes, explaining that
the main motive was robbery, and that Kansas did not have a hate-crimes
Al Qaedas Training Camps: What theyre ready for.
By Bryan Preston at The National Review Online
Al Qaeda, the notorious terrorist gang responsible for killing 3,025
innocents a year ago, is still alive and planning future atrocities. Though
last falls military campaign robbed the group of its terrorist training
bases in Afghanistan, and possibly of its leader, Osama bin Laden, there
is every reason to believe that al Qaeda is still trying to train its
troops in weapons use, tactics, and hostage-taking at bases weve
yet to find and destroy. And as recent developments in upstate New York
make clear, al Qaeda probably already has scores of sleeper troops inside
the U.S. and around Europe — troops already trained, and awaiting their
Bigotry of Jihad (10/02/02)
By John Perazzo at FrontPage Magazine
Liberals in academia and the media largely refuse to acknowledge
the prejudice that animates anti-Israeli and anti-American sentiment in
much of the Arab world today. Rather than identify it as raw, unadulterated
bigotry, they posit all sorts of rational explanations for
Muslim antipathy toward other groups.... Rarely is it suggested that Islamic
extremists might just be plain, old-fashioned bigots — not unlike the
white American bigots who killed James Byrd four years ago.
By George Will in The Washington Post
Not since Jane Fonda posed for photographers at a Hanoi antiaircraft
gun has there been anything like Rep. Jim McDermott, speaking to ABCs
This Week from Baghdad, saying Americans should take Saddam
Hussein at his word but should not take President Bush at his. McDermott,
in his seventh term representing Seattle, said Iraqi officials promised
him and his traveling companion, Rep. David E. Bonior, a 13-term Michigan
Democrat, that weapons inspectors would be allowed to look anywhere.
accuses Bush of plotting to be emperor (10/07/02)
In The Seattle Times by David Postman
U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott broadened his attack on George W. Bushs
war plans yesterday, saying the president is threatening military action
in Iraq as part of a plot to crown himself emperor of America. Criticized
for saying on a trip to Iraq early last week that Bush would mislead the
American public, McDermott, a Seattle Democrat, was back in his district
yesterday telling cheering supporters that Bush is planning a war to distract
voters attention from domestic problems.
By Peter Beinard at The New Republic
Whatever you think of the Bushies, September 11, 2001, changed their
view of the world. And it is that changed view that has brought America
to the brink of war. The left can call that new outlook reckless or arrogant
or dumb. But they should at least admit that its sincere.
Full of Hypocrisy: Labour forgot Clintons notorious foreign policy
By Christopher Hitchens in The Mirror
Imagine if, during the Clinton presidency, ex-presidents Reagan
or Bush had addressed the Tory Party conference, cast doubt upon the legitimacy
of Clintons election, trashed his domestic and foreign policy and
offered him lukewarm support at a time of crisis. It never happened, because
there is a tradition it should not, but in breaking with ex-presidential
etiquette Clinton, wholl do anything for an audience, met an audience
that would apparently do anything for him.
up or shut up (10/05/02)
By Mark Steyn in The Spectator
Structurally, the UN is a creature of the Cold War. It formalised
the stalemate of East and West: it was designed to prevent rather than
enable action; it tended towards inertia, which was no bad thing given
the potentially catastrophic consequences of the alternative. But we no
longer have a bipolar world, and so the vetoes only work one way — to
restrain the sole surviving superpower. England’s clergy have redefined
the Christian concept of a just war to mean only one blessed by the Security
Council, which is to say the governments of France, Russia and China:
it will be left to two atheists and a lapsed Catholic to determine whether
this is a war Christians can support.
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Role of Government in Education (1955)
By Milton Friedman in Economics and the Public Interest
This re-examination of the role of government in education suggests
that the growth of governmental responsibility in this area has been unbalanced.
