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The Common Good and Rights: A Neo-Communitarian Approach

February 01, 2009

The moral value of human rights and liberty is so central to scholars, activists, and citizens in the West that they are taken as more or less self-evident truths. This essay shares this assumption. However, it asks: Do human right and liberty provide a sufficient moral foundation for a good society?

Adaptation or Paradigm Shift

January 14, 2009

Even scholars who have no interest in economics may find the debate about behavioral economics of great interest because it points to a major meta-theoretical, empirical, and normative divide in th

A New Social Movement?

January 01, 2009

The idea that achieving ever-higher levels of consumption of products and services is a vacuous goal has been with us from the onset of industrialization. These ideas often have taken the form of comparing the attractive life of the much poorer, pre-industrial artisan to that of the more endowed industrial assembly-line worker.

Minorities and the National Ethos

January 01, 2009

This essay focuses on the question of how to curb the tension betwee the rights of members of minorities and the particularistic values of the national community. 

EU: Closing the Community Deficit

December 01, 2008

The main challenge currently facing the EU is a community deficit: the low valuation the majority of its citizens accord the evolving collectivity. The EU is challenged by the mismatch between its increasing supranational decision-making and the strong loyalties of its citizens to their respective nations states.

The Communitarian Constitution by Beau Breslin

November 01, 2008

“The Communitarian Constitution by Beau Breslin,” Perspectives on Political Science 37, No. 1 (Winter 2008), pp. 60-61.

Unfortunately, the failed policies with which The Case for Democracy is associated will likely lead many to avoid this rich, interesting, and well-developed work.

A National Security Strategy for the Next Administration

October 14, 2008

A July 2008 report laying out a "Framework for a 21st Century National Security Strategy," composed by a group of highly regarded foreign policy mavens, lifts the dialogue about post-Bush foreign p

A Global, Community Building Language?

August 01, 2008

Although long championed, a global language has not come to fruition despite considerable efforts. Many fear that such a language would undermine the particularistic, identity-constituting primary languages of local and national communities.

Weniger ist mehr

July 28, 2008

Weil die Sicherheit des Westens auch am Hindukusch verteidigt wird, fehlt es gerade in Deutschland nicht an Appellen, Afghanistan mit nock mehr Geld wirtschaftlich und sozial auf die Beine zu helfe

Lost in too many translations

July 17, 2008

The European Council should revisit its call for schools to teach "at least two foreign languages from a very early age." 

Meeste moslims behoren tot gematigden

June 28, 2008

Het conflict bij het Turkse constitutionele hof gaat over het verbod op de Partij voor gerechtigheid en ontwikkeling (AKP). Tot de leden van de partij behoren de president, de premier, alle kabinetsleden en 341 parlementsleden

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Una lingua globale che genera un senso di comunità

May 14, 2008

I vantaggi di una lingua globale sono stati riconosciuti nel corso di differenti epoche. 

Moral Dimensions of Educational Decisions

May 01, 2008

There is a widely held notion that public schools should not teach values. 

For the good of all its people, Israel must pursue diversity

April 30, 2008

To ask ‘Should Israel be a Jewish State?’ is like asking if the Pope must be a Catholic.

Religion and Social Order

April 01, 2008

What do Russia, China, Afghanistan, and Iraq have in common?