A Communitarian Perspective on Sex and Sexuality

July 01, 2005

Both religious and liberal secular thinking offer comprehensive approaches to considering the place of the sexual drive in our personal lives and communities. What has communitarian thinking to offer? How does it compare to these other bodies of thought, especially to religious ones?

Oversight is Crucial

June 20, 2005

Here we go again, jerking the steering wheel to the left after we oversteered to the right (in an effort to correct a left bias), vainly seeking a reasonable, middle road between the pull of public safety and that of individual rights. The events of 9/11 led Congress to enact the USA Patriot Act, granting enormous new powers to law enforcement agencies. Now, we are once more trying to correct the overcorrection with little hope of striking the right balance. (Just wait for the next terrorist attack to witness additional overreactions.)

The Fair Society

May 15, 2005

We must work together for a fair society: a society in which everyone is treated with full respect, recognizing that we are all God's children. A society in which no one--adult or child--is left behind. A place in which such moral commitments are truly honored rather than served up as hallow promises.

Beyond a Civil Society: a Good Society

May 15, 2005

“Beyond a Civil Society: a Good Society.” (Published in German as “Mehr als eine Zivilgesellschaft: eine gute Gesellschaft”) Zerreißt das soziale Band: Beiträge zu einer aktuellen geseschaftspoliti

Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty is obsolete

April 25, 2005

If you are a hard-working and busy attorney, as most are, you may have little interest in reading about international treaties-especially as you correctly sense that they often are breached rather than observed. However, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) does deserve your attention. The reason? The most significant threat to all you care about comes from terrorists who may well lay their hands on nuclear arms or materials from which they can be readily made.

End Game: What the elderly have earned.

April 01, 2005

In the mid-1980s, a senator invited me to join the board of a new lobby he was forming that would be called Americans for Generational Equity, or AGE.

Communal Considerations

April 01, 2005

The ownership society sufferers from an intolerance for complexities.

Beware the Public Diplomacy Disaster

February 25, 2005

The headlines from the Middle East these days are full of optimism.

Außenansicht: Gedenken als gemeinsame Aufgabe

January 24, 2005

In dieser Woche gedenken die Menschen weltweit der Befreiung der nationalsozialistischen Konzentrationslager vor 60 Jahren. Als einer, der selbst aus Nazi-Deutschland fliehen musste und während des Holocausts einen Großteil seiner Familie verloren hat, meine ich, dass die Zeit gekommen ist, sowohl zu gedenken, als auch nach vorne zu schauen.

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Response to Simon Prideaux’s ‘From Organisational Theory to the New Communitarianism of Amitai Etzioni

January 01, 2005

“Response to Simon Prideaux’s ‘From Organisational Theory to the New Communitarianism of Amitai Etzioni’.” Canadian Journal of Sociology. Vol. 30, No. 2 (2005) pp. 215-217.

Affective Bonds and Moral Norms: A Communitarian Approach to the Emerging Global Society

January 01, 2005

“Affective Bonds and Moral Norms: A Communitarian Approach to the Emerging Global Society.” International Politics and Society, ed. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. (Verlag J.H.W.

Genocide Prevention in the New Global Architecture

January 01, 2005

Where do future humanitarian interventions fit into the evolving post9/11 new global architecture? To answer this question I ask: what are the main features of this architecture? In what directions is it propelled? Could these expected developments accommodate more forthcoming and more effective humanitarian interventions than we have seen in the past?

A New World Order

January 01, 2005

“A New World Order,” Survival 47, No. 1 (2005), pp.186-187.
Anne-Marie Slaughter's new book is a good to read in these troubled times.

Who Are We?: The Challenges to America’s National Identity

January 01, 2005

“Who Are We?: The Challenges to America’s National Identity,” Contemporary Sociology 34, No. 5 (2005), pp. 477-485.
Examining the most recent book by Samuel Huntington, Who are we?: The Challenges to Americas' National Identity, raises a question that applies to similar publications, like The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life by Charles Murray: How should such books be reviewed?

Turkey Best Remain in the Middle East

December 01, 2004

One should not reject Turkey membership in the EU on the grounds that it is an unsuitable member for this community of free nations but rather because one recognizes that precisely because Turkey h