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.

Permissible Limits

May 17, 2004

Using the rhetorical overkill that is an integral part of the American judicial system, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently filed a class action in the the U.S.

It’s Not Just a Driver’s License Anymore

May 16, 2004

Every time a Transportation Security Administration, (TSA) agent closely examines my driver’s license, I have a hard time not making one of those wisecracks that gets you into trouble. The reason? I know that driver’s licenses as a means of identification are a joke. Fake ones can still be ordered on the Internet or
purchased for about $60 in many cities, and real ones can be obtained fraudulently.

A Communitarian Position for Civil Unions

May 14, 2004

Professor Shanley's argument is compelling, powerful, and well grounded in communitarian arguments. However, when all is said and done she does not directly address the question of whether gay and lesbian unions should be accorded the same legal status as heterosexual ones.

On Virtual, Democratic Communities

May 14, 2004

“On Virtual, Democratic Communities.” Community in the Digital Age, Andrew Feenberg and Darin Barney, editors. (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2004, USA) pp. 225-238.

Wie eine gute globale Gesellschaft entsteht

May 14, 2004

“Wie eine gute globale Gesellschaft entsteht.” Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, No. 2 (2004), pp. 12-30.

Response to Symposium: Do Children Have the Same First Amendment Rights as Adults?

May 14, 2004

Most, if not all, of the participants in this Symposium agree with several basic points set forth in the essay that occasioned this volume: (1) children have fewer free-speech rights than adults, (2) children need to be protected from exposure to violent and vile material, and (3) such protection should be age-graded.

Assimilation to the American Creed

May 14, 2004

“Assimilation to the American Creed.” Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New Immigrants and What it Means to be American, Tamar Jacoby, ed. (Basic Books, 2004, New York) pp. 211-220.

From Empire to Community: A New Approach to International Relations

May 14, 2004

Whether one favors the U.S. global projection of force or is horrified by it, the question stands - where do we go from here? What ought to be the new global architecture? Amitai Etzioni follows a third way, drawing on both neoconservative and liberal ideas, in this bold new look at international relations.

Why DNA testing is worth the risk

May 10, 2004

In this growing debate over the encroachment of science on privacy, the use of DNA testing presents both high risks to privacy and great potential for the public good.