Government has appropriately financed general education for citizenship,
but in the process it has been led also to administer most of the schools
that provide such education. Yet, as we have seen, the administration
of schools is neither required by the financing of education, nor justifiable
in its own right in a predominantly free enterprise society. Government
has appropriately been concerned with widening the opportunity of young
men and women to get professional and technical training, but it has sought
to further this objective by the inappropriate means of subsidizing such
education, largely in the form of making it available free or at a low
price at governmentally operated schools. The lack of balance in governmental
activity reflects primarily the failure to separate sharply the question
what activities it is appropriate for government to finance from
the question what activities it is appropriate for government to administer
a distinction that is important in other areas of government activity
as well. Because the financing of general education by government is widely
accepted, the provision of general education directly by govern mental
bodies has also been accepted. But institutions that provide general education
are especially well suited also to provide some kinds of vocational and
professional education, so the acceptance of direct government provision
of general education has led to the direct provision of vocational education.
To complete the circle, the provision of vocational education has, in
turn, meant that it too was financed by government, since financing has
been predominantly of educational institutions not of particular kinds
of educational services.
to Graduates About Advice (06/06/1971)
By Edward C. Banfield at Claremont McKenna College
Figures of speech, especially metaphors, are peculiarly serviceable
to people who give advice about social problems. The use of them tends
to create an emotional response in the listener that enhances the urgency
of the problem thus raising the value of the putative solution
that the advice-giver offers. I sometimes wonder if we could have an urban
crisis without a good supply of metaphors. Suppose that a writer
could not speak of decaying neighborhoods but instead had
to say what he meant straight out say that the well-off have moved
away from aging unfashionable neighborhoods, that this has given the less
well-off opportunities to move into housing better than they formerly
had, and that they, for obvious reasons, are in most instances disposed
to spend less on the repair and maintenance of houses than the former
occupiers were. Or suppose that a United States Senator instead of saying,
as one recently did, that the cities are mortally sick and getting
sicker and that the states are in a state of chronic crisis
had to speak plainly in this instance, perhaps, to say that although
in the last decade the cities and states have increased their revenues
by a factor of three, there are nevertheless many voters who would like
to have more spent, provided of course that the taxes are paid mainly
End of History? (Summer 1989)
By Francis Fukuyama in The National Interest
The triumph of the West, of the Western idea, is evident first of
all in the total exhaustion of viable systematic alternatives to Western
liberalism. In the past decade, there have been unmistakable changes in
the intellectual climate of the worlds two largest communist countries,
and the beginnings of significant reform movements in both. But this phenomenon
extends beyond high politics and it can be seen also in the ineluctable
spread of consumerist Western culture in such diverse contexts as the
peasants markets and color television sets now omnipresent throughout
China, the cooperative restaurants and clothing stores opened in the past
year in Moscow, the Beethoven piped into Japanese department stores, and
the rock music enjoyed alike in Prague, Rangoon, and Tehran. What we may
be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a
particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such:
that is, the end point of mankinds ideological evolution and the
universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human
government. This is not to say that there will no longer be events to
fill the pages of Foreign Affairss yearly summaries
of international relations, for the victory of liberalism has occurred
primarily in the realm of ideas or consciousness and is as yet incomplete
in the real or material world. But there are powerful reasons for believing
that it is the ideal that will govern the material world in the long run.
Explosion of Green (Apr. 1995)
By Bill McKibben in The Atlantic
In the early nineteenth century the cleric Timothy Dwight reported
that the 240-mile journey from Boston to New York City passed through
no more than twenty miles of forest. Surveying the changes wrought by
farmers and loggers in New Hampshire, he wrote, The forests are
not only cut down, but there appears little reason to hope that they will
ever grow again. Less than two centuries later, despite great increases
in the states population, 90 percent of New Hampshire is covered
by forest. Vermont was 35 percent woods in 1850 and is 80 percent today,
and even Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island have seen woodlands
rebound to the point where they cover nearly three fifths of southern
New England. This process, which began as farmers abandoned the cold and
rocky pastures of the East for the fertile fields of the Midwest, has
not yet run its course.... This unintentional and mostly unnoticed renewal
of the rural and mountainous East not the spotted owl, not the
salvation of Alaskas pristine ranges represents the great
environmental story of the United States, and in some ways of the whole
world. Here, where suburb and megalopolis were
added to the worlds vocabulary, an explosion of green is under way,
one that could offer hope to much of the rest of the planet.
