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Red State, Blue State, Light Meat, Dark Meat

November 26, 2004

As my students were packing to home for Thanksgiving, I asked them what effect "Post-Election Stress Syndrom" was going to have on their holidays. Only two expected any troubles.

Enforcing Nuclear Disarmament

November 11, 2004

EVER SINCE I was a student in the early 1950s, I have been told that world government is a dream of starry-eyed idealists. But a form of world government is coming into being, although not the one that Immanuel Kant, Bertrand Russell or the United World Federalists envisioned. It is not the vast web of rules and norms embodied by the United Nations and the European Union. It is not based on shared ideology, race or religion. And it is not a byproduct of the Wilsonian daydream of a world rapidly democratized by the application of American power.

Forming a Global Authority: A World Government Respond to Terrorism

November 01, 2004

Ever since I was a student in the early 1950s, I have been told that a world government is a dream of dewy-eyed idealists, a vision no serious perso

The American Slippage Towards Plutocracy

November 01, 2004

"The American Slippage Towards Plutocracy" Is Democracy in Danger? Phi Kappa Phi Forum (Winter 2004) pp. 26-29

We've got this war on terror so wrong

October 28, 2004

Recent months have seen desperate attempts by the Western nations to stop North Korea and Iran joining the nuclear club. These two nations remain on George Bush's Axis of Evil. 

What are we afraid of?

October 18, 2004

During a recent meeting at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, defense lawyers chided-well, other defense lawyers-for being unduly impressed with the science of DNA.

Der Außenpolitik fehlt Harte.

October 09, 2004

Politische Alleingange haben ausgedient. Doch konnen konzertirte Aktionen mehrerer Staaten die so entstandene Lucke fullen?

There are too few lawsuits, not too many

October 05, 2004

Expect to hear all about it during the debates tonight, when Vice President Dick Cheney meets former civil litigator Joen Edwards: Junk lawsuits are ruining America.

Think global, act global

September 11, 2004

Governments, it is often said, are too big to solve the small problems and too small to solve the big ones.

The Post Affluent Society

September 03, 2004

Discomfort about the overarching goal of capitalist economies, and the idea that achieving ever higher levels of consumption of products and services is a vacuous goal, has been with us since the onset of industrialization. This contribution looks at the phenomenon and foundations of voluntary simplicity. Its psychological implications and consequences for societies are discussed.

A diet that works for us all

August 24, 2004

The day starts with a ritual. Not prayer or meditation, but Mounting the Scale. 

Soldiers Need Clear Orders

August 16, 2004

Courts-martial of American soldiers accused of having tortured or killed Iraqis and Afghans continue. The solders often claim that they merely followed orders.

Israel's Security Barrier Could Use Tweaking, Not a Wrecking Ball

August 04, 2004

When the Israeli Supreme Court ruled in June that the country's security fence violated Palestinian rights and international law, Israel's many critics in the world cheered. 

A Real Second Chance

June 28, 2004

In New York, an employer can not refuse to employ an ex-con simply on the ground that he or she has a criminal record; the employer must show that there is a connection between the nature of the jo

A Sovereign' Iraq? Don't you believe it

June 23, 2004

President Bush has repeatedly said we will grant "full and complete sovereignty" to Iraq on June 30.