Doomslayer (Feb. 1997)
By Ed Regis in Wired
The world is getting progressively poorer, and its all because
of population, or more precisely, overpopulation. Theres
a finite store of resources on our pale blue dot, spaceship Earth, our
small and fragile tiny planet, and were fast approaching its ultimate
carrying capacity. The limits to growth are finally upon us, and were
living on borrowed time. The laws of population growth are inexorable.
Unless we act decisively, the final result is written in stone: mass poverty,
famine, starvation, and death. Time is short, and we have to act now.
Thats the standard and canonical litany.... Theres just one
problem with The Litany, just one slight little wee imperfection: every
item in that dim and dreary recitation, each and every last claim, is
false.... Thus saith The Doomslayer, one Julian
L. Simon, a neither shy nor retiring nor particularly mild-mannered
professor of business administration at a middling eastern-seaboard state
university. Simon paints a somewhat different picture of the human condition
circa 1997. Our species is better off in just about every measurable
material way, he says. Just about every important long-run
measure of human material welfare shows improvement over the decades and
centuries, in the United States and the rest of the world. Raw materials
all of them have become less scarce rather than more. The
air in the US and in other rich countries is irrefutably safer to breathe.
Water cleanliness has improved. The environment is increasingly healthy,
with every prospect that this trend will continue.
A brilliant parody:
the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity
By Alan Sokal in Social Text
There are many natural scientists, and especially physicists, who
continue to reject the notion that the disciplines concerned with social
and cultural criticism can have anything to contribute, except perhaps
peripherally, to their research. Still less are they receptive to the
idea that the very foundations of their worldview must be revised or rebuilt
in the light of such criticism. Rather, they cling to the dogma imposed
by the long post-Enlightenment hegemony over the Western intellectual
outlook, which can be summarized briefly as follows: that there exists
an external world, whose properties are independent of any individual
human being and indeed of humanity as a whole; that these properties are
encoded in eternal physical laws; and that human beings can
obtain reliable, albeit imperfect and tentative, knowledge of these laws
by hewing to the objective procedures and epistemological
strictures prescribed by the (so-called) scientific method.
... and, in explanation, ...
Physicist Experiments with Cultural Studies (May/June 1996)
By Alan Sokal in Lingua Franca
For some years Ive been troubled by an apparent decline in
the standards of rigor in certain precincts of the academic humanities.
But Im a mere physicist: If I find myself unable to make heads or
tails of jouissance and differance, perhaps that just reflects
my own inadequacy. So, to test the prevailing intellectual standards,
I decided to try a modest (though admittedly uncontrolled) experiment:
Would a leading North American journal of cultural studies whose
editorial collective includes such luminaries as Fredric Jameson and Andrew
Ross publish an article liberally salted with nonsense if (a) it
sounded good and (b) it flattered the editors ideological preconceptions?
The answer, unfortunately, is yes.... Whats going on here? Could
the editors really not have realized that my article was written as a
Need a Reality Check: A firsthand account of liberal bias at CBS News.
By Bernard Goldbert in The Wall Street Journal
There are lots of reasons fewer people are watching network news,
and one of them, Im more convinced than ever, is that our viewers
simply dont trust us. And for good reason. The old argument that
the networks and other media elites have a liberal bias is
so blatantly true that its hardly worth discussing anymore. No,
we dont sit around in dark corners and plan strategies on how were
going to slant the news. We dont have to. It comes naturally to
is No Time, There Will Be Time (11/18/1998)
By Peggy Noonan in Forbes ASAP
When you consider who is gifted and crazed with rage... when you
think of the terrorist places and the terrorist countries... who do they
hate most? The Great Satan, the United States. What is its most important
place? Some would say Washington. I would say the great city of the United
States is the great city of the world, the dense 10-mile-long island called
Manhattan, where the economic and media power of the nation resides, the
city that is the psychological center of our modernity, our hedonism,
our creativity, our hard-shouldered hipness, our unthinking arrogance.